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meforshim

Alternative Spellings

mefarshim

Definitions

  • any set of commentaries on classic religious texts
  • the rabbis who wrote such commentaries

Example Sentences

  • "Here are a list of the mefarshim/commentaries which we use in this class..." (http://www.yuhsg.org/webpages/lew/chumash.cfm?subpage=1075794)
  • "For group A, I carefully selected pesukim and mefarshim that we learned together..." (http://www.lookstein.org/articles/tanakh_methodology.htm)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

מפרשים 'commentators/exegetes' (singular is מפרש mefaresh), from the verb לפרש lefaresh 'to interpret'

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Stress varies: mefarshím (Israeli/Sefardi), mefárshim (Ashkenazi)

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