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klal yisroel

Alternative Spellings

klal yisrael


  • "synonym for the Jewish people" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "The story of Passover is the origin story of Klal Yisrael."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


כלל ישראל 'lit. all of Israel'

Who Uses This

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


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).


More common among Orthodox Jews.

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