shana alef

Alternative Spellings

shanah alef, shana aleph, shanah aleph

Definitions

  • the post-high school gap year that young men and women spend studying at yeshivot and seminaries in Israel

Example Sentences

  • "I did my shana alef at Gush."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

'שנה אלף, שנה א 'year A, year one'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

If it is succeeded, the next year is called "shana bet" ('שנה ב), year B.

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