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)
"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
מַשְׁגִּֽיחַ 'supervisor, overseer, inspector'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- 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).
Who Uses This
mashgiakh, mashgiech, mashgiekh
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