shomu shomayim

Pronunciations

shomu shomayim (SHO-moo sha-MAH-yim) listen

Definitions

  • interj. Heaven forbid!

  • interj. Woe is me!

Example Sentences

  • If the allegations are true then shomu shamayim, but again let daas Torah decide what should be done. (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • שומו שמים (also spelled שומו שמיים)

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      shomu shamaim, shomu shamayim

Notes

  • Found in the Bible (e.g., Jeremiah 2:12, where it is translated in JPS Tanakh as "Be astonished, O ye heavens")

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