d'var torah

Alternative Spellings

devar torah, dvar torah


  • a brief teaching from Jewish sources [lit. "a word of torah"], "A short speech" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Amanda will give a d'var torah this Shabbos."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


דבר תורה

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).


In liberal Jewish communities, sometimes shortened to just "d'var," as in, "Who is giving the d'var at shul this Shabbos?"

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