machloket

Alternative Spellings

machlokes, makhloyke, makhloykes

Definitions

  • disagreement, dispute, argument, conflict, especially one about a halachic issue

Example Sentences

  • "Hillel and Shamai have a machloket over when someone can say Shema."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb מחלוקת makhlóket 'dispute, controversy', Yiddish makhlóykes

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

This usually refers to a rabbinic arguments, but in modern times can refer to any disagreement.

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