• v. To believe, maintain.

  • v. To be on the verge of.

  • v. To maintain a degree of religious observance.

  • v. To agree with.

Example Sentences

  • "FWIW, Reb Ahron Schecter holds the Choson & Kallah hold hands from the chupa to the yichud room (even though Reb Ahron doesn't hold from the Mitzva Tantz.)" (source)

  • "Where are you holding in your learning?"

  • "Where is he holding in his Shabbos observance?"

  • "He holds by Rov Miller."

  • "With all that handshaking, I guess they're holding by an agreement." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Yiddish


  • translation of Yiddish האַלטן haltn 'to hold; maintain, think; observe (holiday); stand' (verbal stem is האַלט halt)

    • Who Uses This

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


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


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

      Alternative Spellings

      hold by, hold from, hold of


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