bli ayin hara

Alternative Spellings

bli ayin hora, bli ayin harah

Definitions

  • Formula said in conjunction with a positive statement to ward off the evil eye. Lit. "without the evil eye."

Example Sentences

  • My kids are all doing great, bli ayin hara.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

בלי עין הרע 'without the evil eye'; Modern Hebrew calque of Yiddish keynahora

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Similar to knocking on wood. See also keinahora.

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