mayim achronim


mayim achronim (MAH-yeem ach-roh-NEEM) listen


  • 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)."

  • "We'll talk about that later. Let's do mayim acharonim and say Birkat ha-Mazon." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מים אחרונים máyim akharoním 'after (meal) water' > Y מים אחרונים màyim-akhróynim

    • Who Uses This

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


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


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

      Alternative Spellings

      mayim ahronim, mayim acharonim, mayim aharonim, mayim akhronim

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