olav ha-sholom


  • "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
  • Etymology

    • 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
      • Regions

      • North America
      • Dictionaries

      • 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 z"l, 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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