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


  • 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." (
  • "[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 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)


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

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.