belfer

Alternative Spellings

bahelfer

Definitions

  • assistant teacher of children in a Hebrew school or cheyder

Example Sentences

  • The Bal Shem Tov was a belfer in his youth.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

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

Dictionaries

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Notes

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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