Definitions

  • interj. "God be with you!" Sephardi greeting stated by individuals approaching the Torah-reading desk after being called up to the Torah.

Example Sentences

  • "Why do some say, 'Hashem imachem,' before the blessings?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • השם אמכם hashem immakhem 'God (literally, "the Name") be with you' where hashem is a circumlocution for God's name, and is pronounced as אדני Adonai 'God (literally, "my Lord") in prayer, which itself is another circumlocution.

    • 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)
      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      Hashem imahem, Hashem eemahem, Hashem eemmahem, Hashem immahem, Hashem eemachem, Hashem immachem, Hashem eemmachem, Hashem imakhem, Hashem eemakhem, Hashem immakhem, Hashem eemmakhem, Adonai imachem, Adonai eemahem, Adonai immahem, Adonai eemahem, Adonai eemachem, Adonai immachem, Adonai eemmachem, Adonai imakhem, Adonai eemakhem, Adonai immakhem, Adonai eemmakhem, Adonay imachem, Adonay eemahem, Adonay immahem, Adonay eemahem, Adonay eemachem, Adonay immachem, Adonay eemmachem, Adonay imakhem, Adonay eemakhem, Adonay immakhem, Adonay eemmakhem

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