#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter R

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R is for Rabbi:

The rabbi is part of the synagogue staff… The hebrew word “Rab” means master and the hebrew word “Rabbi” means my master. A rabbi is a jewish scholar or teacher, or a person appointed as a jewish leader.

While it is not mandatory for a rabbi to be present for a jewish service to be held, the rabbi does hold a crucial role. The rabbi, when present, often leads the services and, with in the last century, it has become customary for them to deliver the Shabbat sermon. They also officiate at certain jewish rites of passage (such as the Brit Milah and the Bar Mitzvah).

In the past, only men could be ordained as a rabbi; However, since the 1970’s, women have now begun to be ordained within non-orthodox circles. In orthodox circles, the seminaries still only accept men.

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#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter Q

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Q is for Quorum:

In general the word Quorum refers to the minimum number of people needed at a meeting in order for the proceedings of said meeting to be valid.

In judaism a quorum for public prayer is called a Minyan and consists of 10 males above the age of Bar Mitzvah. In cases where there are only 9 such men available, a single boy under the age of Bar Mitzvah can be used (though the validity of this is often under debate). The boy should be above the age of 9 and should at least understand the importance of his place and the fact that he is blessing G-d.

In situations of judgement a minimum quorum of 3 is necessary and must be an odd number this is to break a tie. Grace after meals is also done with a quorum of 3 (called a Mezuman).

#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter P

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P is for Prayer:

There are 3 daily prayer services

  1. Morning or Sacharit
  2. Afternoon or Mincha
  3. Evening or Ma’ariv

These are done either in the synagogue or at home.

Formally, prayers are done standing however as synagogue services got longer only the more important prayers were recited standing up…. Some authorities maintain that prayers that were studied in academies of learning should be recited sitting down as this is the normal position for studying and learning.

Some common prayers are:

  • the Shema
  • Adon Olam
  • the Amida
  • Alenu
  • Barchu

These are some that I grew up learning and am most familiar with.

Tuesday Chatter – April 17, 2018

Have I mentioned the fun we were having getting the car through DEQ?? Ohh my gosh what an experience. Thought it was never gonna pass but it has – what a relief.

On to somewhat better news…. Yesterday, my son did another belt test. Don’t know yet how he did but he is much improved.

I’m still working on the process of getting everything done so I can start taking classes in the fall. I have another meeting with a career/guidance counselor a week from Wednesday. Hopefully I can finalize on whether I want to try for the HIT (Health Info Technology) certificate/degree or go the more Clerical/Administrative Assistant route.

Joining Eugenia for this week Tuesday Chatter.

#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter O

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O is for Oneg Shabbat

Literally – Shabbat Delight.

Oneg is a festive gathering usually done after the Friday night or Saturday afternoon service. It is time of music, food, games, and generally lots of fun.

The origin of Oneg Shabbat takes it route in 1924 when Chaim Nachman Bialik, the poet laureate of the Jewish people, first held one in his home in Tel-Aviv.