seforim

Pronunciations

seforim (SFUH-rim) listen
sfarim (sfah-REEM) listen

Definitions

  • n. Religious books, especially those written in Hebrew or Aramaic.

Example Sentences

  • "We are adding new sefarim to our site all the time, so if you can't find what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us via whatsapp or email and we will do our best to get you the sefer you seek." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb ספרים sefarím 'books', Yiddish ספֿרים sfórim 'holy books'

    • Who Uses This

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

      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 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

Notes

  • Singular sefer, seyfer, seifer (ספר).

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