• n. Someone who has passed away and acts as an advocate on behalf of the living.

Example Sentences

  • "May the niftar [deceased] be a melits yosher for us all." (Glinert)

  • "At funerals I have often heard it said that the deceased should be a meilitz yosher (literally one who relates rectitude, meaning someone to advocate on one's behalf in the heavenly courts)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מליץ יושר, lit. 'pleader of righteousness'

    • 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

      melitz yosher

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