ani maamin

Pronunciations

ani maamin (ah-NEE ma-ah-MEEN) listen
ani maamin (AH-nee MAH-meen) listen

Definitions

  • n. The thirteen articles of Jewish faith written by Maimonides, each beginning with the phrase "ani maamin" ("I believe"). "The twelfth of which says, I believe believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah. Even though he may tarry I will wait for him on any day that he may come'" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "Many Jews recite Ani Ma'amin at the conclusion of their morning prayers." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • אני מאמין ani ma'amin 'I believe'

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      ani ma'ameen, anee ma'amin, ani ma'amin, anee ma-ameen, anee maameen, ani ma-ameen, ani maameen, anee ma-amin, anee maamin, ani ma-amin, anee ma'ameen

Notes

  • Regarding the 12th principle, "These words have been set to music as a prayerful song of faith that is said to have been sung by victims of the Holocaust as they went to their deaths. Today, it is often sung at the Pesach seder and at Yom ha-Shoah services" (JPS).

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