mashgiach

Pronunciations

mashgiach (mahsh-GEE-ach) listen

Definitions

  • n. "A counselor and spiritual advisor in a yeshiva." (Weiser)

  • n. "A person, usually an Orthodox Jew, who inspects and makes sure all the laws of kashrut are followed [in a slaughterhouse, food-processing factory, restaurant, catering hall, or the like]." (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

  • n. "Bossy, unsolicited advisor." (Weiser)

  • n. "Overseer or inspector: supervisor." (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "Our mashgiach helps by giving us advice." (Weiser)

  • "My roommate acts like my mashgiach, constantly telling me what to do." (Weiser)

  • "The mashgiach had the job of checking the kashrus of the meat."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • מַשְׁגִּֽיחַ 'supervisor, overseer, inspector'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      mashgiakh, mashgiech, mashgiekh

Notes

  • Plural mashgichim.

    See also kosher, hechsher and hashgacha.

    "Mashgichim are often employed by restaurants, supermarkets, kosher butchers, and food manufacturers. When food is certified by the mashgiach, a hekhsher...is issued." (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

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