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[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah, Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh] /Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ, Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də/


or Aggada, Agada, Haggadah

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh] /Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də/
the nonlegal or narrative material, as parables, maxims, or anecdotes, in the Talmud and other rabbinical literature, serving either to illustrate the meaning or purpose of the law, custom, or Biblical passage being discussed or to introduce a different, unrelated topic.
Origin of Aggadah
< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah
Related forms
Aggadic, aggadic
[uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • So Agada implied much miscellaneous material and included everything not strictly judicial.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • This kind of exposition of Scripture had a name, "Agada" or "HAgadah."

  • The Agada is especially rich in pithy maxims, which bear on everyday life, and have a permanent ethical value.

  • The reader is often thrown into amazement by the depth of thought and the loftiness of feeling manifested in the Agada.

    Jewish History S. M. Dubnow
  • Sometimes the Agada occupies itself with the exposition of certain Biblical passages, which take the form of homilies.

  • The first is called Halacha or legal decisions, and the second Agada or moral maxims and legends.

  • Esau is not the consummate villain that he is so frequently depicted as being in later Jewish Agada.

  • So in its way the Agada is quite as precious a legacy from the Fathers as the Halacha.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • He was also well versed in philosophy, and composed a work to reconcile the Agada with the philosophical ideas of the time.

  • In another place the Agada quotes a proverb of its own: Never cast a stone into a well out of which thou hast drunk.

British Dictionary definitions for Agada


noun (Judaism) (pl) Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt; -ˈdəʊt)
  1. a homiletic passage of the Talmud
  2. collectively, the homiletic part of traditional Jewish literature, as contrasted with Halacha, consisting of elaborations on the biblical narratives or tales from the lives of the ancient Rabbis
any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah
Word Origin
from Hebrew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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