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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“Semikah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semikah. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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