Tsene-rene (TSEHN-uh-REHN-uh) listen


Example Sentences

  • "First published in the 1590s, the Tsenerene would go through more than two hundred editions, making it one of the most popular Yiddish books of all time. Few Ashkenazi Jewish households were without a copy." (source)

  • "And Isaac's grandmother has already finished the weekly Torah portion in Tsena Ve-Rena, the women's Yiddish Bible, and come and sits down outside on the stone bench in front of the house." (Only Yesterday by Shmuel Yosef Agnon)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH צְאֶנָה וּרְאֶינָה, lit. 'go forth and see' from a verse of the Song of Songs (Song 3:11) that begins צְאֶינָה וּרְאֶינָה בְּנוֹת צִיּוֹן‎, 'Go forth and see, daughters of Zion' > Y צאינה־וראינה tsene-rene

    • 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


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Ts'enah Ur'enah, Ts'ena Ur'ena, Tz'ena Ur'ena, Tzenah Urenah, Tsenah Urenah, Tsena Urena, Tzena Urena, Tseno Ureno, Tsene-rene, Tsene Rene, Tsena Vrena, Tsena V'rena, Tsenah V'renah, Tzenah V'renah, Tzena V'rena, Tzena Vrena, Tzenah Vrenah, Tz'enah Ur'enah, Tseneh Reneh, Tsene Rene, Tsena Ve-Rena, Tsena VeRena


  • Though the book indicates it is intended for both men and women, it is particularly popular among women. Therefore, it is sometimes called the Women's Bible, the Yiddish Women's Bible, or the Women's Yiddish Bible.

    See also Taytsh-Khumesh.

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