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on one foot

Definitions

  • translation of Hebrew "al regel achat" or Yiddish "af eyn fus": off-the-cuff; quick, quickly, quick answer (from a Talmudic story about Hillel summarizing the Torah to a potential convert while standing on one foot)

Example Sentences

  • Resources like this are common: "Reconstructionism on One Foot," "On One Foot: A Middle East guide for the perplexed," "Shabbat On One Foot: Making a Case for its Celebration"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, English

Etymology

Heb על רגל אחת, Yiddish אױף אײן פֿוס

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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