seykhel, seychel, saykhel
- "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence
- “This time, we are not dealing with a rasha (an evil person) but a person who lacks sechel” (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=36231)
- "She should use her saykhel for such an important decision."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb שכל sékhel, Yiddish שׂכל séykhl
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
This word originally stems from Hebrew but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.
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