Acharon

June 19, 2006

[m., pl. "Acharonim"] the “last” or a “later one.” In Torah scholarship, the term has taken on the specific meaning of a Torah scholar who lived from approximately the sixteenth-seventeenth centuries through the nineteenth century. Some examples are Rabbi Akiva Eiger, the “Chatam Sofer” and the “Chofetz Chayim.”