variants or semicha or less commonly semichah
plural semikahs or semikoth
or semichas
or semichoth
: rabbinical ordination : the traditional rabbinical degree conferred by Orthodox rabbis

Word History


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

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“Semikah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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