mah nishtana


mah nishtana (mah nish-tah-NAH) listen


Example Sentences

  • "I'm the youngest, so I want to say Ma Nishtana!" (Glinert)

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  • "Michael, you're so early to services for once! Mah nishtana?"

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Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מה נשתנה ma nishtana 'what distinguishes (this night from all other nights)' > Y מה־נשתּנה ma-nishtane

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      ma nishtana, mah nishtanah, ma nishtana, ma nishtane, mah nishtane

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