gehenom

Definitions

  • n. Considered to be a temporary place one's soul goes after death, for atonement, before reuniting with God.

  • n. Hell (metaphoric).

Example Sentences

  • "Gehenom is very different from the popular image of Hell."

  • "This temporary place of atonement is called Gehenom, and lasts for 11 or 12 months after someone passes away" (source).

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • Hebrew גהנם gehenom, potentially from a valley in Jerusalem called Genenna.

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      gehinom, gehinnom, gihinnom, gihennom, gehennom, geheynom, gehenna

Notes

  • It was an area south of Jerusalem where children were reputed to have been sacrificed to the idol Moloch and therefore regarded as accursed and evil.

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