mesiras nefesh

Alternative Spellings

mesirat nefesh, mesiros nefesh, mesirot nefesh, mesirus nefesh, mesirut nefesh


  • self-sacrifice

Example Sentences

  • "The mesiras nefesh, incredible warmth, and caring to two strangers was outstanding. What sterling middos!" (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


מסירת נפש, מסירות נפש

Who Uses This

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


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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