Alternative Spellings

hold by, hold from, hold of


  • to be on the verge of
  • to opine; to act in accordance with; to be of the opinion; to believe "maintain" (Weiser)
  • to maintain a degree of religious observance
  • 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.)" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/mitzvah-tantz-what-the-prob-exactly)
  • "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

Yiddish, English


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


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

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