Category Archives: Prayers and Rituals

Get Ready for Sukkot

Right after Yom Kippur we start building our Sukkah! Sukkoth begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, which is 5 days after Yom Kippur.

The festival of Sukkot, also known as Chag’ha Succot, the “Feast of Booths” … Continue reading

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White for Yom Kippur

A link to the question of the week – why wear white and sneakers on Yom Kippur.  

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Havdalah

Havdalah is a ceremony to mark the end of Shabbat! The name havdalah comes from the Hebrew word l’havdeel, which means to distinguish or separate. Havdalah is a ceremony that separates the Sabbath day and the secular work week. It is … Continue reading

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Hagbah

Some people point their little finger at the Torah when it is held up after reading so the whole congregation can see. One explaination of this tradition is: Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita,gave the following explanation: The Torah lists the … Continue reading

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The Torah Service

The Torah Service – Bar/Bat Mitzvah   The Bar (son) or Bat (daughter) Mitzvah (B’nei = children) reads directly from Torah as part of the ceremony to become a responsible member of the community. The Torah service: TORAH SERVICE THE … Continue reading

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Blessings for Various Occasions

On seeing Lightning and other natural wonders Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam oseh ma’aseh vereshit. We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Source of creation and its wonders. Upon recovery from serious illness or upon escape from … Continue reading

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The Shema

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. Hear Oh Israel, Adonai our God, Adonai is One. “The watchword of our faith” transcends the literal translation to become an all encompassing prayer of spirituality, comfort, hope and gratitude. The V’ahavta reminds us … Continue reading

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The Shema

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. Hear Oh Israel, Adonai our God, Adonai is One. “The watchword of our faith” transcends the literal translation to become an all encompassing prayer of spirituality, comfort, hope and gratitude. The V’ahavta reminds us … Continue reading

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Tallit-Tzitzit Tying Ceremony

We make our own tallit, by first selecting a favorite fabric. We have the Atara embroidered or specially decorated. The night before the mitzva event, we have a gathering where all the close friends and relatives help tie the Tzitzit … Continue reading

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The Shabbat Service

The Sabbath Service Friday Night   The Service begins in song. Everyone is encouraged to join in the songs… most of the words are transliterated in the prayer book. BARECHU The beginning prayer to set the mood.  The leader asks … Continue reading

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