Alternative Spellings

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


  • A lenient ruling or measure
  • "A leniency based on subtle legality: Loophole" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "As we have seen, a kula is a non-chumra." (https://books.google.com/books?id=2E9CAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA534&lpg=PA534&dq=%22a+kula%22+talmud&source=bl&ots=4v9sIWhTNw&sig=ACfU3U2MGUTuFm-3hxpGo092l3F3FL4rFA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwji5KWZoJTqAhX0JTQIHcxHC58Q6AEwAHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22a%20kula%22%20talmud&f=false)
  • "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


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

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