Torah (TOE-ruh) listen
Torah (TOE-ruh) listen
Torah (toh-RAH) listen


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

  • n. Teaching.

  • n. Jewish law and values in general.

  • n. General Jewish learning and knowledge.

Example Sentences

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

  • "The menahel was a model of patience, empathy, and compassion, teaching that Torah can only be given over when we connect with our students and they feel our love for them." (source)

  • "Chanukah isn't mentioned in the Torah, it's in the Gemara!" (Glinert)

  • "Instead of sitting in front of that video, why don't you learn Torah?" (Glinert)

  • "But how easy is it to find a psychiatrist with a Torah view on life?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH תורה > Y תּורה toyre

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


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


      • 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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