chumrah

Alternative Spellings

humrah, chumra, humra, khumre

Definitions

  • 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

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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

See also machmir.

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