Mizrachi

Pronunciations

Mizrachi (meez-RAH-chee)

Definitions

  • adj. Of or relating to the culture, customs, or ancestry of Jews of Middle Eastern Origin.

  • n. (In plural) these Jews.

Example Sentences

  • "there are strong communities of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews on both coasts of the United States, as well as in Canada and Latin America" (Religion and American Cultures, by Gary Laderman, Luis D. León)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • מזרחי 'eastern, oriental'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Mizrahi

Notes

  • Plural noun form: Mizrachim / Mizrahim (מזרחים, Jews of Middle Eastern origin).

    The groups of Jews from the Middle East are referred to as Adot HaMizrach / Edot Hamizrach (עדות המזרח).

    Especially common in reference to the modern music of Middle Eastern-origin Jews, especially in Israel.

    Note that "Mizrachi" also refers to a religious Zionist political party founded in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century.

    See also Ashkenazi.

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