- another name for the Amida, the central prayer during Jewish services. [lit. 'eighteen', the number of blessings it originally had]
- "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
- Heb שמונה עשרה 'lit. eighteen', Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb שמונה־עשׂרה shimenésre/shmoyne-ésre
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- 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).
Who Uses This
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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