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heder

[khey-duh r; English khey-der, -hey-] /ˈxeɪ dər; English ˈxeɪ dər, -ˈheɪ-/
noun, plural hadarim
[khuh-dah-rim] /xəˈdɑ rɪm/ (Show IPA).
English, heders. 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).
Also, cheder.
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  • The boys came to heder before nine in the morning, and remained until eight or nine in the evening.

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

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  • On Fridays the heder pupils presented themselves in a body before the rosh-yeshibah himself, to undergo a similar examination.

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

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

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

  • I went to my brother's heder, sometimes, to bring him his dinner, and saw how the boys studied.

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

  • Joseph was the best Jewish boy that ever was born, but he hated to go to heder, so he had to be whipped, of course.

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  • Joseph was in heder all day; the baby was a quiet little thing; Mashke was no worse than usual.

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British Dictionary definitions for heder

heder

/ˈxɛdɛr; English ˈheɪdə/
noun (pl) hadarim (xadaˈriːm)
1.
a variant spelling of cheder
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