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Alternative Spellings



  • 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..." (
  • "For group A, I carefully selected pesukim and mefarshim that we learned together..." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


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)


North America




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

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