remez

Definitions

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

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

רמז remez 'hint, allusion,' the 3rd part 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

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

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Pronounced REH-mez

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