d'var Torah


d'var Torah (dvahr TOE-ruh) listen
d'var Torah (deh-VAHR toh-RAH) listen
d'var Torah (dvahr toh-RAH) listen


  • n. A brief teaching from Jewish sources; a short speech, typically in shul on Shabbat.

Example Sentences

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

  • "Chayim, did you bring a dvar tore from school? OK, then say it now before dessert." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • דבר תורה, lit. 'a word of Torah'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


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

      Alternative Spellings

      devar Torah, dvar Torah


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

    plural: 'divrei Torah'

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