n. The silver coin used by the Jews in Biblical times.
n. The monetary unit in the State of Israel.
n. Cash, money.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew
TH שקל > MH שֶׁקֶל shekel, Y שקל shekl
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
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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