maapilim

Alternative Spellings

ma'apilim

Definitions

  • Jews who immigrated illegally to Palestine during British control in the 1930s and 1940s - Aliyah Bet
  • Biblical: the group of the Children of Israel that went, unauthorized, to the Land of Israel after the episode with the spies

Example Sentences

  • "On the shores of Israel’s Mediterranean coast lies a defunct detention camp that now serves as a museum of the legacy of the Ma’apilim" (http://www.thejc.com/judaism/jewish-words/maapilim)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

מעפילים ma'apilim

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

plural of ma'apil

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