remez

Definitions

  • "a mark or detail that suggests the existence of implicit information, a trace, an allusion" (Weiser)
  • interpretation/analysis of Torah (or other texts) on a symbolic level, taking it as an allegory, seeing what is implied

Example Sentences

  • "He never used that gematria as a raya for his chidush; he said it was just a remez." (Weiser)
  • "The medrash was a remez to the need for teshuva." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • רֶמֶז 'hint, allusion' (the second element of the acronym פרד״ס pardes, which refers to the four approaches to biblical exegesis)
    • 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

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

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

      Notes

      • Pronounced REH-mez. See also pardes, peshat, drash, and sod.

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