smichah

Alternative Spellings

semikhah, Smicha

Definitions

  • "Rabbinic ordination" (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "After the end of rabbinical school, she will get semikhah."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

סמיכה

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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