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Aggadah

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh] /Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də/
noun
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.
Also, Aggada, Agada, Haggadah.
Origin
< 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
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Aggadah

/əɡəˈda/
noun (Judaism) (pl) Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt; -ˈdəʊt)
1.
  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
2.
any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah
Word Origin
from Hebrew
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