zichrono livracha

Alternative Spellings

zichrono l'vracha, zikhrono livrakha


  • may his memory be for a blessing (often abbreviated 'z"l')

Example Sentences

  • "My grandfather, zikhrono levrakha, said tehillim every day."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


זכרונו לברכה Heb. zichrono livracha, Yid. zikhroyne livrokhe

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


See also zichrona livracha. Sometimes said in English calque translation: May his memory be for a blessing. Yiddish: zikhroyne livrokhe.

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