kriyah

Alternative Spellings

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

Definitions

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

Notes

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

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