- comrade, mister (in left-wing political organizations)
- "He's my closest chaver" (Rosten)
- "The chair now recognizes Chaver Falstein." (Rosten)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Who Uses This
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Yiddish Fem. חבֿרטע (kháverte / cháverte) was also used in left-wing political contexts. The Modern Hebrew word chaver was made popular throughout the world by Bill Clinton in his eulogy for Yitzhak Rabin: "Shalom, chaver."
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