interj. "Go to hell!" (Glinert)
interj. "Get lost!" (Glinert)
Hey, you're that guy who cut me off at the last light! Lech l'azazel!
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew
לך לעזאזל lech l'azazel 'go to Azazel'
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
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"In Jewish legends, a demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Jewish people. Two male goats were chosen for the ritual, one designated by lots “for the Lord,” the other “for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8) . . . After the high priest symbolically transferred all the sins of the Jewish people to the scapegoat, the goat destined “for Azazel” was driven into the wilderness . . . Azazel was the personification of uncleanness and in later rabbinic writings was sometimes described as a fallen angel." (Britannica)
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