achron

Pronunciations

achron (ach-RON) listen
achron (ACH-ron) listen

Definitions

  • n. "Latter-day religious authorit[y]... scholar...of the Renaissance and later times[.]" (Glinert).

  • n. "[A]ny of the latter rabbinical expounders of codifiers of Jewish law...as distinguished from the the rishonim or earlier rabbinical authorities[.]" (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "Before you check it in the Acharonim, look up the Rishonim." (Glinert)

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  • "The Spanish Expulsion marks the approximate beginning of the age of the Acharonim" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • אחרון acharon 'later, last'

    • 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)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • 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

      acharon, akharon, ahron, aharon, akhron

Notes

  • Plural achronim, acharonim. Usually used in the plural.

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