Alternative Spellings

agadah, agada, aggada, agode, aggode, agoda, aggoda, agodeh, aggodeh, agodah, aggodah


  • Parts of the Talmud and Midrash that do not deal with law, including stories, fables, and sayings. "Talmudic stories or philosophical material" (Glinert).

Example Sentences

  • "The aggadah comprehends a great variety of forms and content." (
  • "We studied an interesting aggada about the shofar" (Glinert).

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


אגדה aggadah 'narrative'

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)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Plural 'aggadot'. "Aggadot are Jewish stories that are presented in the Talmud along with halakhah, the body of Jewish law. Unlike halakhah, these legends, historical stories, jokes, ethical tales, and sermons are not legally binding; their purpose is to explain and elaborate on Jewish law and customs" (JPS).

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