kiddush Hashem

Alternative Spellings

kidush Hashem, kiddush Ha-shem

Definitions

  • the sanctification of God's name; "bringing honor to God" (Glinert)
  • martyrdom

Example Sentences

  • "Make sure you behave well when you go on your school trip wearing your kippahs--it's a kiddush hashem!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

קידוש השם

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).

Notes

opposite of chillul Hashem, חילול השם

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