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

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