- literally "big," refers to particularly well respected rabbis; "luminary" (Weiser)
- "He is really a godol in our community."
Languages of Origin
Heb גדול gadól 'big', Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb גדול gódl 'prominent man, scholar' (plural גדולים gdóylim)
Who Uses This
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).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
used mostly by Haredi Litvish Jews, with stress on the first syllable
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