pasken

Alternative Spellings

paskn, paskan

Definitions

  • to rule halachically

Example Sentences

  • "Rav Moshe paskens that this milk is kosher."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish פּסקענען páskenen 'to judge, rule, decide' (verbal stem is פּסקן paskn) (from Heb root פ-ס-ק, to rule)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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