- honest, legitimate
- "They're really erliche Yidden."
- "Years ago the highest compliment that one could give to a Jew was not that he or she is frum, but that he or she is ehrlich." (http://personal.stevens.edu/~llevine/Frum_or_Ehrlich_v3.pdf)
Languages of Origin
ערלעך erlekh (honest, religious)
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Often used with Yiddish prenominal adjectival suffix: erliche yidden. "Erlich" connotes complete or legitimate observance, not honesty in personal dealings.
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