remez

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. An interpretation or analysis of Torah (or other texts) on a symbolic level, as an allegory, investigating what is implied.

  • n. An allusion, hint.

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

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • TH רֶמֶז remez > Y רמז remez '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
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

Notes

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