prutah

Alternative Spellings

shaveh pruta, shave prutah, shave pruta, shavah prutah, shavah pruta, shava prutah, pruta, shava pruta, shaveh prutah

Definitions

  • small change

Example Sentences

  • "Can I can add my prutah to this discussion?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

פרוטה prutah used in Rabbinic literature to refer to money generally, to a coin worth 1/8 of an Issar, and as a legal valuation of worth (Jastrow, 1926, p. 1219); שווה פרוטה shaveh prutah 'a prutah's worth,' a halachic category for the minimum value of a legal transaction

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

None

Notes

The prutah was the smallest denomination of money during the Second Temple Period in Ancient Israel and also in the early days of the State of Israel (until 1960)

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