kriah

Alternative Spellings

krieh, kriyah, k'riye, k'riyah, k'riya, keriyah, keriya, kria, kriya, krie, keriah, qeriah, q'ria, q'ri'a, q'ri'ah, qeria

Definitions

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

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." (http://www.amazon.com/Kriyah-Coach-DVD-Alef-Train/dp/B00ABNQJZ6)
  • "[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." (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-keriah.htm)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

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

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