lo aleynu

Alternative Spellings

lo olenu, lo oleynu, loy aleynu

Definitions

  • "I hope it won't happen to us"; "God forbid" lit. "not unto us"

Example Sentences

  • "I heard their house was destroyed in a hurricane." "Lo aleynu!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

לא עלינו

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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