• n. Truth.

  • adj. True.

Example Sentences

  • "We all witnessed and saw the emes of Moshe Emes v’Toraso emes in all the Rebbe’s words and campaigns." (source)

  • "The odd story turned out to be emes." (Weiser)

  • "An Emese talmid chacham usually has outstanding midos as well." (Weiser)

  • "Dinner really costs $95 a person? Emet?" (JPS)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אמת emet (emes in Yiddish) 'truth, true'

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      emese, emet, emess


  • "The word embodies a larger principle of speaking the truth, dealing honestly, and acting properly... When used colloquially, emet or emes is similar to 'Are you putting me on?' or 'Is that the truth?'" (JPS).

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