Alternative Spellings

svore, svora


  • justification, reason, plausible explanation
  • guess, hypothesis

Example Sentences

  • "I can't find a svara for taking time from learning to play games." (Weiser)
  • "The svara for a convenience store is that for some items at certain times, people will pay double." (Weiser)
  • "What is the svara for davka 4408 instead of 4398?" (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew


סברה, סברא

Who Uses This

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


North America, Great Britain, South Africa


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).


Also the name of a "traditionally radical Yeshiva" based in Chicago.

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