mayim achronim


  • n. Ritual hand-washing before saying the prayer after a meal.

Example Sentences

  • Pass around the Mayim Achronim Vasser (small laver and dish) before bentching (blessing after the meal).

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. מים אחרונים máyim akharoním 'after (meal) water', Yiddish/Ashkenazi pronuciation màyim-akhróynim

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      mayim ahronim, mayim acharonim, mayim aharonim, mayim akhronim


  • máyim akharoním (Sephardi or Israeli pronunciation) or máyim akhró(y)nim (Ashkenazi or Yiddish)

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