farher

Alternative Spellings

faher

Definitions

  • noun: an oral examination, typically on one's understanding of Talmud
  • verb: examine, test, quiz

Example Sentences

  • "Thousands of bochurim’s only personal interaction with Reb Nosson Tzvi was when he farhered (tested) them before being accepted into the Mir. Although the method changed lately, for decades the way to get into Yeshivas Mir was a through a farher by Reb Nosson Tzvi. The author of this piece experienced the farher, as well. What was clear was that the farher wasn’t simply a test to analyze or determine the potential bochur’s learning capabilities and worthiness for the Mir. The Rosh Yeshiva was able to farher the pnimiyus (depth of character) of a person." (http://baltimorejewishlife.com/m/news/article.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=24966)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

פֿאַרהערן farhérn 'to examine'; פֿאַרהער farhér 'interrogation, hearing; audition'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Stress on second syllable - far-HER (sounds like far-hair)

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