yamim noraim

Alternative Spellings

yomim noraim, yamim norim

Definitions

  • high holy days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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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