v. Literally "bring closer", used in the sense of bringing closer to traditional Judaism.
n. One who brings people closer to traditional Judaism.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
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)
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
Generally used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be")
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