When a righteous woman passes away what is the appropriate term to use to indicate "in her blessed memory"?, i.e., is there a lady's alternative to z"l ?

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    Why must there be an alternative? What's wrong with Z"L for a lady? Just the Z would stand for "Zichrah" instead of "Zichro".
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:29
  • related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6309/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:38
  • relevant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorifics_for_the_dead_in_Judaism - one alternative you often see is a"h aleha hashalom - peace upon her
    – mbloch
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:41
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    – mbloch
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:43
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    @DoubleAA yes of course, didn't mean to suggest otherwise. Somehow I think I am seeing more often zl for a man and ah for a lady but it might just be me
    – mbloch
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:46

2 Answers 2


I have seen Z"L used routinely for both men and women.


You ask what's appropriate. I don't see why z"l (or ז״ל) would be inappropriate. Nonetheless, I have often seen a"h (or ע״ה) for a woman where the same text included z"l (or ז״ל) for a man.


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