cholov yisroel


cholov yisroel (CHOH-lohv yis-ROH-el) listen


  • n. "Milk which has been milked under Jewish supervision" (Glinert).

Example Sentences

  • "They won't eat this milk chocolate because it doesn't contain chalav yisrael." (Glinert)

  • "Both are strict vegetarian. Happy family may have a dairy dish - if someone in your party eats only Holov Yisro'el, (חלב ישראל), or Pat Yisrael (פת ישראל) then avoid the wheat and dairy dishes." (source)

  • "Although Rav Moshe concludes that where one can rely that the standardly available milk is kosher there is no prohibition of chalav akum, he still rules in a different teshuvah that a chinuch institution must use only chalav Yisrael products even if all the children come from homes that do not use chalav Yisrael exclusively." (source)

  • "But in chutz l’aretz (outside of Israel), when it is difficult to obtain chalav Yisrael, the principle halakha goes according to the lenient opinion." (source)

  • "The vast majority of dairy processing facilities (milk bottling plants, butter, ice cream and cheese factories, etc.) which manufacture cholov Yisroel products are not dedicated to cholov Yisroel production most of the time." (source)

  • "Today, we have a full array of quality Cholov Yisroel products that are readily available to Kosher consumers." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • חלב ישראל chalav yisra'el 'Jewish milk, that is milk that has been supervised by Jews during the milking process.'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


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


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

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