• adj. “Characterized by a perceived lack of rigor or strict attention to more than the absolutely requisite Orthodox values or practices: LIBERAL.” (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • “His views are too modern for the principal to let him teach in the elementary school.” (Weiser)

  • "Breuer's is a regular black hat yeshiva, definitely not MO (although some more modernish kids may attend) but also not ultra-frummish (where they don't interact with the world)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

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

modernish, modernish

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