chillul Hashem


chillul Hashem (chee-LOOL hah-SHEM) listen
chillul Hashem (CHIH-luhl hah-SHEM) listen


  • n. Disgracing God's name; an action that might be looked down upon; an action that might make Jews look bad.

Example Sentences

  • "Another Jew arrested for embezzlement--what a chilul hashem."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • חילול השם 'blasphemy', lit. 'desecration of the (Divine) Name'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      chilul Ha-shem, chilul Hashem

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