b'al pe


b'al pe (bih-ahl PEH) listen


  • adv. Learned by heart; from memory; orally.

Example Sentences

  • "She knows all of Shakespear's sonnets ba'al pe."

  • "She can recite all of Pirkei Avos b'al pe."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH בעל פה > Y בעל־פּה bal-pe

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      ba'al pe, bal pe

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