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Friday, December 15, 2017

Definitions for mishpocha

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

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Citations for mishpocha
You can speak now. We're all mishpocha here and we got no secrets. Leon Uris, Exodus, 1958
Soon she was photographing her parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins—the whole mishpocha—finding loopy antics and exaggerated period detail in holiday gatherings and daily ritual. , "Seventies Long Island: The Whole Mishpocha," The New Yorker, June 3, 2015
Origin of mishpocha
There are several spellings for mishpocha (e.g., mishpochah, mishpacha, mishpachah) and pronunciations for the -ch- (representing the Hebrew letter heth) that Americans find difficult. Mishpocha comes from mishpokhe, the Yiddish pronunciation of Hebrew mishpāḥāh “family, clan.” Mishpocha entered English in the mid-19th century.