Is there a general name for the types of books which are to be treated with respect? For example: a siddur, a Tanach, a copy of the Hagaddah, Megilat Esther, or Talmud. Might we call these holy books, sifrei kodesh, or is that misleading?

Sample usage: When her grandfather passed away, she cleaned out his library, deciding to keep only the __.

  • I'm thinking sheimos, as in sheimos sheainam nimchakim
    – Eliyahu
    Apr 10, 2014 at 13:39

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AFAIK, sifrei kodesh (ספרי קודש) is the common term.


Colloquialy we refer to them as Sefarim (Sefer in singular), as opposed to books which are not treated with respect.

She kept the Sefarim and threw out the books.

This does not work when talking Hebrew.

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    +1 for "this does not work when talking Hebrew. Many Anglos speak as if it does
    – Yitzchak
    Apr 7, 2014 at 16:25

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