• a question, usually while looking for a halachic ruling

Example Sentences

  • I asked my Rov a shaila about the brocha on sushi.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Hebrew שְׁאֵלָה she'elá, Ashkenazi/Yiddish pronunciation [shayle]
    • Who Uses This

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


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      shayla, shaylah, shailah, shayle, she'ela, sheilah

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