Alternative Spellings

emune, emuna


  • "faith"; sometimes contrasted with practical striving in the material world

Example Sentences

  • "You need to have emunah and bitachon [striving]."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew


Heb אמונה emuná, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb emúne

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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