golah

Pronunciations

Definitions

Example Sentences

  • "These days, more than half of the world's Jews live in the golah."

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • TH גולה golah 'exile' > MH גולה 'Diaspora'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      gola

Notes

  • Golah is associated with the Zionist movement, and sees the people of the Diaspora as "waiting to be restored to their homeland," while galut, another Biblical word for exile, is religiously associated, especially as "exile from the Divine Presence." (Glinert)

    See also golus.

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