• Literally "bring closer", used in the sense of bringing closer to traditional Judaism A noun for one who brings people closer to traditional Judaism.

Example Sentences

  • "Rov Glazer was mekarev me."
  • "He is a mekarev, bringing people to Torah and mitzvot."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb מקרב mekarev 'bring closer, draw nearer' (infinitive לקרב lekarev), Yiddish מקרבֿ זײַן mekarev zayn 'to bring closer, draw nearer; befriend' (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)
    • 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).


      • Generally used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be")

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