Knesset

Definitions

  • Israel's parliament

Example Sentences

  • "The Conversion Bill was removed from the Knesset floor last week."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

כנסת 'lit. assembly, assemblage'. Short for כנסת ישראל "Knesset Yisrael" ("The Entire Jewish People"), which occurs throughout the Talmud and other Rabbinic literature.

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
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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