hakdama

Alternative Spellings

hakdomah, hakdoma, hakduma, hakdamah

Definitions

  • introduction or preface (to a book)

Example Sentences

  • "In fact, it says in the hakdoma to the Rosh Hashana davening in the Siddur HaGra..." (http://bennistar.tumblr.com/post/93139843329/i-was-wondering-if-you-could-shed-some-light-on)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

הקדמה hakdamá (Israeli/Sephardic), hakdóme, hakdúme (Ashkenazic/Yiddish)

Who Uses This

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

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Sometimes used synonymously with haskama or haskoma (הסכמה), a rabbi's note of approbation at the front of a book.

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