n. Motivating force, source for change in one's actions, influence.
n. Influence, or effect, particularly on one's character, development, and/or behaviors.
"Just walking in the city can have a bad hashpa'ah on you." (Weiser)
"My brother's encouragement was a real hashpa'ah for me to learn more." (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Hebrew השפעה hashpa'a, Yiddish השפּעה hashpoe, 'influence'
- 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).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
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