olav ha-sholom


alav hashalom (ah-LAHV hah-shah-LOM) listen


  • interj. "Peace be upon him"; said of someone who is deceased.

Example Sentences

  • "My grandpa, olev ha-sholom, would have loved this performance."

  • "The other television used to belong to Mrs. Cohen, aleha ha-shalom." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb עליו השלום aláv hashalóm, Yiddish עליו־השלום olevashólem 'lit. (may) the peace (be) upon him, may he rest in peace'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      alav hashalom, olev hasholem, alav ha-shalom


  • See also zichrono livracha, OB"M, zatsal, and ziya.

    This term is more common among Orthodox Jews. The phrase meaning "may she rest in peace" is עליה השלום aléha hashalóm/ole(ha)shólem; "may they rest in peace" is עליהם השלום alehém hashalóm/aléyem-hashólem.

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