machal

Pronunciations

machal (MAH-chahl)

Definitions

  • n. 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

      Alternative Spellings

      mahal, makhal

Notes

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

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