amud

Pronunciations

amud (ah-MOOD)
amud (AH-mood)

Definitions

  • n. Page (in a prayerbook).

  • n. One side of a page (of Talmud).

  • n. Pulpit, lectern.

Example Sentences

  • "We'll continue on amud esrim v'shalosh [23]."

  • "[T]here are regulars in the minyan that are capable of davening for the amud, but won't, for various reasons." (source)

  • "Following the shiur, particiants spend one hour reviewing the amud 3-4 times inside with a chavrusa." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • From Hebrew עמוד amúd, Yiddish ómed, both meaning 'column (of print); pulpit, synagogue lectern' (plural עמודים amudím in Hebrew, amúdim in Yiddish)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      ammud, omud

Notes

  • One can daven "for the amud," "from the amud," or "in front of the amud," all meaning leading services in a minyan. "For the amud" comes from Yiddish "far" ('before').

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