yiras shamayim


yiras shamayim (YIH-rahs shuh-MAH-yeem) listen
yirat shamayim (yeer-AHT shah-MAH-yeem) listen
yirat shamayim (yee-RAT shah-MAH-yim) listen


  • n. Fear of God; peity.

Example Sentences

  • "The school tried to instill yiras shamayim and ahavas Hashem."

  • "Let all my children live, and may no child die, that we may live to raise them to toyre, to the khupe, and to maysim toyvim, with yires shomayim." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH יראת שמים yirát shamáyim > Y ייִראת־שמים yires-shomaim

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      yires shomayim, yiras shomayim, yirat shamayim

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