learn

Alternative Spellings

lern

Definitions

  • "To be involved in the acquisition of Torah knowledge through reading and reflection, or to do so as an occupation: STUDY" (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "Avram is going to learn with Dovid."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English

Etymology

Yiddish לערנען lernen 'to study, learn' (verbal stem is לערן lern)

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

Calque of the Yiddishe verb "lernen." Similarly, in modern Hebrew "lilmod" (ללמוד) means both "learn" and "study," without distinction.

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