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machal

Alternative Spellings

mahal, makhal

Definitions

  • a volunteer from outside Israel serving in the Israeli army

Example Sentences

  • "Barry, a Machal, is from California."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

מח"ל, Hebrew acronym from מתנדבי חוץ לארץ 'volunteers from outside the Land'

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

The Hebrew term is plural; a singular volunteer can be called a מח"לניק makhalnik

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