ahavas yisroel

Alternative Spellings

ahavat yisrael, ahaves yisrael, ahavas yisrael, ahavat yisroel, ahaves yisroel, ahavat yisra'el, ahaves yisra'el, ahavas yisra'el, ahavat yisro'el, ahaves yisro'el, ahavas yisro'el


  • "Love of one's fellow Jew" (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "the mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel, “Mitzvas asei le’ehov kol echad v’echad mi’Yisroel kegufo”, is a positive commandment to love every Jew in the same manner that we love ourselves. This mitzvah is a klal gadol ba’Torah (fundamental principle of Torah), and furthermore, it is the yesod (foundation) of our Torah, upon which the entire Torah is based." (http://www.halacha2go.com/blog/tx00397/)
  • "His Ahavas Yisroel, his love of doing mitzvos and teaching others, and his love of Torah are something each of us can take to heart and try to improve on." (https://collive.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Learning4Zalman-Ahavas-Yisroel.pdf)
  • "In 1976, the Lubavitcher Rebbe added the mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew) to his “mitzvah campaign”—a shortlist of practical actions he proposed with the goal of encouraging every Jew, regardless of his or her degree of religious observance, to do a G‑dly deed." (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/142444/jewish/Because-Were-All-One.htm)
  • "Those guys who volunteered for the Entebbe Raid showed such ahavat yisrael." (Glinert)
  • "That play had such anti-Semitic overtones; the characters were such stereotypes. For a Jewish writer, he certainly has no ahavat Yisra'el."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


אהבת ישראל ahavat yisra'el 'love of Israel'

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


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


"The phrase is most often used to describe relationships between Jews" (JPS).

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