shemot (sheh-MOTE) listen


  • n. The Book of Exodus [lit. 'names'].

  • n. Printed items containing the name of God in Hebrew letters (generally pronounced SHAY-miss).

Example Sentences

  • "The story of the Exodus from Egypt is told in Shmos."

  • "To save space in the containers and in the Geniza, separate the pages from the YATED that contain shemos -- divrei Torah and pass along or discard the remainder of the newspaper as you would with other publications." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • שמות

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      Shmot, Shmos, Shemos

Edit     Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.