hashpa'ah (hahsh-pah'-AH) listen


  • n. Motivating force, source for change in one's actions, influence.

  • n. Influence, or effect, particularly on one's character, development, and/or behaviors.

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'a, Yiddish השפּעה hashpoe, 'influence'

    • 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).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      hashpa'a, hashpoe, hashpo'e, hashpoeh, hashpo'eh, hashpaah, hashpaa

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