What does “Torah” mean?

The fruit of the Spirit in you is made evident in your desire to follow Torah. If you do not feel a desire to follow Torah, then that is a sign that the Spirit of the Father is not guiding you.

The word Torah comes from the Hebrew root word תורה. It derives from “yarah” יָרָה, meaning to put out the hand as pointing, to show, indicate, to teach, instruct, to lay foundations, means “the mark”, which is meant to bring to mind a person as he strives to “hit the mark”. Conversely, the Hebrew word for “sin” means to litteraly “miss the mark”. So, the picture in the mind that the word Torah is meant to reveal is aiming for the middle of the target to do what is right.

Note: Torah cannot actually be defined as a “law”. Torah means teaching, doctrine or more accurately, it means the instructions from Yahweh. Those instructions do point you to the law and encourage you to be obedient, but Torah is not a “law” per se.

“The meaning of the word is therefore “teaching”, “doctrine”, or “instruction”; the commonly accepted “law” gives a wrong impression.” (Source: Rabinowitz, Louis Isaac and Harvey, Warren. “Torah”. Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. Vol. 20. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. pp. 39–46.)

We encourage you, be passionate about Torah, do what is righteous in every part of your mind, thoughts, behaviour and life. Embrace Torah and make it an ingrained part of your soul and mind.

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