lemaan Hashem

Alternative Spellings

lema-an Hashem, lema'an Hashem, lamaan Hashem, lama'an Hashem, lama-an Hashem, limaan Hashem, lima'an Hashem, lima-an Hashem

Definitions

  • "Definitely"

Example Sentences

  • "Lemaan Hashem, our families will have Shabbat dinner this month!"
  • "Raboisai! It’s almost Elul. Enough of this nonsense. Limaan Hashem, we need to do teshuva." (https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1334566/video-photos-police-arrest-6-raid-meah-shearim-office-helps-people-get-idf-deferments.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

למען השם lemaan Hashem 'for God's sake'

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)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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