• n. An itinerant teacher.

  • n. A teacher of the Torah in Eastern Europe.

Example Sentences

  • “To be sure, some maggidim were messianic, fulminating orators of the fire-and-brimstone school, fundamentalists who hammered away at sin and its fearful punishment, like the revivalists of the American 'Bible belt.' But the most beloved maggidim were the homey philosopher types—good-natured, humane, tolerant of human frailty, skillful in mixing jokes, stories, and parables into their sermons." (NJY)

  • "The most famous maggid was the one who spoke regularly to Rabbi Yosef Caro (1488-1575) the author the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. As a rule, the maggid would appear to him early on Shabbat morning after Caro had studied several chapters of Mishnah." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מַגִּיד > Y מגיד maged

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      magid, maged, magged


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