- Lit. 'the evil inclination'
- "The yetzer hara is particularly strong during thesis work." (A thesis advisor in regard to working on one's thesis)
- "The yetzer tov is good, but the yetzer hara is very good, because without it a man wouldn't marry, procreate or go into business." Talmud Ber 61b.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- יצר הרע
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Who Uses This
- Commonly used to refer to sexual urges.
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