machloket

Pronunciations

machloket (makh-loh-ket) listen

Definitions

  • n. 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      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).

      Alternative Spellings

      machlokes, makhloyke, makhloykes

Notes

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

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