amud

Alternative Spellings

ammud, omud

Definitions

  • page (in a prayerbook)
  • one side of a page (of Talmud)
  • pulpit, lectern

Example Sentences

  • "We'll continue on amud esrim v'shalosh."
  • "there are regulars in the minyan that are capable of davening for the amud, but won't, for various reasons." (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/davening-for-the-amud)
  • "Following the shiur, particiants spend one hour reviewing the amud 3-4 times inside with a chavrusa." (http://www.mastertorah.com/newsite/general/index.php?page=talmud_about)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

From Hebrew עמוד amúd, Yiddish ómed, both meaning 'column (of print); pulpit, synagogue lectern' (plural עמודים amudím in Hebrew, amúdim in Yiddish)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

one can daven "for the amud," "from the amud," or "in front of the amud," all meaning leading services in a minyan. "for the amud" comes from Yiddish "far" ('before').

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