Madlik stems from the Hebrew root for “to light” – D/L/K. For example, delek is “gasoline,” hadlaka is “lighting” and l’hadlik means “to light” (those of you who regularly light Shabbat candles will be familiar with this word). Madlik has been adopted as an adjective to describe something that is surprisingly great, as if it just appeared like a lit flame. It is often used with the word eizeh (“What a…” or “How…”)
- Ronit: Look at this great new invention – it’s a combination lemon juice squeezer and garlic press!
Sarah: Eizeh madlik!
- Niv: I just bought these new red shoes!