I'd seen some stuff written about a man, with the Hebrew הי"ד (Hey-Yud-quotes-Dalet) after his name. What does that mean?


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The correct words are "Hashem Yikom Damav". We refer to the murder of one person as "Shefichas Damim" , the blood being plural.


I just saw in the daf yomi that there is discussion about why the Torah uses the plural regarding the blood of Hevel (Abel) when he was killed by Cain. One answer given is because when one is killed, all his potential future descendants are also "killed". Hence, Hashem Yikom Dam*av*, G-d shall avenge his "bloods". That is why we refer to murder as "shefichas dam*im*".

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    Way to add Torah content to a simple grammatical note!
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Mar 22, 2010 at 17:29
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    Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5 is the source he refers to. Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 15:54

Stands for "Hashem Yikom Damo" -- "may God avenge his (her/their) blood." Used after the name of a Jew who was murdered.

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    The correct words are "Hashem Yikom Damav"
    – Yahu
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 17:35
  • @Yahu, we say nikmas dam avadecha hashafuch.
    – msh210
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 19:50
  • how do you spell it in hebrew?
    – user5263
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 20:18
  • @max ה' יקום דמ(י)ו
    – Scimonster
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:05

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