Definitions

  • n. Personal space, personal or local boundaries, personal expertise.

  • n. "Four cubits", a unit of measurement in halacha in ritual and property law.

  • n. "Limited ken" (Weiser).

  • n. "A field or sphere of action, thought, land, etc., over which one has domain: territory" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "When people come to my door late at night, they are invading my daled amos inappropriately."

  • "It is a segulah to buy daled amos of land in Eretz Yisroel."

  • "The mashgiach is smart, but he has his daled amos. You need to ask a poisek." (Weiser)

  • "My roommate can make all the noise he wants as long as he stays out of my daled amos."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • ד׳ אמות daled amot 'four cubits'

    • 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)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      dalet amot, dalet ames, dalet amos, daled amot, daled ames

Notes

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