mekarev (meh-KA-rayv) listen


  • v. (oftentimes 'to be mekarev') To bring one closer to traditional Judaism.

  • n. 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."

  • "To the hardcore Chasidim, I was probably as good as goy, and I never took to being mkareved (brought into Orthodoxy) by Chabad (religiously curious, I’ve always been the perfect bait)." (source)

  • "He wants to be a Hillel rabbi so he can mekarev people." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מקרב mekarev 'bring closer, draw nearer' (infinitive לקרב lekarev) > Y מקרבֿ זײַן mekarev zayn 'to bring closer, draw nearer; befriend'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings


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