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ˈtoʊr ə, ˈtɔr ə; Heb. toʊˈrɑtorah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Torahnoun

    the whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition

  2. Torah, Pentateuch, Lawsnoun

    the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit

  3. Torahnoun

    (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written; is used in a synagogue during services


  1. Torahnoun

    A specially written scroll containing the five books of Moses, such as those used in religious services.

    An anonymous donor has provided us with a lovely new Torah.

  2. Torahnoun

    A book containing the five books of Moses.

    There was a lovely leather-bound Torah on the bookshelf.

  3. Torahnoun

    The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, attributed to Moses and therefore also known as the Five Books of Moses.

    Tradition holds that the Torah was handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai.

  4. Torahnoun

    The full body of written Jewish law, including the Tanakh, the Talmud, the Mishnah and the midrashic texts.

    It says in the Torah that both gossip and murder cause irreparable damage.

  5. Torahnoun

    The whole of Jewish law, both written and unwritten.

  6. Torahnoun

    The encompassing philosophy of Judaism.

  7. Etymology: From תורה.


  1. Torah

    The Torah (; Biblical Hebrew: תּוֹרָה‎ Tōrā, "Instruction", "Teaching" or "Law") is the compilation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, namely the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. In that sense, Torah means the same as Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses. It is also known in the Jewish tradition as the Written Torah (תּוֹרָה שֶׁבִּכְתָב‎, Tōrā šebbīḵṯāv). If meant for liturgic purposes, it takes the form of a Torah scroll (Sefer Torah). If in bound book form, it is called Chumash, and is usually printed with the rabbinic commentaries (perushim). The Torah is the first component of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh: Torah, nevi’im (prophets), ketuvim (writings). Torah can mean the totality of Jewish teaching, culture, and practice, whether derived from biblical texts or later rabbinic writings. The latter is often known as the Oral Torah. Representing the core of the Jewish spiritual and religious tradition, the Torah is a term and a set of teachings that are explicitly self-positioned as encompassing as many as 70 or potentially infinite faces and interpretations, making an unequivocal definition of Torah impossible.Common to all these meanings, the Torah consists of the origin of Jewish peoplehood: their call into being by God, their trials and tribulations, and their covenant with their God, which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of moral and religious obligations and civil laws (halakha). The "Tawrat" (also Tawrah or Taurat; Arabic: توراة‎) is the Arabic name for the Torah within its context as an Islamic holy book believed by Muslims to have been given by God to the prophets and messengers amongst the Children of Israel.In rabbinic literature, the word Torah denotes both the five books (תורה שבכתב "Torah that is written") and the Oral Torah (תורה שבעל פה, "Torah that is spoken"). The Oral Torah consists of interpretations and amplifications which according to rabbinic tradition have been handed down from generation to generation and are now embodied in the Talmud and Midrash. Rabbinic tradition's understanding is that all of the teachings found in the Torah (both written and oral) were given by God through the prophet Moses, some at Mount Sinai and others at the Tabernacle, and all the teachings were written down by Moses, which resulted in the Torah that exists today. According to the Midrash, the Torah was created prior to the creation of the world, and was used as the blueprint for Creation. The majority of Biblical scholars believe that the written books were a product of the Babylonian captivity (c. 6th century BCE), based on earlier written sources and oral traditions, and that it was completed with final revisions during the post-Exilic period (c. 5th century BCE).Traditionally, the words of the Torah are written on a scroll by a scribe (sofer) in Hebrew. A Torah portion is read publicly at least once every three days in the presence of a congregation. Reading the Torah publicly is one of the bases of Jewish communal life.


  1. torah

    The Torah, often referred to as the law of the Jewish religion, is the first five books of the twenty-four books of the Tanakh, which are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It includes the teachings and laws given to the Israelites by God through Moses. In a broader sense, Torah can also refer to the entire body of Jewish law and teachings, including both written and oral traditions.


  1. Torah

    Torah is a central concept in the Jewish tradition. It has a range of meanings: it can most specifically mean the first five books of the Tanakh, it can mean this, plus the rabbinic commentaries on it, it can mean the continued narrative from Genesis to the end of the Tanakh, it can even mean the totality of Jewish teaching and practice. Common to all these meanings, Torah consists of the foundational narrative of the Jewish people: their call into being by Yahweh, their trials and tribulations, and their covenant with their God, which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of religious obligations and civil laws. In its most specific meaning, it consists of the first five books of the Tanakh written in Biblical Hebrew. The names of each of these books in Hebrew are taken from the first phrase in each book: Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. In rabbinic literature the word Torah denotes both these five books, Torah Shebichtav, and an Oral Torah, Torah Shebe'al Peh. The Oral Torah consists of the traditional interpretations and amplifications handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation and now embodied in the Talmud and Midrash.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Torah

    tō′ra, n. the Mosaic law: the book of the law, the Pentateuch.—Also Thō′rah. [Heb.]

Editors Contribution

  1. torahnoun

    The commanding of pure guidance and instructions.

    The Torah is the official walking, running, riding and flying law of the Most High God.

    Etymology: Holy Word

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on June 30, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torah in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of torah in a Sentence

  1. Bezalel Smotrich:

    I wouldn’t want to meet the Smotrich they [UK Board of Deputies] think they know. I have clear conservative and religious positions on issues related to family – that are based on Torah and Halacha. I also think that the whole Land of Israel is for the people of Israel.

  2. Rafael Peretz:

    I honor everyone as people. I admit that I, personally - I am a rabbi of Israel. Our Torah tells us other things. But that does not mean that I look about now and give them grades.

  3. Ari Berman:

    The Torah guides everything that we do at Yeshiva — from how we educate students to how we run our dining halls to how we organize our campus, we care deeply for and welcome all our students, including our LGBTQ students, and continue to be engaged in a productive dialogue with our Rabbis, faculty and students on how we apply our Torah values to create an inclusive campus environment. We only ask the government to allow us the freedom to apply the Torah in accordance with our values.

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