asken, askn, asqan, asqn, asqen, askon, asqon
- A Jewish communal or social worker (Steinmetz)
- A person who is influential in working for the community
- "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
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
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Plural is עסקנים askonim in Yiddish (Hebrew plural askanim).
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