shekel

Alternative Spellings

sheqel

Definitions

  • "1. The silver coin...used by the Jews in Biblical times...Today, it is the name for the monetary unit in the State of Israel. 2. Slang for cash or money." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I paid seven shekel for falafel."
  • "Can't buy lunch today, I'm out of shekels."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

שקל

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America, Great Britain

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Israelis use the new shekel, as there was also a shekel currency during the 1st & 2nd Temple periods. Hebrew plural is shkalim / shekalim / sheqalim (שקלים), but in Jewish English the "s" plural is often used.

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