machanayim

Alternative Spellings

machanaim

Definitions

  • A dodgeball-like game common at Orthodox camps.

Example Sentences

  • "Machanayim was fun although there was always one kid who was a bit rough." (https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/hands-up-who-went-to-habo/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

מחניים machanayim 'two camps/encampments' (location name: Genesis 32:2). Game name refers to the two teams.

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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