or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah

[ Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh ]

  1. 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

Other words from Aggadah

  • Ag·gad·ic, ag·gad·ic [uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik], /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Aggadah


/ (əɡəˈda) /

nounplural Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt, -ˈdəʊt) Judaism
    • a homiletic passage of the Talmud

    • 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

  1. any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture

Origin of Aggadah

from Hebrew
  • Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah

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