pshetl

Alternative Spellings

pishetel, pishetl, peshetl, pshetel

Definitions

  • subtle or hair-splitting argument about a Jewish text
  • dvar torah (Orthodox)

Example Sentences

  • "Pshetl is always an attempt to find the dialectics in the most simple things, and this is what the talmudic scholars used to love." (http://curiousjew.blogspot.com/2008/08/simple-jew-torah-prayer.html)
  • "why should our boys feel that it's ok for them to deviate and not lein or give a pshetel regardless of how uncomfortable he feels in the role of public speaking?" (http://www.rabbihorowitz.com/PYes/ArticleDetails.cfm?Book_ID=1105&ThisGroup_ID=238&Type=Article)
  • "At my bar mitzvah, my father went all out, so I prepared the parsha, which was a relatively short one, thank heavens, and memorized a 15 page lomdishe pshetl in yiddish. It took about 20-25 minutes to say. In middle of delivering the pshetl, one of my uncles asked me a kushya." (http://rabbifleischmann.blogspot.com/2009/08/guest-post-rabbi-pesach-sommer.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

פּשטל pshetl (Yiddish diminutive of פּשט pshat)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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