n. A volunteer from outside Israel serving in the Israeli army.
"Barry, a Machal, is from California."
Languages of Origin
- Modern Hebrew
מח"ל, Hebrew acronym from מתנדבי חוץ לארץ 'volunteers from outside the Land'
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- North America
Who Uses This
The Hebrew term is plural; a singular volunteer can be called a מח"לניק makhalnik
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