Definition of Torah in English:



  • 1(in Judaism) the law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch)

    • ‘The Torah acknowledges this importance and encourages us to work diligently and to enjoy life in appropriate moderation.’
    • ‘The Torah also tells us to be good to the poor, the widow, and the orphan.’
    • ‘This is why the Torah requires us to be charitable and hospitable to a slave.’
    • ‘This same concept is repeated later when the Torah explains the procedure of sacrificing doves or pigeons.’
    • ‘As a child, he spent many hours alone, memorizing the Torah and preparing to become a rabbi.’
    • ‘I extended my two-month leave of absence for another two months and went to study Torah in Jerusalem for the summer.’
    • ‘And this is why, of course, the Sages advise that to hear God one must study the Torah.’
    • ‘However, one may remove the organ as soon as he stops breathing, even though his heart is still beating, since the Torah considers life directly connected to breathing.’
    • ‘The orthodox rabbis have their hands full with the hundreds of thousands of non-observant Jews in their communities, trying to bring them closer to the Torah.’
    • ‘When the Torah laid down the principle of equal justice before the law, the rest of the world must have laughed.’
    • ‘But if we ask to be treated as children, we must relate to God the way the Torah expects a child to relate to a parent, with respect and reverence.’
    • ‘The Torah then imposes a discipline on our desires - this is for purpose A, this is for purpose B, this is used only in certain specific occasions.’
    • ‘The Torah recounts that at the very outset of the human journey God throws Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.’
    • ‘We can learn this from the unique way the Torah describes the prohibition on charging excessive prices, prices far beyond what is accepted for comparable merchandise in other stores.’
    • ‘What, then, is the primary lesson of this section of the Torah?’
    • ‘It is all this and much more, for the exaltation of the Torah in Jewish tradition is a theme which no words can exhaust.’
    • ‘While mandated to heal, the Torah also commands him to zealously guard his own health.’
    • ‘The Sages ask a fundamental question: Why was the Torah given in a desert?’
    • ‘Now… why do you think the Torah forbids castrating animals?’
    • ‘These accounts came precisely as they were found in the Torah sent down to Moses and in the Gospel sent down to Jesus.’
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      • ‘He would approach the ark to grab and Torah and then jump back as if stung.’
      • ‘Joseph used rags to wrap the green velveteen box that held the Torah, and stuck it deep down in his backpack.’
      • ‘At one point the Torah would be carried down the aisle and when it passed by me I'd catch myself holding my breath.’
      • ‘Nine years ago, when his oldest grandchildren were 6 and 8, Joseph took out the Torah and decided he was ready to tell the story once more.’


From Hebrew tōrāh instruction, doctrine, law from yārāh show, direct, instruct.