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[khey-duhr; English khey-der, -hey-]
noun, plural ha·da·rim [khuh-dah-rim] /xəˈdɑ rɪm/, English he·ders. Yiddish.
  1. (especially in Europe) a private Jewish elementary school for teaching children Hebrew, Bible, and the fundamentals of Judaism.
  2. (in the U.S.) Talmud Torah(def 2).
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Also cheder.
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Historical Examples of heder

  • There was nothing in what the boys did in heder that I could not have done—if I had not been a girl.

    The Promised Land

    Mary Antin

  • Promptly when custom prescribed, Pinchus, the petted only son, was sent to heder.

  • The heder was the only beginning allowable for a boy in Polotzk, and to heder Joseph must go.

  • These developed later into the ivy leaf , or heder distinguentes.

  • Attendance at the heder was compulsory for all children of school age, approximately from six to thirteen.

British Dictionary definitions for heder


noun plural hadarim (xadaˈriːm)
  1. a variant spelling of cheder
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