• adj. Easygoing, lenient, liberal.

  • adj. Indulgent.

  • n. A decisor who follows a lenient option and issues a kulah.

Example Sentences

  • "The bochrim only like that teacher because he is meikl in marking tests." (Weiser)

  • The Mashgiach is never meikl on attendance at seder." (Weiser)

  • "The Beis Din was meikl on the damages, and only awarded a few dollars." (Weiser)

  • "He went there specifically with his shaila, because that rabbi is known to be a meikl." (Weiser)

  • "If you want to ask a rabbi what you should do, ask Danny's uncle. He's very meykl." (Glinert)

  • "There are rabbis who are reported to be meykl and rabbis who are reported to be machmir." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מקיל mekil 'lenient'

    • 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)


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      meykil, maykil, maykil, meikil, mekil, meykel, maykel, meikel, mekel, meykl, maykl, meikl, mekl

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