beit din

Pronunciations

beit din (beit DEEN) listen
beit din (BEIT din) listen

Definitions

  • n. A rabbinical court of law (made up of three rabbis) that makes judgments on matters of Jewish religious life, especially conversion and divorce.

Example Sentences

  • When Sydney wanted to convert to Judaism, she had to appear before the Beit Din.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • בית דין 'House of Judgment'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      beth din, bet din, beis din, bes din, bezdn, beyt din

Notes

  • Plural battei din / batei din.

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