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          The TORAH

                    Often referred to as The Law or The Law of Moses

The TORAH is the most sacred of the Hebrew scriptures given to Moses after Israel's departure from Egypt, an event often refered to as the Exodus. Many devout Jews believe that G_d (Adonai) presented or dictated the TORAH directly to Moses. The word TORAH may be inclusive of both the written and Oral Laws, yet for our study the TORAH will be defined as the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh.

TORAH SCROLL - A scroll made from kosher animal parchment and ink, with the complete text of the Law of Moses in ancient or modern Hebrew.

The Five Books of the TORAH are:

  1. Genesis - B'RE'SHIT
  2. Exodus - SH'MOT
  3. Leviticus - VAYIQRA
  4. Numbers - B'MIDBAR
  5. Deuteronomy - D'VARIM

The TORAH is the foundation of Jewish faith, law and culture. Considered the Holiest Scripture in Judaism the TORAH contains legal, ethical and religious instruction believed to be divinely inspired. Some Orthodox Jews claim that the TORAH was dictated to Moses letter by letter by G_d at Mount Sinai, (Har Sinai). Supporting the claims of divine inspiration is Biblical Prophecy where future events are foretold in advance. The realization of these events is the evidence of divine inspiration.

Divine inspiration is supported by those who study gematria and TORAH Codes.

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