chilul Ha-shem, chilul Hashem
- disgracing God's name; an action that might be looked down upon; an action that might make Jews look bad
- "Another Jew arrested for embezzlement--what a chilul hashem."
Languages of Origin
חילול השם 'blasphemy', lit. 'desecration of the (Divine) Name'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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