teshuvah

Alternative Spellings

teshuva, tshuva, t'shuvah

Definitions

  • repentance [lit. "return"]

Example Sentences

  • "The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is one of intense soul-searching and teshuvah for many Jews."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

תשובה

Who Uses This

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

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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

A teshuva can also means answer or rabbinic responsum.

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