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or To·ra

[toh-ruh, tawr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew toh-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew toh-ruh, toi-ruh]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. the Pentateuch, being the first of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament.Compare Tanach.
  2. a parchment scroll on which the Pentateuch is written, used in synagogue services.
  3. the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law, and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and the Talmud.
  4. law or instruction.
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Origin of Torah

From the Hebrew word tōrāh instruction, law
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Historical Examples of tora

  • Methinks the marks in the pass of Gharendel were the marks of the camels of the children of Tora.'


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • And now Hana's mother returns, and Tora comes running in from his play.

  • Hana and Tora live in one of the beautiful islands of Japan.

  • Tora and she were at one on the point, though it was not put too bluntly between them.

  • Tora had taken her line and at once conceived hesitation to be impossible.

British Dictionary definitions for tora


    1. the Pentateuch
    2. the scroll on which this is written, used in synagogue services
  1. the whole body of traditional Jewish teaching, including the Oral Law
  2. (modifier) promoting or according with traditional Jewish Law
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Word Origin for Torah

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."

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tora in Culture


[(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 (see also 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.

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