yamim noraim

Alternative Spellings

yomim noraim, yamim norim


  • high holy days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Example Sentences

  • "The Yamim Noraim are in October this year."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


ימים נוראים 'lit. terrible days; Days of Awe, High Holidays'

Who Uses This

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


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


The Yamim Noraim/High Holy Days usually refers to the holidays of Rosh Hashanah ("Jewish New Year") and Yom Kippur ("Day of Atonement"), but can refers to the entire season associated with them. Non-religious Jews are more likely to say "High Holy Days".

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