La Torah (en hébreu תּוֹרָה, « instruction » ; en grec ancien Νόμος – Nomos –, « Loi ») est, selon les traditions du judaïsme, du christianisme et de l'islam, l'enseignement divin transmis par Moïse (תּוֹרַת־מֹשֶׁה – Tōraṯ Mōshe) au travers de ses cinq livres (hébreu : חמשה חומשי תורה – Ḥamishā Ḥoumshē Tōrā –, grec : Πεντάτευχος, Pentateuque), ainsi que l'ensemble des enseignements qui en découlent,.
Elle est composée de cinq livres désignés en hébreu par le premier mot du texte et traditionnellement en français : la Genèse (Berēshīṯ : Commencement), l'Exode (Shemōṯ : Noms), le Lévitique (Wayyiqrā' : Et il appela), les Nombres (Bamiḏbar : Dans le désert), le Deutéronome (Devarim/ Deḇārīm : Choses).
La Torah sert de charte historique et doctrinale au judaïsme[réf. à confirmer]. Elle est également reconnue par le christianisme, bien que celui-ci soutienne que ses pratiques et lois seraient accomplies et auraient perdu de leur pertinence devant le Nouveau Testament, et en partie par l'islam, selon lequel, pour certains, elle aurait été falsifiée.
Judaism (from the Latin Iudaismus, derived from the Greek Ἰουδαϊσμός, and ultimately from the Hebrew יהודה, Yehudah, "Judah"; in Hebrew: יהדות, Yahadut, the distinctive characteristics of the Judean ethnos) is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, with its foundational text, the Torah (also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God established with the Children of Israel.
Judaism includes a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. Within Judaism there are a variety of movements, most of which emerged from Rabbinic Judaism, which holds that God revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah. Historically, this assertion was challenged by various groups such as the Sadducees and Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period; the Karaites and Sabbateans during the early and later medieval period; and among segments of the modern reform movements. Liberal movements in modern times such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic. Today, the largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism (Haredi Judaism and Modern Orthodox Judaism), Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism. Major sources of difference between these groups are their approaches to Jewish law, the authority of the Rabbinic tradition, and the significance of the State of Israel. Orthodox Judaism maintains that the Torah and Jewish law are divine in origin, eternal and unalterable, and that they should be strictly followed. Conservative and Reform Judaism are more liberal, with Conservative Judaism generally promoting a more "traditional" interpretation of Judaism's requirements than Reform Judaism. A typical Reform position is that Jewish law should be viewed as a set of general guidelines rather than as a set of restrictions and obligations whose observance is required of all Jews. Historically, special courts enforced Jewish law; today, these courts still exist but the practice of Judaism is mostly voluntary. Authority on theological and legal matters is not vested in any one person or organization, but in the sacred texts and rabbis and scholars who interpret them.