ken yirbu, keyn yirbu
- "So they may increase in number"
- "I often nod my head and agree and say, kein yirbu!" (https://jewishlink.news/editorials/36320-from-tu-b-shevat-to-table-tennis)
Languages of Origin
כן ירבו kein yirbu 'more the better'
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)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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