noun, often attributive
Has·​ka·​lah | \ ˌhaskəˈlä, häsˈkȯlə \
plural -s

Definition of Haskalah

: an intellectual movement among Jews of eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries that attempted to acquaint the masses with European and Hebrew languages and with secular education and culture to supplement talmudic studies — see maskil

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New Hebrew haśkālāh, literally, intellect, enlightenment

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“Haskalah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Haskalah. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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