Hashem

Pronunciations

Hashem (hah-SHEM)

Definitions

  • n. God, lit. "the name."

Example Sentences

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • השם hashem

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

  • Using this euphemism for God, literally 'the name,' "comes from the belief that the name of God should only be said in prayer and with reverence, so in conversation and in casual writings another name os often used" (Eisenberg)

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