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WHAT IS TORAH? In When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street , Elsa Okon Rael's picture book, Zeesie asks her grandfather, "Can you tell me, Zaydeh, what is Torah?". . . . "You, my dear one," Zaydeh said, "have just asked a question with as many answers as there are Jews to answer it. The Torah is the writing of the five books of Moses. It was given to us by God in heaven to tell us how to live as Jews in the world." Zaydeh took a deep breath before he offered, in a whisper, "And would you like to know what I think? Personally?" Zeesie tingled with curiosity. "Yes, please, please." "Come closer." Zeesie thought Zaydeh was about to whisper in her ear, but instead, as she leaned closer to hear him, Zaydeh kissed the top of her head. "That's what I think is Torah. A kiss from God!"
The answer to "what is Torah" is, of course, different depending on the context. Most literally, "Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Beresheet/Genesis, Shmot/Exodus, Vayikra/Leviticus, Bamidbar/Numbers and Devarim/Deuteronomy. "Torah" can also refer to the entire written Jewish bible - the Tanakh. "TaNaKh" is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the text's three traditional subdivisions: Torah (Five Books of Moses), Nevi'im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings). In its broadest sense, "Torah" means the whole body of Jewish law and teachings both written and oral.