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Torah - The first five books of the Hebrew bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) portions of which are read every Shabbat. Traditionally, a reading of the entire Torah is complete in one year.

The Torah is comprised of two components: The Written Torah and the Oral Torah. According to Jewish learning, they were both delivered to Moses at Mount Sinai. The Written Torah is comprised of the Five Books of Moses.

The Torah, containing the Holy texts of the five books of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings was given to Moses on Mount Sinai shortly after the Egyptians freed the people of Israel (the Jewish nation) from slavery. God gave these teachings to Moses.

The Pentateuch, or the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and Talmud.