- justification, reason, plausible explanation
- guess, hypothesis
- "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?" (http://keitzmeguleh.blogspot.com/2009/11/yishmaels-merit.html)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
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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