Yerushalayim

Alternative Spellings

Yerushalaim

Definitions

  • Jerusalem

Example Sentences

  • "I'll be in Yerushalayaim for the chagim."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ירושלים

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Some American Jews, for political or religious ideological reasons, tend to favor this word over "Jerusalem" in their English speech, regardless of their fluency in Yiddish or Hebrew. It is very indexical of politically right-wing or religiously Orthodox speech.

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