to be mechalel Shabbat


  • v. To desecrate the Sabbath; do things that are forbidden on Shabbat.

Example Sentences

  • "Shari writes that she had to move out of the dorms because kids were mechalel shabbat all the time." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • Y מחלל־שבת זײַן mekhalel-shabes zayn

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      to be mekhalel Shabbat, to be mekhalel Shabbos, to be mechalel Shabbos


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