• Religious books written in Hebrew or Aramaic.

Example Sentences

  • " This is an ongoing project bringing sforim to the web in text format."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb ספרים sefarím 'books', Yiddish ספֿרים sfórim 'holy books'
    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      sforim, sefarim, sfarim


      • Singular: sefer, seyfer, seifer (ספר)

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