refua shlema


refuah shlema (reh-foo-AH shley-MAH) listen
refua shlema (reh-FOO-uh SHLEY-muh) listen


  • interj. Get well soon.

  • n. A full recovery.

Example Sentences

  • "I heard Abby was sick—tell her I say 'refuah sheleimah.'"

  • "We wish Rabbi Goldberg a refuah shleimah."

  • "Don't forget to wish your sister a refua shlema from all of us." (Glinert)

  • "Look after yourself, Alec, and refua shlema!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH רפואה שלמה refuá shlemá > Y רפואה שלמה refúe shléyme, lit. 'complete recovery'

    • 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


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      refiye shleyme, refuah sh'leimah, refua sheleimah, refua sheleima, refue shleyme, refuah shleimah, refua shlaymah, refua shlayma, refuah shlaymah, refuah shlayma, refua shleyma, refua shleyme, refua shleymah, refua shleymeh, refuah shleymeh


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