sofer

Alternative Spellings

sopher, soyfer, soifer

Definitions

  • A scribe trained in transcribing the Torah, mezuzah, tefillin scriptures and other religious texts on parchment.

Example Sentences

  • Talking about a Torah: "The letters are flaking off; we should call a sofer to fix it."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

סופר

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

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)

Notes

Plural sofrim.

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