da'as torah

Alternative Spellings

das torah, daas torah, da'at torah

Definitions

  • Intuitive knowledge that comes from a lifetime of Torah study.
  • The authoritative wisdom of the tradition mediated by "gedolim" or great rabbis.

Example Sentences

  • “Many Haredim explain their strong loyalty to their leaders with the concept of daas torah.”

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

דעת תורה, lit. knowledge of Torah

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Da'as torah is closely related to emunas chachamim which, essentially, is the belief in da'as torah.

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