shamash

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Hebrew שַׁמָּשׁ ‎(shamásh, waiter, sexton).

NounEdit

shamash ‎(plural shamashim)

  1. (Judaism) The candle used to light the other eight candles of a Hanukkah menorah.
  2. A sexton in a synagogue.
    • 1997, Michael Stivelman, The Death March
      Until 1890, when the local Chevra Kadisha (a traditional Jewish funerary society) was set up, funeral services were performed by the shamashim, the beadles of the synagogues.

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