chumrah

Pronunciations

chumrah (CHOOM-rah) listen
chumrah (CHUM-rah) listen

Definitions

  • n. A religious stringency.

Example Sentences

  • "Not eating matzah that's come in to contact with liquid isn't halachah, it's a chumrah."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic

Etymology

  • Aramaic חומרא, Heb חומרה

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      humrah, chumra, humra, khumre

Notes

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