Torah

Pronunciations

Torah (TOE-ruh) listen
Torah (To-ruh) listen
Torah (Toh-RAH) listen

Definitions

  • n. The five books of Moses; a scroll with this text on it.

  • n. Teaching (this is the literal meaning in Hebrew and sometimes used in Jewish English).

  • n. Jewish law and values in general.

  • n. General Jewish learning/knowledge.

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • תורה

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      Toira, Tora, Toyrah, Toirah, Toyra, Toreh, Toireh, Toyreh, Tore, Toire, Toyre

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