sechel

Alternative Spellings

seykhel, seychel, saykhel

Definitions

  • "Common sense" (JPS), intelligence

Example Sentences

  • “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

Etymology

Heb שכל sékhel, Yiddish שׂכל séykhl

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Weiser: Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

This word originally stems from Hebrew but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.

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