am ha-eretz

am ha-eretz n. Hebrew (am hah-ARE-etz) Literally “people of the land.” A derogatory term, which originated during the time of the Second Temple, for the common people who were neither learned in Torah nor religiously pious. The opposite of haver.

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Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish holidays and life-cycle events, culture, history, the Bible and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a pronunciation guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (6). Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society.

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