Eretz Yisrael


Eretz Yisrael (EH-rets yis-rah-EHL) listen


Example Sentences

  • "My late father's levaye was in Eretz Yisroel."

  • "Yitzhak isn't here, he's in Erets Yisroel for his sister's wedding." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Textual Hebrew


  • ארץ ישראל erets yisra'él, lit. 'The Land of Israel'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Erets Yisrael, Erets Yisroel, Eretz Yisroel, Eretz Yisra'el, Erets Yisra'el


  • "It refers to both the ancient biblical land that G-d promised to Abraham and the modern geographic region known as the State of Israel." (JPS)

    See also Israel, Yisrael, and Land of Israel.

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