semikah

noun
se·mi·kah
variants: or semicha or less commonly semichah \səˈmiḵə \
plural semikahs or semikoth\-ˌḵōt(h), -ōs \ or semichas\-ḵəz \ or semichoth\-ˌḵōt(h), -ōs \

Definition of semikah 

: rabbinical ordination : the traditional rabbinical degree conferred by Orthodox rabbis

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History and Etymology for semikah

Late Hebrew sĕmīkhāh, from Hebrew, laying on of hands, leaning on, from sĕmōkh to lean on

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