kriya, kria, keriya, keriyah, k'riya, k'riyah, k'riye, krie, krieh
- Rending a garment (ritual of mourning)
- Reading, especially Torah
- "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
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)
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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