• n. Sickness, disease.

  • n. A craze.

Example Sentences

  • “The whole dorm came down with the same machla, and almost no one came to shiur." (Weiser)

  • “I don't see how the bochrim could get caught up in the machla of paying hundreds of dollars for sneakers.” (Weiser)

  • "I am very sorry to report that after a heroic 22-month battle against the machla, our beloved Rabbi Avraham Meir Levy, zt”l, was niftar on Shabbos." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מחלה > Y מחלה makhle

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings


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