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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Definitions for mishpocha

  1. an entire family network comprising relatives by blood and marriage and sometimes including close friends; clan.

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Citations for mishpocha
Levinsky told him he didn't need a lawyer. "Dealing with us is like mishpocha. Who needs a lawyer to talk to mishpocha." Simon learned later they had cheated him, but who cares, who would have cared? Arthur A. Cohen, In the Days of Simon Stern, 1973
“You can speak now. We're all mishpocha here and we got no secrets.” Leon Uris, Exodus, 1958
Origin of mishpocha
Mishpocha entered English in the mid-1800s and comes from the Yiddish and Hebrew words for "family" or "clan."