- an irreverent or derogatory name for Jesus Christ
- a nickname for Yosef or Yehoshua (archaic Yiddish form)
- "Christmas is Yoshke's birthday."
Languages of Origin
יאָשקע - a Yiddish diminutive form of Jesus' Hebrew name
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
North America, Great Britain
Also: Yoshke Panderik (יאָשקע פּאַנדריק) or Yoshke Pandre (יאָשקע פּאַנדרע). A book called "Toldot Yeshua" claimed that his father was actually a Roman soldier named "Pandeira," whose identity was hidden by Mary. See also: http://forward.com/culture/160737/yoshke-of-nazareth/. In the 1970s in North London, a local secondary school, known officially as Christ's College, was known to local Jews as "Yoshke's Yeshiva" (because of the large proportion of Jewish students).
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