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Yom \Yom\, n. [Heb. y[=o]m.] Day; -- a Hebrew word used in the names of various Jewish feast days; as, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; Yom Teruah (lit., day of shouting), the Feast of Trumpets.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Yom is a Biblical Hebrew word which occurs in the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). The Arabic equivalent is "yawm" or "yōm" written as يوم.

Although it is commonly rendered as day in English translations, the word yom has several literal definitions:

  • Period of light (as contrasted with the period of darkness),
  • Period of twenty-four hours
  • General term for time
  • Point of time
  • Sunrise to sunset
  • Sunset to next sunset
  • A year(in the plural; I Sam 27:7; Ex 13:10, etc.)
  • Time period of unspecified length.
  • A long, but finite span of time - age - epoch - season.

Biblical Hebrew has a limited vocabulary, with fewer words compared to other languages, like English that has the largest vocabulary. So words often have more than one meaning and context would determine the meaning. Strong's Lexicon yom is Hebrew #3117 יוֹם The word Yom's root meaning is to be hot as the warm hours of a day.

Thus yom, in it context, is sometimes translated: Time (Gen 4:3) (Is. 30:8). Year (I Kings 1:1)( 2 Chronicles 21:19)(Amos 4:4). Age Gen 18:11, Gen 24:1; Joshua 23:1 and 23:2, Gen 47:28). Ago (1 Samuel 9:20). Always (Deuteronomy 5:29, 6:24, 14:23, and in 2 Chronicles 18:7). Season (Genesis 40:4, Joshua 24:7, 2 Chronicles 15:3). Literal 24-hour day (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31).

Yom relates to the concept of time. Yom is not just for day, days, but for time in general. How yom is translated depends on the context of its use with other words in the around it, using hermeneutics.

The word day is used some what the same way in the English language, examples: "In my grandfather's day, cars did not go very fast" or "In the day of the dinosaurs there were not many mammals."

The word Yom is used in the name of various Jewish feast days; as, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; Yom teruah (lit., day of shouting) the Feast of Trumpets.

Yom is also used in each of the days of the week in the Hebrew calendar.

Yom (disambiguation)

Yom rendered as day in English translations from the Hebrew and Arabic

'''Yom may refer to:

Usage examples of "yom".

Aleph Beth Ghimel Daleth Hagadah Tephilim Kosher Yom Kippur Hanukah Roschaschana Beni Brith Bar Mitzvah Mazzoth Askenazim Meshuggah Talith.

Yom Kippur War had shown the old men in Tel Aviv that nothing less than the survival of Israel depended upon access to such improved and extensive intelligence as only the Americans could provide.

It was the time before Rosh Hashana, before Yom Kippur, the High Holy Days.

After all, the Jews of his world were street traders and merchants and of a naturally talkative and friendly disposition with the inclination to congregate together, marry among themselves, and on those several pious occasions such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to share their faith.

He paid his tithes, contributed to Jewish charity, took his seat in the synagogue and observed with a full heart Rosh Hashanah, Passover and Yom Kippur.

September 13th, just before the High Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, an order went out that all stores had to be kept open on those days and synagogues were to be closed.

Conservative and Reform services, mainly for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

They were good for the major holidays--the big four, as I call them: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, and Passover.

The high holy days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur had come and gone without incident.

Atonement renewed on a yearly basis has always fascinated me, so I hang around the temple on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

On holidays, she celebrated in muted fashion-a polite Pesach Seder and a Yom Kippur fast.

At sixty-four, Yom Meepoka still works, sifting garbage for paper and bottles, earning eighty bahts ($3.

As a combat veteran of four Arab-Israeli hot warsthe Six Day War of 1967, the Yom Kippur War of 1973, the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 to destroy the PLO, and the launch of the first Palestinian intifada in December of 1987 (he'd been too young for the War of Independence in 1948 and the Suez Crisis in 1956)he'd seen with his own eyes the worst human beings could do to each other.

Only on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, did they search their souls and their lives-and, too, on the Day of Judgment, Rosh Hashana-the new year.

Similar constraints surround the fall holiday season, which for Jews, runs from Rosh Hashana through the Days of Awe to the fast day of Yom Kippur and then through the festival of Succos, which ends with Simchas Torah.