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What does the word "goy" mean?

by Rabbi Mendy Hecht

  

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"Goy" is a Hebrew word which means "nation." It’s found frequently in the Torah, where it usually refers to "the nations," i.e. anyone not Jewish, outside the "Nation of Israel," i.e. the Jewish People. However, since it is a neutral phrase, it sometimes refers to the Jews as well.

The plural of goy is goyim; the plural of nation is nations. One goy, two goyim. One nation, two nations.

Today, the word "goy" is most often used to simply mean "non-Jew".

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