Alternative Spellings

sforim, sefarim, sfarim


  • 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).


Singular: sefer, seyfer, seifer (ספר)

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