Shemoneh Esrei

Alternative Spellings

Shemone Esray, Shemoneh Esrai, Sh'moneh Esreh, Shmoneh Esre, Shemoneh Esreh, Shmone Esre

Definitions

  • another name for the Amida, the central prayer during Jewish services. [lit. 'eighteen', the number of blessings it originally had]

Example Sentences

  • "After Shemoneh Esreh, we will be davening Kaddish Shalem on page 244."
  • "The afternoon service has three parts: Shmoneh Esre, Ashrei, and Aleynu."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb שמונה עשרה 'lit. eighteen', Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb שמונה־עשׂרה shimenésre/shmoyne-ésre

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

This term is more popular among Orthodox Jews; non-Orthodox Jews are more likely to say "Amidah" (עמידה).

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