Shemot

Alternative Spellings

Shmot, Shmos, Shemos

Definitions

  • The Book of Exodus [lit. 'names']
  • 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." (http://www.chareidi.org/archives5761/behar/hgeniza.htm)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

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)

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).

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