meykil

Alternative Spellings

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

Definitions

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

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

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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