Alternative Spellings

mishpocheh, mushpuche, mishpokhe


  • "Literally, "family". ...The word conveys a warm feeling of friendship." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • On a wedding celebration invitation: "Come celebrate with us as we welcome a new branch of our Mishpacha"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb משפּחה mishpakhá, Yiddish mishpókhe

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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