Definitions

  • v. To bless, sanctify.

  • v. To take as one's wife according to Jewish law.

Example Sentences

  • "Coming home from the synagogue on the Day of Atonement, he asked us to go up with him to the roof to mekadesh the levone, that is, to bless the moon with a prayer, a thing we had never done before." (source)

  • "The Yeshiva's hallmark has been its success in creating Bnei Torah who will be Mekadesh Hashem in whatever they do and wherever they might be." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • partial calque of Yiddish מקדש זײַן mekadesh zayn, lit. 'to be mekadesh (makes holy)'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      mekadesh

Notes

  • Sometimes the verb is simply "to mekadesh", but it is more commonly "to be mekadesh".

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