aku"m, akkum, akoom, akkoom
- A Talmudic term for a heathen.
- "The man who works on Shabbat is an Akkum."
Languages of Origin
Acronym: עובד כוכבים ומזלות oved kochavim umazzalot 'worshipper of stars and constellations'
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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