To·​rah ˈtȯr-ə How to pronounce Torah (audio)
: the body of wisdom and law contained in Jewish Scripture and other sacred literature and oral tradition
: the five books of Moses constituting the Pentateuch
: a leather or parchment scroll of the Pentateuch used in a synagogue for liturgical purposes

Examples of Torah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next threat came at about 4:30 p.m., when the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah on West 30th Street received an email from an unknown sender, as well, which also included threats of explosives. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 5 May 2024 Netanyahu relies on two Ultra-Orthodox parties – Shas and United Torah Judaism – to maintain a governing coalition. Mick Krever, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 On the battlefield, some religious soldiers have filmed themselves dancing with Torah scrolls and waving the orange flags of Gush Katif. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Just last weekend, Haredi protesters opposed to conscription blocked a major highway near the largely ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak. Roth, from the United Torah Judaism party, is steadfast in his views. Mick Krever, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 In his absence, worshipers at a nearby ultra-Orthodox synagogue had dedicated a Torah to a soldier killed during the invasion of Gaza — something that would have been unthinkable before the war. Natan Odenheimer, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Traditionalists don’t bother; the study of Torah is self-justifying. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The rally’s speakers implored the attendees to limit the use of the internet to business and other practical concerns and to avoid frivolous social media, pornography and other sites that are a distraction from Torah study and human relationships. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 The museum is buying superlative examples of Judaica, such as a Polish Torah crown from around 1800. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Hebrew tōrāh

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Torah was in 1547

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“Torah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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To·​rah ˈtōr-ə How to pronounce Torah (audio)
: the wisdom and law contained in Jewish Scripture and other sacred writings and in oral tradition
: a scroll containing the first five books of the Old Testament used in a synagogue for religious services

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