ma la'asot

Pronunciations

ma laasot (mah lah-ah-SOHT) listen

Definitions

  • interj. "What can you do?"

Example Sentences

  • In a conversation with a Reform rabbinic student: "I don't really think that is a good idea, but ma la a-sot."

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • ?מה לעשות 'lit. what to do?, what can be done?'

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

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      Alternative Spellings

      ma la'a-sot

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