el male rachamim


el male rachamim (EL mah-LEY ra-kha-MEEM) listen


  • n. "A memorial prayer that asks for the repose of the soul of the departed." (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

Example Sentences

  • "Could you please say an El Male Rachamim for my brother?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אל מלא רחמים 'lit. God full of mercy'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


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


      • 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

      el mole rachamim, el male rahamim, el maleh rahamim, kel maleh rachamim, el malei rachamim, el malei rahamim


  • Recited during a Yizkor service, on Yahrzeit, at a burial, or at a stone setting unveiling, usually by a cantor on behalf of a mourner.

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