• n. "A fixed rule: principle" (Weiser).

  • n. "[C]ommunity" (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English).

  • n. "A generally accepted rule: guideline" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "There is a klal that when one is uncertain whether they must make a bracha on food, they may omit the bracha."

  • "It is in the best interest of the klal that we open a second synogogue in the neighborhood."

  • "There is a klal behind all the yeshiva's policies." (Weiser)

  • "As a klal, you should go and get all the seforim you'll need before you sit down for seder."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. כְּלָל 'rule, principle; total; community' > Yid. כּלל 'rule'

    • Who Uses This

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


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


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).


  • Plural klalim / klallim / klolim / klollim / klulim / klullim.

    Most often used in its 'general rule' sense when discussing a halachic topic.

    See also klal yisroel.

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