Torah Torah – she even spells it correctly

When Torah Bright won gold for Australia at the Winter Olympics in the woman’s snowboarding halfpipe event (this is what it is),  quite a few people kvelled, and not only Australians.  She spoke very well too.

Evidently, she is from a Mormon Family who chose her name for its Biblical significance

This was in contrast to the spelling of the words “Tora, Tora, Tora”  of the film depicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.  Tora was of the code-word  were used by the Japanese to indicate that complete surprise was achieved (tora is Japanese for “tiger”, but in this case, “To” is the initial syllable of the Japanese word totsugeki, meaning “charge” or “attack”, and “ra” is the initial syllable of raigeki, meaning “torpedo attack”).

In the Encyclopedia Judaica, it is stated that the word “Torah” in Hebrew “is derived from the root ירה which in the hifil conjugation means “to teach” (cf. Lev 10:11). The meaning of the word is therefore “teaching,” “doctrine,” or “instruction”; the commonly accepted “law” gives a wrong impression.”

More about the Torah here and here

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