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What does the word Karaim mean? What is another name for the Karaites?


The designation Karaim is derived from the hebrew word קָרָא kara, which means - to read; the word קָרָאִי karai means - the reading (person); the word קָרָאִים karaim is plural of the word karai, and means - the reading (people).
Karaites are also referred to as בְּנֵי מִקְרָא Bene Mikra, which means the Sons of the Holy Scriptures.