It seems to me that for a long time, the word Shlita was popularly associated with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. And in those days when I was first encountering the term and asking about it, I was told that it abbreviated SHeyichye Leorech Yomim Tovim Amein, may he live long, good days, Amen.

But lately I've heard another non-jocular explanation, something like SHeyichye LeYomim Tovim Aruchim, which would amount to the same thing without the unusual task of responding Amen to our own beracha.

What could make one explanation particularly correct? Is there a known source of this Shlita business?

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30470
    – Fred
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 23:31
  • Shlita is not only connected to the Lubavitcher Rebbe. It's a suffix given to most Roshei Yeshiva too
    – ezra
    Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 7:01
  • Both explanations are pretty much the same. Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 9:38
  • I wonder how it happens that a question that I asked two years ago is now closed because someone asked the same question yesterday. It seems like it should have gone the other way.
    – Chaim
    Commented Jan 24, 2021 at 3:56


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