Maamor or ma'amar (Hebrew, plural: Ma'amarim (masculine); Ma'amaros (feminine)) is derived from the Hebrew word to "speak/pronounce/express/say." It literally means an "expression/statement/enunciation," or in a broader sense "teaching/lesson/discourse." It is sometimes used in traditional Judaism for a printed study of Torah teachings.
Among particular connotations:
- Pirkei Avot (Mishnaic "Ethics of the Fathers") states that God created the world with asarah ma'amaros meaning ten of His "expressions," or commands, interpreted in Kabbalah as the 10 Sefirot.
- Maamarim (Chabad) is the term used in the Chabad Hasidic dynasty for the central mystical "discourses" in Hasidic thought of each of its 7 leaders.
- In the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin it refers to a type of public lecture combining a variety of schools of rabbinic thought by Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner.
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