l'havdil

Pronunciations

l'havdil (leh-hahv-DEEL) listen
le-havdil (le-HAHV-dill) listen
lehavdil (leh-HAHV-deel) listen

Definitions

  • interj. To make a distinction (between two very different things).

Example Sentences

  • "Which one excites you more, that your child knows Gemoro by heart or l'havdil that he knows Shakespeare…" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb להבדיל lehavdíl 'to separate or distinguish', through Yiddish להבֿדיל lehávdl 'to make a distinction'

    • Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      lhavdil, lehavdil, l'havdl

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