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ma la'asot

Alternative Spellings

ma la'a-sot


  • "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


?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


North America



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