n. "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
- 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).
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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