• n. Basis, grounds, authority.

Example Sentences

  • Rebbe brought down a Tosfos as a smach for his pshat in the Taz.” (Weiser)

  • "So the notion of bochurim being allowed to take up smoking on the smach they will later quit is immature, medically foolish, and against halacha." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH סמך > Y סמך semakh

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings


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