dina demalchuta dina


dina demalchuta dina (DEE-nuh de-mal-KHOO-tuh DEE-nuh) listen


  • n. The law of the state (is the law).

Example Sentences

  • "Where is the line between halacha and dinas dimalchusa [dina?] [W]here do you keep the [local] laws over halacha[?]" (source)

  • "Dina demalchuta dina allowed us to survive and thrive as a people through our historical travels." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic


  • Aram. דינא דמלכותא דינא dina demalchuta dina 'the law of the land is the law'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      dina demalchusa dina, dine demalchusa dine, dinas dimalchusa dinas


  • This law establishes that Jews adhere to the civil laws of the land in which they live, on top of their own Jewish laws. There is, however, some dispute regarding whether this maxim applies only to financial/monetary law or can be considered all-encompassing.

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