Alternative Spellings

lhavdil, lehavdil, l'havdl


  • to make a distinction (between two very different things)

Example Sentences

  • "V'Ahavata was a grand slam from the first listen. It didn't matter how gratuitous the song was. It just hit all the right spots; l'Havdil, sort of how I feel about most every song by Led Zeppelin (the l'Havdil refers to the blasphemy of comparing anything to the gadlus of LZ)." (http://stillwonderin.blogspot.com/2007/04/did-eli-gerstner-phone-it-in_05.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


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


North America


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

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