"What does 'Jew' mean?" - Parshat Vayigash

Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Dictionary.com says the verb 'to jew" means 'to bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often followed by down)." But what is the real meaning of this name?

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Comments (2)

(1) Dvirah, January 2, 2020 8:49 PM

Real Meaning

I do hope that the original meaning of the word - a shortened form of "Judean"; ie, citizen of Judea - also appears in the dictionary.

Laura, January 4, 2020 3:47 PM

“Judean” does appear in the New Oxford American Dictionary.


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