tovel vesherets beyado


  • n. Hypocrisy in religion.

Example Sentences

  • "Yet mikvas have to take extreme steps to ensure people don’t cheat and not pay…hatovel veshertz beyado…" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • טובל ושרץ בידו, lit. 'immersed in water with a reptile in his hand'; from the need to enter a mikveh for purification after touching a dead reptile (however, this person is still holding the reptile while in the purification bath, therefore not following the procedure correctly)

    • 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).

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