sofek, safeik, sofeik, safeyk, sofeyk, safayk, sofayk
- A doubt or doubtful case.
- "Unresolved question: Uncertainty" (Weiser)
- "Doubt in the integrity of: Suspicion" (Weiser)
- "We might think of a safek as a case with a sample space consisting of two opposite elements." (https://u.cs.biu.ac.il/~koppel/rov-25.5.pdf)
- "There's a sofek in the Rishoinim about how the Tanna Kama taitshes the posuk." (Weiser)
- "The bochrim avoided that restaurant because of a sofek in the kashrus." (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
ספק safek 'doubt'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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