adj. "Not harsh or strict: Easygoing" (Weiser)
adj. "Yielding to wishes: Indulgent" (Weiser)
n. A decisor who follows a lenient option and issues a kulah (lenient ruling).
adj. "Taking the lenient position: Liberal" (Weiser)
adj. "One who is not strict: Liberal, Latitudinarian." (Weiser)
"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'
- 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).
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