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Balabusta (Yiddish: בעל־הביתטע‎) is a Yiddish expression describing a good homemaker among Ashkenazi Jews. The Anglicized form is baleboste, and the term derives from the Hebrew term bá'alat habáyit, meaning "mistress of the house". The masculine form is בעל־הביתbalebos, from Hebrew בַּעַל הַבַּיִתbá'al habáyit "master of the house", of same origin as Baal.


It usually has purely positive connotations,[1] although there are sources that claim otherwise.[2] The traditional role of the balabusta also includes, besides fulfilling the household duties for the family, its spiritual bonding and helping its members hold together.[3]


Variations on this word include the Yiddish Balabuste or Balabusteh and the Ladino Balabusha among Sephardi Jews.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Martin Davidson's Rechnitzer Rejects group recorded a song titled "Balabustas", an homage to the traditional role set to the theme song of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Modern Balabusta". Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  2. ^ "Website of Santa Barbara Jewish Festival". Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  3. ^ "Balabusta Project". Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  4. ^ "Webster's Online Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-12-03.[permanent dead link]