rachmana litzlan


rachmana litzlan (RAKH-mah-nah lihtz-LAN) listen


  • interj. God help us; an expression of the desire that something negative not happen.

Example Sentences

  • "If you eat too fast, you might choke, rachmana litzlan."

  • "If a Jew, rakhmone litslan [heaven preserve us], got sick in Jezow, and reciting prayers and the feldsher [barber surgeon] did not help, they used to take him to the Brzeziner doctor." (source)

  • "These urns can tip over and you can be seriously scalded, rachmana litslan." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • A רחמנא לצלן > Y רחמנא־לצלן rakhmone-litslan

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      rochmone litzlan , rachmane litzan, rochmoneh litzlan, rachmone litslan, rachmone litzlan, rakhmone litzlan


  • Also abbreviated to R"L or ר''ל.

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