refua shlema

Alternative Spellings

refiye shleyme, refuah sh'leimah, refua sheleimah, refua sheleima, refue shleyme, refuah shleimah


  • "Get well soon." Lit. "full recovery"

Example Sentences

  • "I heard Abby was sick--tell her I say 'refuah sheleimah.'"
  • "We wish Rabbi Goldberg a refuah shleimah."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


רפואה שלמה

Who Uses This

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


North America, Great Britain


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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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