yiddishkeit

Alternative Spellings

yidishkayt, yiddishkayt, jiddischkeit

Definitions

  • "Jewishness"; sometimes used interchangeably with 'Judaism' or 'Jewish culture'

Example Sentences

  • "He really loves Yiddishkeit."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

ייִדישקײט yídishkayt

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Yiddishists

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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