ben adam

Alternative Spellings

ben adom, ben odam, benadam

Definitions

  • a human being

Example Sentences

  • The man who helped was una ben adam.
  • "This is a beautiful, uplifting book about a real ben adom, a mensch, who saw evil and, instead of averting his eyes, did what he could to help the victims." (Washington Jewish Week: http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Broke-Into-Auschwitz-ebook/dp/B009OFEZM6)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Ladino

Etymology

בן אדם lit. 'son of Adam, son of man'

Who Uses This

Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Cf. Yiddish-derived "mensch"

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