- "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)
- "I paid seven shekel for falafel."
- "Can't buy lunch today, I'm out of shekels."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew
Who Uses This
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
North America, Great Britain
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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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