midrash

Alternative Spellings

meedrash, medrash

Definitions

  • stories or explanations that interpret or ellaborate on the Torah's text.

Example Sentences

  • "We read the midrash to get a deeper understanding of the Torah text."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

מדרש

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

'Midrash' can refer to an individual interpretation or to one of several collections of midrashim that have been published on books of the Bible.

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