chavruta

Alternative Spellings

chevrusa, havrusa, chavrusa, havruta, havrutah, hevrusa, chavrutah

Definitions

  • learning partnership; joint study session. "The person with whom one studies religious texts" (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "It is traditional to study Talmud b'chavrutah." "My chavrusa and I found that interesting because until we read this gemara, we had thought that the drasha on visiting the sick was that you take away 1/60 of the sick person's illness." "Tuesday mornings I have a chevruta with Orit, so I can't do homework after minyan then." (http://theyellowhobbit.dreamwidth.org/45577.html) (http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7219/how-did-rambam-eliminate-ben-gilo-from-the-halacha)

Languages of Origin

Aramaic, Yiddish

Etymology

Aramaic חברותא khabruta, lit. 'fellowship, companionship', Yiddish חבֿרותא khavruse 'company, group of friends' (Jewish English has the specific Yeshiva association)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

בחברותא "b'chavrutah" or "bechavrusa" means in partnership.

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