• n. (especially in halachic discussions) A rule, principle, guideline.

  • n. Community.

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


  • TH כְּלָל 'rule, principle; total; community' > Y כּלל klal '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).


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