- 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
Examples from the Web for torah
He gave his soul for the sake of the people of Israel, The Torah, and the Land.Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness
November 21, 2014
All of their songs, they say, are inspired by Torah and Hasidic philosophy, even the ones that sound a bit salacious.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
He added, “This is the whole of the Torah, and the rest is commentary; go learn it.”Why I’m Against Hamas, Against What Israel Is Doing, and For Judaism
July 25, 2014
Every week, on the Sabbath, Jews around the world read a portion of the Torah.Despite Hebron's Importance, Israel Will Have to Give It Up
October 28, 2013
This Torah portion is often used to falsely justify exclusive Jewish ownership of, and Israeli military presence in, Hebron.Arrested for Learning Torah in Hebron
A. Daniel Roth
October 28, 2013
Even the child's unborn soul had been present and accepted the yoke of the Torah.Dreamers of the Ghetto
She was pleased that I was sitting with nice children, and learning the "Torah."Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
It is of value only when used in defence of the Torah and in behalf of God and the truth.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
He accepted the Torah as the guide of his own life and of that of his nation.History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)
The Jew had to testify against the Christian on the "Torah."History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)
- the Pentateuch
- 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 and History for torah
"the Pentateuch," 1570s, from Hebrew torah, literally "instruction, law," verbal noun from horah "he taught, showed."
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.