shomu shomayim

Alternative Spellings

shomu shamaim, shomu shamayim

Definitions

  • woe is me!
  • heaven forbid!

Example Sentences

  • If the allegations are true then shomu shamayim, but again let daas Torah decide what should be done. (http://www.vosizneias.com/46949/2010/01/14/israel-supreme-court-refuses-extradition-of-mondrowitz-to-u-s/)

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

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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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