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The Hebrew noun chokhmah (חכמה khok·mä), also sometimes transliterated hokhmah, is the Hebrew word for "wisdom". The word occurs 149 times in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible. The Talmud (Shabbat 31a) describes knowledge of the Talmudic order of Kodshim as a high level of wisdom, chokhmah.
The related adjective for "wise" or noun "wise man" is hakham, the feminine adjective is hakhama). For example, a rabbi or person who is very learned in Torah and Talmud is called a Talmid Chacham, denoting a very "learned person" or, literally, a "wise student [of Torah knowledge]."
The name chabad (חבד), of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidim, is an acronym, and the first letter (ח – "Ch") is taken from chokhmah: ח (Ch'okhmah) for "wisdom" – ב (Binah) for "understanding" – ד (Da'at) for "knowledge."
Wisdom in Kabbalah
- "About Chabad-Lubavitch - About Chabad-Lubavitch". Chabad.org. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
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