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  Childrens Sefer Torah
Do you think there might be one letter that the Torah just can't do without?
     If any single letter of the Torah's 304,805 letters is missing, the whole Torah scroll has to be wrapped up and put away until it is fixed.
So if someone asks you, "What’s the most important letter in the Sefer Torah?" the answer is, "Every letter is!"
kidstorah.org   (93 words)

By tradition, all five of the books that constitute the Torah were given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai through the agency of Moses, though Nachmanides argues that what is now the Five Books were in fact given gradually over the forty years of wandering and not completed until the death of Moses.
Torah is, in these terms, is nothing less than the physical manifestation of divinity, a kind of "God In-scripted," as it were.
Zohar teaches that the Torah we have on earth, the Torah of laws, stories and theology, is only the "garments of Torah," for material beings could not survive an encounter with the unshielded Torah.
www.pantheon.org /articles/t/torah.html   (342 words)

  Torah - MSN Encarta
Torah (Hebrew, “law” or “doctrine”), in Judaism, the Pentateuch, especially when in the form of a parchment scroll for reading in the synagogue.
A special holiday in honor of the Torah, known as Simhath Torah (Hebrew, “rejoicing in the Law”), is celebrated in the synagogue by singing, and marching and dancing with the scrolls.
The term Torah also is used to refer to the entire corpus of the Scriptures of the Jews together with the commentaries on them.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761571597/Torah.html   (190 words)

  Torah study - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Torah study is the study by Jews of the Torah, Tanakh, Talmud, responsa, rabbinic literature and similar works, all of which are Judaism's religious texts, for the purpose of the mitzvah ("commandment") of Torah study itself, meaning study for religious (as opposed to academic) purposes.
The study of Torah is considered to be equal to a number of mitzvot, such as the Pe'ah, honouring one's parents, and bringing peace between people (Mishnah Pe'ah 1:1).
A number of Talmudic rabbis consider Torah study as being greater than the rescue of human life, than the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, and than the honor of father and mother (Megilah 16b).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Torah_study   (1216 words)

 Torah @ InnerMan.com (Inner Man)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A Sefer Torah is a formal written scroll of the five books, written by a Torah scribe under exceptionally strict requirements.
All Torah scrolls are stored in the holiest part of the synagogue in the Ark known as the "Holy Ark" (אֲרוֹן הקֹדשׁ aron hakodesh in Hebrew.) Aron in Hebrew means cupboard or closet and Kodesh is derived from 'Kadosh', or 'holy'.
The Torah is the primary document of Judaism.
www.innerman.com /encyclopedia/Torah   (2281 words)

Torah are always hand-written, in attractive Hebrew calligraphy with "crowns" (crows-foot-like marks coming up from the upper points) on many of the letters.
The one who blesses the Torah and reads from the Torah must be an adult in the eyes of the community, for the reader is fulfilling a commandment on behalf of all those assembled.
Torah scrolls are often similarly dressed, with a breastplate which is hung over the top of the eitzei chayim (wooden rollers), though it can have a wide variety of designs and inscriptions.
www.templesanjose.org /JudaismInfo/Torah/Torah.htm   (2323 words)

 The Torah
The Torah, consisting of five books, lays down the central events of Hebrew history: the beginning of time, the election of Abraham, the history of the patriarchs, and the monumental history of the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.
The Torah overwhelmingly concerns this last historical event, the event that gave the Hebrews a religion, a nation, and an identity: the "bene yisrael," the "children of Israel." The migration from Egypt involved two crucial events: the introduction to Yahweh on Mount Sinai and the receiving of Yahweh's religious and social instructions.
For this concept of the Torah is the foundation of the Western notion of "rule by law," in which the law is seen as superior to all temporal rulers, that is, that rulers are ruled by law.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/HEBREWS/TORAH.HTM   (849 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - The Torah
Torah refers to the five books of Moses which are known in Hebrew as Chameesha Choomshey Torah.
The Torah scrolls are entirely handwritten in Hebrew by a sofer (scribe) on parchment from a kosher animal.
This is known as the Torah she b’al pei or literally Torah from the mouth.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/judaism/texts/torah.shtml   (764 words)

 Judaism 101: Torah
But the word "torah" can also be used to refer to the entire Jewish bible (the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Tanakh or Written Torah), or in its broadest sense, to the whole body of Jewish law and teachings.
Written Torah is often referred to as the Tanakh, which is an acrostic of Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim.
The Torah scrolls that we read from in synagogue are unpointed text, with no vowels or musical notes, so the ability to read a passage from a scroll is a valuable skill, and usually requires substantial advance preparation (reviewing the passage in a text with points).
www.jewfaq.org /torah.htm   (1587 words)

 What is the Torah? What is the Talmud?
The Torah has two sections, the Torah Shebiksav (the Written Torah) and the Torah Sheb’al Peh (the Oral Torah).
Torah: This is the part that was given directly to Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our Teacher) at Mount Sinai by HaShem (God).
These explanations are called the Torah Sheb’al Peh, the Oral Torah, because they were meant to be passed from teacher to student.
members.aol.com /LazerA/torah.htm   (574 words)

 Judaism 101 - Torah - A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts - OU.ORG
Torah - (f.; pl. "Torot"); literally, the "Teaching;" the "Constitution" of Judaism and the Jewish People, given to them by G-d at Mt. Sinai, some thirty three hundred years ago.
The Torah is a "web" of History and Law, the History beginning at the Beginning of Time, and the Law, "preceding" the Beginning of Time, and continuing to the Present and into the Future.
Because the Torah says, "Do not take a ransom for the life of a Murderer, who is wicked to the extent that he must die"; for the murderer, there is no monetary amount that is sufficient to grant him atonement in the eyes of G-d!
www.ou.org /about/judaism/torah.htm   (595 words)

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When Torah is mentioned it is most often associated with the Torah of Moses, meaning the Torah, or Teaching, which God gave to Israel in the wilderness.
The Torah is unalterable, and technically it is Law, since breaking it does have penal consequences.
To view Torah as arbitrary condemnatory legalese, used as tedious entrapment against mankind, is the gravest of lies and misconceptions.
www.messianic.com /articles/torah2.htm   (1040 words)

In Jewish theology Torah signifies, first, the totality of Jewish doctrine, whether taken as a basis for religious knowledge and conduct, or as a basis for study.
The Torah relates the preparatory measures for and the establishment of the Old-Testament theocracy, and contains the institutions and laws in which this theocracy found its visible expression.
Another division of the Torah is connected with the reading of lessons read in the synagogue on the Sabbath, a practice referred to in Acts, xv, 21, ’ek geneôn ’archaíon as being ancient (cf.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/14779c.htm   (1286 words)

[A Torah scroll is gufan kadosh; the Torah covering is tashmishei kedusha.] The holiness of something which is gufan kadosh is an integral part of the object, whereas for tashmishei kedusha it is an external part of its relation, not part and parcel of its existence.
Apparently, Torah study, aside from being an intellectual, educational endeavor, enlightening the student and providing him with the information needed to observe the law, is a redemptive cathartic process - it sanctifies the personality.
We identify with Torah, we cherish her, we are committed to her, like a little child who identifies with his mother and cannot distinguish between his own identity and hers.
www.vbm-torah.org /archive/humility.htm   (3717 words)

Torah is a collection of writings central in Judaism, and is seen upon as one of the foundations of the world.
The core of the Torah, the content, seems to have been developed around 2000 years ago, reflecting very much the views of the Jewish group of Pharisees.
The Torah is seen upon as a lore that has to be interpreted in the context of the age and situation of its users.
lexicorient.com /e.o/torah.htm   (246 words)

Torah is Hebrew for "teaching," "guidance," "way" or "law." In its narrowest sense, Torah means the Five Books of Moses (The Pentateuch, or in Hebrew, the Chumash - the Five), the first five books of the Bible.
It consists primarily of the Mishnah Torah (the "Repetition [or "teaching"] of the Torah"), the Gemara ("learning" or "complete learning" from Aramaic, the primary language of the Talmud) or Talmud ("Teaching" or "learning," from the Hebrew), and the commentaries associated with them.
The greatest and most revolutionary gift the Torah offers, the most fundamental of all principles and the basis of all learning (See Psalm 83:19), is simply this: the knowledge of the existence of the Supreme Being.
rainbowcovenant.org /pages/FAQWhatIsTorah.htm   (560 words)

 .:: Is the Torah in Force Today? ::.
Also, it is a well-known fact that the punishment of the Torah is death.
This means that believers in Yeshua have already received the punishment of the Torah by means of Yeshua's sacrifice.
Usually Christianity says that the Torah (the commandments of G-d) is not important and there is no longer significance to the Torah.
www.torahclass.com /archived_articles/Stephens003.html   (1223 words)

 The Torah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Torah is the most sacred book in the Jewish religion.
The Torah includes a narrative element, extending from the creation of the world until Moses' death, just prior to the people's entry into the promised land; and a series of laws and commandments (according to a Talmudic tradition there are a total of 613 commandments).
The Torah is divided up into five books, and is therefore referred to as the "Five Books of Moses," the English equivalent of the ancient Greek expression "Pentateuch" which is still used occasionally.
www.ucalgary.ca /~elsegal/TalmudMap/MG/MGTorah.html   (199 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Texts: What is the Torah?
The Torah retells God’s creation of the world, the selection and growth of the family of Abraham and Sarah in relationship to God in the land of Canaan, the exile and redemption from Egypt of that “family-become-nation” known as Israel, and their travels through the desert until they return to the land of Canaan.
Traditionally, the Torah has been seen either as a document that was entirely revealed to Moses by God on Mount Sinai (along with the whole of the Oral Torah, i.e.
Historians and literary critics, noting historical inaccuracies and duplications that indicate a composite text have suggested that the Torah includes sources from the period of King David and King Solomon (around 1000 BCE), from the seventh century BCE during the reign of King Josiah, and from the sixth century BCE during the Babylonian exile.
www.myjewishlearning.com /texts/bible/TO_Torah_880.htm   (738 words)

 Who? and What? in the Synagogue
(Torah portions) which are generally three to five chapters in length.
In fact, the vowel system in Hebrew, which appears to many as a series of dots and dashes under and around the consonants, was invented sometime around the fifth century, when Jews no longer spoke Hebrew has their primary language, and required the help of vowels to pronounce holy texts correctly.
His special clothing included a tunic (the Torah mantle, or covering), a belt (the sash around the Torah scroll), a miter (the crown of the Torah), and a breastplate.
scheinerman.net /judaism/synagogue/torah.html   (1910 words)

Which is doubly enhanced when he learns that the true power is the power of self-control, and that this is specifically a feature of the lion; despite it being naturally aggressive like all predators, it differs from all other big cats in that it is able to somewhat control this aggression and live in groups.
From a Torah perspective, on the other hand, the problem of animal suffering is not to be solved through establishing animal rights, but rather by enforcing human responsibilities.
Through studying the clues, observing the animals at the zoo, and listening carefully to the Torah explanations that were given by each exhibit, the students had to give their best guess as to the animal's identity — which is gazelle, hippopotamus, leopard, hyrax, and giraffe, respectively.
www.zootorah.com /books/books.html   (1945 words)

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