Find the word definition

Crossword clues for judah

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, biblical son of Jacob by Leah, also the name of a tribe of Israel, from Hebrew Yehudah, from stem of y-d-h, literally "praised."


__NOTOC__ Judah ( Hebrew: יְהוּדָה – often transliterated Yehudah) was the fourth son of the Biblical patriarch Jacob (Israel).

Judah may also refer to:

Judah (biblical person)

Judah (, Standard Yehuda Tiberian Yəhūḏāh) was, according to the Book of Genesis, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Judah. By extension, he is indirectly eponymous of the Kingdom of Judah, the land of Judea and the word " Jew".

According to the narrative in Genesis, Judah with Tamar is the patrilinear ancestor of the Davidic line. The Tribe of Judah figures prominently in the Deuteronomistic history, which most scholars agree was reduced to written form, although subject to exilic and post-exilic alterations and emendations, during the reign of the Judahist reformer Josiah from 641-609 BC. Some biblical scholars view the biblical narrative of Judah as a postdiction providing an aetiology of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation.

Judah (given name)

Judah or Yehudah is a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Judah P. Benjamin, politician and lawyer in the United States and Confederate States of America
  • Judah Bergman ("Jack Kid Berg"), English world champion Hall of Fame junior welterweight boxer
  • Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharal, important Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who served as a leading rabbi in Prague (now in the Czech Republic) for most of his life
  • Judah Folkman, American cellular biologist, founder of the field of antiangiogenesis
  • Judah Friedlander, American actor. *30 Rock
  • Judah Leon Magnes, first President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Judah Nagler, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for indie-pop band The Velvet Teen
  • Yehuda Alharizi, prominent Medieval Spanish rabbi, translator, poet and traveler
  • Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet
  • Yehuda Amital, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion and a former member of the Israeli cabinet
  • Yehuda Gilad (musician), clarinetist
  • Yehuda Gilad (politician), rabbi and politician
  • Yehuda Glick, Israeli activist
  • Yehuda Green, Shlomo Carlebach-inspired Hasidic singer, composer, and hazzan
  • Judah Hertz, American real estate investor.
  • Yehuda Krinsky, Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi
  • Yehuda Poliker (born 1950), Israeli singer-songwriter
  • Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, Rosh yeshiva of the Volozhin yeshiva and author of several works of rabbinic literature in Lithuania
  • Yehudi Menuhin, world-famous violinist
  • Yehuda Tzadka, Rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva, Jerusalem

Fictional characters:

  • Judah Ben-Hur, main character of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ". Also the 1959 film "Ben-Hur", which starred Charlton Heston.
Judah (surname)

Judah is a Jewish surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Henry M. Judah, American soldier
  • Theodore Judah, American engineer who dreamed of the first transcontinental railroad
  • Gerry Judah, Artist and Designer
  • Ben Judah, Journalist and author
  • Tim Judah, historian and journalist
  • Yoel Judah, American 3x world champion kickboxer and boxer & trainer
  • Zab Judah ("Super"), American world champion junior welterweight & world champion welterweight boxer

Usage examples of "judah".

I spoke to Paolo about my conversation with Judah, but he thought I was imagining things.

In my weakened state, I was reproached by Judah and his wife for making Paolo use condoms, which I had recently insisted upon, so he stopped using them and I became pregnant immediately.

When I was about three months pregnant, Judah and his family moved to another home.

Paolo tried to convince me that Judah was a special case, but now that my eyes were opened to the reality of the Mo letters, I saw sexual innuendos everywhere.

Amen Judah, the only other person to carry a shot rifle besides Charles, was at lunch with his family when the alarm sounded.

Amen Judah, followed by his wife and children, all laden with goods, emerged from the house.

Around him lay the shapeless heaps that had once been the members of the Judah family.

Nor was she singular, for many of the young women who were supposed to be studying a brief abstract of the history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, in parallel columns, as arranged by the Misses Ponsonby, were indulging in the naughtiest thoughts and using naughty words as they sat in their bedrooms before the time for departure to church.

Zemet opened his eyes and stared blearily into the face of Admiral Judah Yanakov.

Amen Judah volunteered, nodding at his wife Abigail, who involuntarily held out a restraining hand but then took it back immediately.

When Zechariah and Judah had driven up in the landcars a short while ago, they had gone wild, loudly praising the Lord like charismatics, dancing like savages, wild with happiness, wild with anticipation of news from the outside world, wild with joy that the party had made the trip and survived, and wild with the hope that some remnants of civilization and their old lives--the landcars--had survived.

Only Amen Judah, although shocked profoundly by what had happened, managed to keep his wits.

The Judahs froze in fear as the machine cruised slowly by, its optics gleaming in the afternoon sunlight.

These were people he had known all his life--the Floods, Judahs, Sewalls, Dunmores, Maynards, Rowleys, and Stoughtons--all that was left of the City of God, forty pitiful survivors.

At last the son of Judah was forced to give in, and promised to speak to the ballet-master the same day, in order that she might dance the 'pas' with the actor she named.