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herem

or che·rem

[Sephardic Hebrew khe-rem; Ashkenazic Hebrew khey-ruh m]
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noun Hebrew.
  1. the most severe form of excommunication, formerly used by rabbis in sentencing wrongdoers, usually for an indefinite period of time.
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Origin of herem

ḥerem literally, banishment
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Historical Examples

  • The reason of this law is found in the nature of the herem or ban.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Leviticus

    S H Kellogg