• prep. At (a location); at the house of; with, among.

  • prep. According to the opinion of.

  • prep. At (a time of year, month, or other time).

Example Sentences

  • “I’ve been waiting by [at] the bus station 45 minutes already.”

  • “Things they’ve seen by their parents.”

  • “Who’s Reb Yehuda holding by?”

  • “I pasken [rule halachically] by him.”

  • "We're eating by Feldman this Shabbos."

  • “I just saw her by the rehearsal.”

  • "I'm staying by the Moskowitzs this shabbos, and next week I'm staying by the Leibowitzes."

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Yiddish


  • Yiddish preposition בײַ bay/ba 'at, near, with'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      bay, bei


  • Very common among Orthodox Jews, including ba'alei teshuva. Research shows that younger Orthodox Jews are more likely to use this than older Orthodox Jews.

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