- assistant teacher of children in a Hebrew school or cheyder
- The Bal Shem Tov was a belfer in his youth.
Languages of Origin
בעלפֿער belfer, באַהעלפֿער bahelfer, from root העלף helf 'help'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Found in the context of a song about mitzvahs, as "belfer-gelt" (monetary contribution to the Hebrew school teachers, who were traditionally young and/or poor)
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