n. "A fixed rule: principle" (Weiser).
n. "[C]ommunity" (Steinmetz, Yiddish and English).
n. "A generally accepted rule: guideline" (Weiser).
"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)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb. כְּלָל 'rule, principle; total; community' > Yid. כּלל 'rule'
- 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).
Who Uses This
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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