freylekh, freylech, fraylich, freilich, frailach
- adj: happy, merry
- noun: (frailach or freylekhs) a lively song/dance performed at simchas
- "We'll dance some freylechs in honor of the occasion."
- "Freylech news!" (subject of an e-mail to a Reform group announcing an engagement). "The staff at Matzav.com would like to wish all of our readers around the globe ah freilichen Purim." (http://matzav.com/ah-freilichen-purim-from-matzavcom-3) "Good Shabbos. Have a freiliche Purim." (http://wwwpearliesofwisdom.blogspot.com/2007/03/purim-shabbos-and-all-that-stuff.html)
Languages of Origin
פֿרײלעך freylekh 'happy, merry', פֿרײלעכס freylekhs 'a kind of lively dance'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
When used as an adjective preceding a noun, it generally takes a Yiddish adjectival suffix, as in: A freylekhn Purim A freilechen Purim A freileche Purim
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