ruach

Alternative Spellings

ruah, ruekh

Definitions

  • spirit, "spiritedness, morale" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "The singing children had a lot of ruach." "We've got ruach, yes we do, we've got ruach, how bout you?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

רוח

Who Uses This

Religious, Camp, Organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish, JPS, Glinert, Weiser

Notes

This word originally comes from textual Hebrew, where it meant "wind", but over time came to mean "spirit", "enthusiasm", or "soul" depending on context.

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