pintele yid

Alternative Spellings

pintale yid, pintala yid

Definitions

  • "essential Jewishness"

Example Sentences

  • "A lot of sentimental stories of the shtetl deal with the pintele yid."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

דאָס פּינטעלע ייִד dos píntele yíd 'lit. the dot of the Jew; the quintessence of one's Jewish identity'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

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