Avinu Malkeinu


Avinu Malkeinu (ah-VEE-noo mahl-KEI-noo) listen


  • n. "A High Holy Day prayer in which God is asked to 'be gracious to us and answer us, even though we have not done all the good that we might have'" (JPS).

Example Sentences

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אבינו מלכנו avinu malkenu 'our Father, our King', the opening line of the prayer, and the words are, "repeated at the beginning of each line of the prayer" (JPS).

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Ovinu Malkeinu, Avinu Malkenu, Ovinu Malkenu, Avinu Malkeynu, Ovinu Malkeynu, Avinu Malkaynu, Ovinu Malkaynu, Aveenu Malkeinu, Oveenu Malkeinu, Aveenu Malkenu, Oveenu Malkenu, Aveenu Malkeynu, Oveenu Malkeynu, Aveenu Malkaynu, Oveenu Malkaynu

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