Which defunct Jewish sect's name
derives from an Aramaic word that means "the separated ones"?
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The word Phariseederives from the Aramaic
p'rishayya, the separated ones.
They were famous for their strict (and, to some,
sanctimonious) observance of Jewish law.
Note: The sect-name Hasidim derives from the Hebrew
hasidhim, the pious ones.
"separateness" refers more specifically to adherence to laws of ritual purity,
but the "sect" is hardly defunct, as the question says. Far from being a sect,
the Pharisees were the Jewish mainstream and the guardians of Rabbinic Judaism-
to which observant Jews adhere today. The view of the Pharisees as
sanctimonious reflects the bias of the early Christians, who naturally opposed
the religious Establishment of the time.
Or those who separated themselves. Or
left the mainstream. From the verb lifrosh
which is used in our time as detaching oneself and demissioning.
I thought it was the Essenes, who
clearly were the separated ones.
[Mootguy: According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the
word Essene is "perhaps from Heb. tzenum 'the modest ones,' or Heb. hashaim
'the silent ones.' Klein suggests Syriac hasen, pl. absolute state of hase
dcallen at pahouse.net
Stay away from religion as it can be, and therefore
will be, misconstrued.
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Speaking of mystical
types, the Chasidim, as I understand it, developed as a reaction to sanctimony
and the type of Judaism that could only be achieved by a lifetime of studying
Torah, a possibilty hardly available to most poor shtetl Jews.
Now I want to know where Saducee comes
Sadducees (the Jewish sect that ran the temple) were named forZadok, a high
priest in the time of Solomon. His name derives from the Hebrew sadaq, to be
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