baal koreh


baal koreh (bahl KOH-reh) listen


  • n. The individual who chants Torah from the scroll at a synagogue. Sometimes used to refer specifically to a person capable of learning and chanting an entire parsha, or to 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.

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
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • 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, ba'al koreh


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

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