Alternative Spellings

Toirah, Toyre, Torah


  • Literally, "teaching". 1. The five books of moses. 2. Jewish law and values in general.

Example Sentences

  • "I taught this week's Torah portion to my religious school class."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


Also sometimes refers to general Jewish learning/knowledge

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