- to fulfill, perform, carry out, realize (e.g., a great mitzvah, prophecy, goal)
- "A group of chasidishe rabbonim is planning to charter a plane out of Newark Airport an fly at a higher altitude in case of cloudy weather to be sure of being makayem this great mitzvah." (http://www.vosizneias.com/27582/2009/02/18/new-york-jews-around-the-globe-gear-up-for-once-in-28-years-birkas-hachama/)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb מקיים mekayem 'fulfill, perform, realize' (infinitive לקיים lekayem), Yiddish מקיים זײַן mekáyem zayn (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
often used in a periphrastic verb phrase: "to be mekayem (something)"
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