mayim achronim

Alternative Spellings

mayim ahronim, mayim acharonim, mayim aharonim, mayim akhronim


  • 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).


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

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