Alternative Spellings

Hashpa'a, Hashpoe, Hashpo'e, Hashpoeh, Hashpo'eh, Hashpaah, Hashpaa


  • Influence, or effect, particularly on one's character, development, and/or behavior
  • Motivating force, source for change in one's actions, influence

Example Sentences

  • "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, Yiddish


Hebrew השפעה hashpa'ah, Yiddish השפּעה hashpoe.

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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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