• n. (literally and figuratively) An angel.

Example Sentences

  • "We were too small to carry our own Torah scroll, so we made a malekh, or angel, instead. We put aside our little flags and candles for the moment. An adult would gather six or eight us together. He would throw a prayer shawl over us, while he carried a Torah scroll. It was as if all of us were dancing with his one Torah." (source)

  • "That was a narrow escape - you must have a malach looking after you." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מלאך malakh > Y מלאך malekh

    • 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


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      malach, malakh, malech


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