cherem

Alternative Spellings

kherem, kheyrem, herem

Definitions

  • "excommunication; ostracism" (Yiddish)

Example Sentences

  • "Early in their history, all Hasidim were put in cherem by the rabbinic establishment of the time."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb חרם khérem, Yiddish חרם khéyrem

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

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