ba'al koreh


ba'al koreh (ba-ahl KOH-reh) listen


  • n. The individual who chants Torah from the scroll at a synagogue.

  • n. A person capable of learning and chanting an entire parsha; a professional, paid reader as opposed to an amateur.

Example Sentences

  • "Our baal koreh will be reading the first five aliyot, but the bar mitzvah boy will handle the last two."

  • "The baal kore skipped a word, so the rabbi corrected him." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בעל קורא ba'al kore 'master reader'

    • 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).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      baal korei, baal-kore, bal koreh, baal koreh, baalat koreh, baalat korei, baalat-kore, balat koreh


  • Also baal keriah / ba'al k'riyah / bal kriya (Heb. בעל קריאה), which is "correct" according to Hebrew grammar.

    "ba'alat korei" is the feminine counterpart
    "ba'alei korei" is the plural masculine counterpart
    "ba'altot korei" is the plural feminine counterpart

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