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[Sephardic Hebrew mee-drahsh; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-drahsh] /Sephardic Hebrew miˈdrɑʃ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪ drɑʃ/
noun, plural midrashim
[Sephardic Hebrew mee-drah-sheem; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-draw-shim] /Sephardic Hebrew mi drɑˈʃim; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪˈdrɔ ʃɪm/ (Show IPA),
midrashoth, midrashot, midrashos
[Sephardic Hebrew mee-drah-shawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-draw-shohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mi drɑˈʃɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪˈdrɔ ʃoʊs/ (Show IPA)
an early Jewish interpretation of or commentary on a Biblical text, clarifying or expounding a point of law or developing or illustrating a moral principle.
(initial capital letter) a collection of such interpretations or commentaries, especially those written in the first ten centuries a.d.
Origin of midrash
1605-15; < Hebrew midrāsh literally, exposition
Related forms
[mid-rash-ik] /mɪdˈræʃ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • In the midrash (Shir HaShirim Rabbah 6:11), Rabbi Tarfon compared the Jewish people to a pile of nuts.

    For Shame Alana Suskin July 11, 2012
British Dictionary definitions for midrash


/ˈmɪdræʃ; Hebrew miˈdraʃ/
noun (Judaism) (pl) midrashim (mɪˈdrɔʃɪm; Hebrew) (midraˈʃim)
a homily on a scriptural passage derived by traditional Jewish exegetical methods and consisting usually of embellishment of the scriptural narrative
one of a number of collections of such homilies composed between 400 and 1200 ad
Derived Forms
midrashic (mɪdˈræʃɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Hebrew: commentary, from darash to search
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