maris ayin, mar'it ayin, mar'is ha'ayin, maris ayen
- suspicious-looking action; doing something that may cause an observer to think that one violated halachah and thus arouse suspicion, or alternatively, doing something that could mislead somebody to interpret than an action is permitted and then violate halachah him/herself
- "May I attend the meeting, or do I violate maris ayin if I am seen in a treif restaurant?" (http://israel.aish.com/smicha/KaganoffArticles/maris%20ayin.doc)
Languages of Origin
מראית עין lit. 'appearance to the eye'
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)
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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