• n. Approval, consent.

  • n. “A letter of approbation: COMMENDATION.” (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • “The Menahel had to give his haskama before the bochrim could use the kitchen.” (Weiser)

  • “He persuaded the Rosh Yeshiva to write him a haskma for his new sefer.” (Weiser)

  • "Regrading how to get a haskama: I would recommend personally taking the manuscript to the Rabbi from whom you want to get an approbation, handing to him and reminding him of who you are, how you know him and what your credentials are." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y הסכּמה haskome

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      haskome, haskamah

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