- 1 What can be seen inside a synagogue?
- 2 What is it like in a Jewish synagogue?
- 3 Are there pictures in the synagogue?
- 4 What rooms are in a synagogue?
- 5 What is a B not mitzvah?
- 6 What was the synagogue used for in Jesus time?
- 7 What can’t you do on Shabbat?
- 8 What is a yamaka worn for?
- 9 What does the Star of David stand for?
What can be seen inside a synagogue?
Internal features of a synagogue
- Ner Tamid. The Ner Tamid is situated at the front of the synagogue above the ark.
- The bimah. The word bimah refers to the raised platform found in the synagogue where the Torah is read and where some services are delivered.
- The Ten Commandments.
- Seating in the synagogue.
What is it like in a Jewish synagogue?
A synagogue is a place of worship, gathering and education about the Jewish faith. On the outside of the building there is a Star of David and often a menorah. The main prayers happen in the prayer hall, which is usually rectangular with seats on three sides facing inwards.
Are there pictures in the synagogue?
Key features of a synagogue There are no images of God or people in a synagogue, as the Ten Commandments forbid making and worshipping idols.
What rooms are in a synagogue?
Synagogues have a place for prayer (the main sanctuary) and may also have rooms for study, a social hall, and offices. Some have a separate room for Torah study, called the בית מדרש beth midrash, lit. “house of study”.
What is a B not mitzvah?
(B’not mitzvah is the plural of bat mitzvah and means that a group of girls or women is going through the rite. When more than one boy or a boy and a girl go through the ritual, it’s called b’nai mitzvah.)
What was the synagogue used for in Jesus time?
As the Gospels report, it was Jesus’s custom to attend synagogue gatherings on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16), and it was also the primary venue for his teaching and preaching activities outside of Jerusalem (Mark 1:38; Matt 4:23; Luke 4:14–15, 43–44; John 18:20).
What can’t you do on Shabbat?
In order to avoid work and to ensure that the Sabbath is special, all chores like shopping, cleaning, and cooking for the Sabbath must be finished before sunset on Friday.
What is a yamaka worn for?
Most Jews will cover their heads when praying, attending the synagogue or at a religious event or festival. Wearing a skullcap is seen as a sign of devoutness. Women also cover their heads by wearing a scarf or a hat. The most common reason (for covering the head) is a sign of respect and fear of God.
What does the Star of David stand for?
The star was almost universally adopted by Jews in the 19th-century as a striking and simple emblem of Judaism in imitation of the cross of Christianity. The yellow badge that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe invested the Star of David with a symbolism indicating martyrdom and heroism.