Hillel

Definitions

  • a rabbi often quoted in Pirkei Avot and the Talmud who was martyred by the Romans, famous for his disputations with Shammai
  • an organization for Jewish college life, especially in North America

Example Sentences

  • My parents are worried I won't have Jewish community when I go off to Notre Dame, but luckily there is a Hillel were I can meet other Jews.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

הלל

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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