chavruta

Pronunciations

chavruta (chev-ROO-tuh)

Definitions

  • n. Learning partnership; joint study session. "The person with whom one studies religious texts" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "It is traditional to study Talmud b'chavrutah." "My chavrusa and I found that interesting because until we read this gemara, we had thought that the drasha on visiting the sick was that you take away 1/60 of the sick person's illness." "Tuesday mornings I have a chevruta with Orit, so I can't do homework after minyan then." (source) (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Aramaic חברותא khabruta, lit. 'fellowship, companionship', Yiddish חבֿרותא khavruse 'company, group of friends' (Jewish English has the specific Yeshiva association)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      chevrusa, havrusa, chavrusa, havruta, havrutah, hevrusa, chavrutah

Notes

  • בחברותא "b'chavrutah" or "bechavrusa" means in partnership.

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