lav

Alternative Spellings

lov

Definitions

  • לאו A scriptural prohibition

Example Sentences

  • "I would do it, but the Talmud says it's a lav."

Languages of Origin

Aramaic

Etymology

lav 'no, not'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

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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