maalin bakodesh veen moridin


  • sent. 'You can make more holiness but not less'; once something is made holy, it should not be profaned.

Example Sentences

  • "Ultimately, we follow the opinion of Hillel, who explains 'Maalin bakodesh ve’ein moridin', that pertaining to matters of holiness, we ascend and do not go down." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מעלין בקודש ואין מורידין

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      ma'alin bakodesh ve'en moridin

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