n. "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence.
"She should use her saykhel for such an important decision."
“This time, we are not dealing with a rasha (an evil person) but a person who lacks sechel” (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb שכל sékhel, Yiddish שׂכל séykhl
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
saykhel, seychel, seykhel, seichel, seykhl, saichel
This word originally stems from Hebrew but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.
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