n. Considered to be a temporary place one's soul goes after death, for atonement, before reuniting with God.
n. (metaphoric) Hell.
"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
Hebrew גהנם gehenom, potentially from a valley in Jerusalem called Genenna
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
Gehinom, Gehinnom, Gihinnom, Gihennom, Gehennom, Geheynom, Gehenna, Geihinnom, Geihinom
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.
Edit Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.