olav ha-sholom

Alternative Spellings

olev hasholem, alav ha-shalom

Definitions

  • "peace be upon him"; said of someone who is deceased

Example Sentences

  • "My grandpa, olev ha-sholom, would have loved this performance."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb עליו השלום aláv hashalóm, Yiddish עליו־השלום olevashólem 'lit. (may) the peace (be) upon him, may he rest in peace'

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

This term is more common among Orthodox Jews. The phrase meaning "may she rest in peace" is עליה השלום aléha hashalóm/ole(ha)shólem; "may they rest in peace" is עליהם השלום alehém hashalóm/aléyem-hashólem.

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