farher

Definitions

  • n. An oral examination, typically on one's understanding of Talmud.

  • v. 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." (source)

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).

      Alternative Spellings

      faher

Notes

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

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