askan

Alternative Spellings

asken, askn, asqan, asqn, asqen, askon, asqon

Definitions

  • A Jewish communal or social worker (Steinmetz)
  • A person who is influential in working for the community
  • Activist

Example Sentences

  • "To an Askon such as you, it is unnecessary to elaborate on the fact that time is especially of the essence in such a case." (Menachem Mendel S Schneerson)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

From Yiddish עסקן asken, which is from the Hebrew עסקן askan, derived from esek, meaning business.

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)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Plural is עסקנים askonim in Yiddish (Hebrew plural askanim).

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