sopher, soyfer, soifer
- A scribe trained in transcribing the Torah, mezuzah, tefillin scriptures and other religious texts on parchment.
- Talking about a Torah: "The letters are flaking off; we should call a sofer to fix it."
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Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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