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Alternative Spellings

madreyga, madreiga, madregah, madreigah, madreygah, madrege, madreyge, madreige, madregeh, madreygeh, madreigeh, madrego, madreigo


  • level, especially spiritual level

Example Sentences

  • "You're shomer, so you're on a different madreige of frumkeit."
  • "It was a spiritual ascension, a completely different madrega (mystical level) of holiness" (
  • "There are various madreigos of chillul Shabbos legabei a sick person" (Weiser 54)
  • "The Rov is on a higher madrega than people like us."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew


מדרגה Heb. madrega, Yid. madreyge

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)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


North America, Australia / New Zealand


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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