Alternative Spellings

kriya, kria, keriya, keriyah, k'riya, k'riyah, k'riye, krie, krieh


  • Rending a garment (ritual of mourning)
  • Reading, especially Torah

Example Sentences

  • "Learning to read Hebrew is one of the most important skills your child will master. Experts agree that the mastery of kriyah while a child is young is key to his or her entire future growth as a Torah Jew." (
  • "[That minyan] might be perfect for you- it's trad egal, and they do a full kriyah."
  • "In addition to being a ritual process and an acknowledgment of extreme sorrow, keriah can also be very cathartic for mourners, allowing them to express anger and sadness in a visible and physical way." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


קריאה 'reading', קריעה 'tearing, rending'

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


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


The Jewish-English "kriyah" corresponds to two unrelated Hebrew words; see Etymology.

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