Hebrew Word Studies
Torah
By Jeff A. Benner

Letters (Root of the Tree)

Pronunciation: "R"
Picture: Head of a man.
Culture: The head is seen as the top of the body and can be the top or head of anything such as the body, time, mountaintop, rank, etc. This letter can also represent a man.
Meaning: Man

Pronunciation: "Y", when used as a consonant, "I" when used as a vowel.
Picture: An arm and closed hand.
Culture: The closed hand represents the idea of work, throw, make, etc.
Meaning: Working hand




Parent Root (Trunk of the Tree)

Pronunciation: "YaR"
Picture: Hand of man.
Meaning: The work of a man's hand.




Child Root (Branches of the Tree)

Pronunciation: "Ya-RaH"
Meaning: This root has the more specific meaning of the "throwing of the hand of man".
Comments: This child root is derived from the parent root "YaR," is formed by placing the vowel "aH" after it.




Words (Leaves of the Tree)

Pronunciation: "MoW-ReH"
Meaning: A Moreh is 'one who throws from the hand'. This can be the 'archer' who throws the arrow, or a 'teacher' who throws the finger in the way the student is to go.
Comments: Nouns are derived from the root by making one or two changes to the original root. The noun 'morey' is made by adding a mem to the front of the word. When the first letter of the root is a yad and a prefix (in this case a mah) is added, the yad is replaced by the vowel "waw" (ow sound).
Reference: Exodus 12:49

Pronunciation: "ToW-RaH"
Meaning: Torah is "what is thrown by the Moreh". This can be the 'arrow' from the archer or the 'direction' (teachings and instructions) from the teacher. The true Hebraic understanding of "Torah" is "instructions" and "teachings" such as from a father to his children.
Comments: Another noun is formed the same way except that a 'Taw' is placed at the front of the word instead of a 'Mah', we then have the word 'Torah'.
Reference: Proverbs 5:13