• v. To talk incessantly.

  • v. To lecture.

  • v. To scrutinize.

  • n. A preacher, orator.

Example Sentences

  • “At night, my roommate darshen for hours about whatever comes to his mind.” (Weiser)

  • “My boss darshened about the need for saving money on phone calls.” (Weiser)

  • “My chavrusa darshened the posuk so intensely that he found chidushim that Moishe Rabbeinu could never have intended.” (Weiser)

  • "Being able to darshen does not make you a gadol batorah" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • דרשען darshen 'to preach'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      darshn, darshan

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