machlokes, makhloyke, makhloykes
- disagreement, dispute, argument, conflict, especially one about a halachic issue
- "Hillel and Shamai have a machloket over when someone can say Shema."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Heb מחלוקת makhlóket 'dispute, controversy', Yiddish makhlóykes
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
This usually refers to a rabbinic arguments, but in modern times can refer to any disagreement.
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