• v. To be obliged.

  • v. To be responsible.

  • v. To be duty-bound.

  • v. To be indebted.

Example Sentences

  • “A citizen is mechuyav to register with the draft.” (Weiser)

  • “The Menahel is mechuyav to provide a financial statement of the yeshiva to the major donors.” (Weiser)

  • “He felt he was mechuyav to volunteer to help his Rebbe build a Sukkah.” (Weiser)

  • “I can't look him in the eye until I'm no longer mechuyav so much money to him.” (Weiser)

  • "It’s our duty to seek to be mechuyav (obligated) in the Mitzvot since they are for our own good, even if we have all 'halachic' justification to abstain from them." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מחייבֿ זײַן mekhuyav zayn

    • 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

      to be mekhuyav

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