Alternative Spellings

amorah, amore, amoreh, amoyre, amoyreh, amoyra, amoyrah


  • A Talmudic sage whose teachings comprise the Gemara. "Amoraim are contrasted with the tannaim, ancient rabbis who are quoted in the Mishnah" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "The amoraim were active between approximately 220 C.E. and 360 or 370 in the Land of Israel." (
  • "The general principle followed in the Talmudic arguments is that an Amora is not at liberty to disagree in matters of law with a Tanna unless he can quote another Tanna in support." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


אמורא amora 'explainer'

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


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: Amoraim, Amora'im.

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