• n. A lenient ruling or measure.

  • n. "A leniency based on subtle legality: Loophole" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "As we have seen, a kula is a non-chumra."(source)

  • "He lived his life by so many kulos that most people didn't even know that he was frum." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • קולה kulah 'leniency'

    • 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)


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      kula, koolah, kuloh, kooloh, kuleh, kooleh, cooleh, cooloh, coolah, koola, kulo, koolo, kula, koole, coole, coolo, coola

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