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)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- 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.
Edit Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.