d'var torah

Pronunciations

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

Definitions

  • n. 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

Etymology

  • דבר תורה

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      devar torah, dvar torah

Notes

  • 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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