interj. If only; I wish.
v. I wish.
"'In a few years we'll celebrate at your son's bris.' 'Halevai!'"
"Halevai it snowed and I wouldn't have to go to English today." (Weiser)
“Next year could be better, halevay.” (NJY)
“He has a chance of getting into Harvard. Halevay!” (NJY)
“Sick? He’s dying, the poor man—halevay [I hope] I am wrong.” (NJY)
“They warned me a hundred times. I should have listened. Halevay.” (NJY)
Languages of Origin
- Modern Hebrew
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
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