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[toh-ruh, tawr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew toh-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew toh-ruh, toi-ruh] /ˈtoʊ rə, ˈtɔr ə; Sephardic Hebrew toʊˈrɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈtoʊ rə, ˈtɔɪ rə/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
the Pentateuch, being the first of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament.
Compare Tanach.
a parchment scroll on which the Pentateuch is written, used in synagogue services.
the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law, and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and the Talmud.
law or instruction.
Origin of Torah
From the Hebrew word tōrāh instruction, law Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Oh, I thought we were trying to get a true view of a man's—or a woman's—rights in such a case," said tora, with lofty scorn.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • tora had taken her line and at once conceived hesitation to be impossible.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • Partly also because Colonel Smith and tora—do you know them?

    A Change of Air Anthony Hope
  • "Well, if he doesn't agree with what we're doing, I think he's right not to stay," said tora.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • tora and she were at one on the point, though it was not put too bluntly between them.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for tora


/ˈtəʊrə; Hebrew tɔˈra/
  1. the Pentateuch
  2. the scroll on which this is written, used in synagogue services
the whole body of traditional Jewish teaching, including the Oral Law
(modifier) promoting or according with traditional Jewish Law
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew: precept, from yārāh to instruct
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Word Origin and History for tora



"the Pentateuch," 1570s, from Hebrew torah, literally "instruction, law," verbal noun from horah "he taught, showed."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tora in Culture
Torah [(toh-ruh, tawr-uh, toy-ruh)]

The law on which Judaism is founded (torah is Hebrew for “law”). This law is contained in the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Torah can also refer to the entire body of Jewish law and wisdom, including what is contained in oral tradition.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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