Shemoneh Esrei


Shemonah Esrei (SHMOH-nah ESS-rey) listen


  • n. 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


  • 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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

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


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

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