mekarev

Definitions

  • Literally "bring closer", used in the sense of bringing closer to traditional Judaism

Example Sentences

  • "Rov Glazer was mekarev me."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb מקרב mekarév 'bring closer, draw nearer' (infinitive לקרב lekarév), Yiddish מקרבֿ זײַן mekárev 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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

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

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