bli ayin hara


bli ayin hara (blee AH-yeen hah-RAH) listen
bli ayin hara (BLEE ah-YEEN hah-RAH) listen


  • interj. An expression often uttered after positive information to ward off the evil eye or bad luck.

Example Sentences

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

  • "Hey, your husband's looking really well, bli ayin ha-ra." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


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

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      bli ayin hora, bli ayin harah

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