- 1 Why is the Torah important in a synagogue?
- 2 How is the Torah used in the synagogue?
- 3 Why is the synagogue important?
- 4 What set of synagogue features are to do with the Torah scrolls?
- 5 What do Jews believe about God?
- 6 What is the most important part of the synagogue and why?
- 7 What is the Torah cover called?
- 8 What happens to the Torah during services?
- 9 What is the person who reads the Torah called?
- 10 Why are there no pictures of God in a synagogue?
- 11 Why do Jews worship together?
- 12 How is the Sefer Torah respected?
- 13 What are the two types of synagogue?
- 14 What does the Star of David stand for?
Why is the Torah important in a synagogue?
It teaches Jews about God and gives rules on how they should live their lives. For reading in the synagogue, the Torah is written on a scroll. In the synagogue when they are not being read, they are kept in the Ark which is the most important place in the synagogue. The Torah scroll has special coverings and ornaments.
How is the Torah used in the synagogue?
How is the Torah used? The Torah scrolls are taken out from the Ark (Aron ha kodesh) and portions read in the synagogue three times each week. On Mondays and Thursdays small sections are read. The main reading is on the morning of Shabbat (Sabbath).
Why is the synagogue important?
The synagogue is the central point for life as a Jewish community- it is where many rites of passages take place. It is important as a place of study e.g. it is where a young boy/girl will learn Hebrew and study the Torah in preparation for their bar/bat mitzvahs.
What set of synagogue features are to do with the Torah scrolls?
The Ark. The Ark is a central element of the synagogue as it contains the Torah scrolls.
What do Jews believe about God?
Jewish people believe there’s only one God who has established a covenant—or special agreement—with them. Their God communicates to believers through prophets and rewards good deeds while also punishing evil. Most Jews (with the exception of a few groups) believe that their Messiah hasn’t yet come—but will one day.
What is the most important part of the synagogue and why?
The Aron Hakodesh, often known as the ark, is the most important place inside all synagogues. The Aron Hakodesh is where the Torah scroll is kept. The ark is usually wooden and has the features of a cupboard, and will often have a curtain or door.
What is the Torah cover called?
In the Mizrachi and Romaniote traditions, the Torah scroll is generally not robed in a mantle, but rather housed in an ornamental wooden case which protects the scroll, called a “tik”, plural tikim.
What happens to the Torah during services?
At the proper moment in the service the Ark is ceremonially opened, and the Torah scroll is carried in procession to the reading desk, unrolled to the reading chosen for the day and laid on the reading desk. It is normal for everyone to stand whenever the doors of the ark are open.
What is the person who reads the Torah called?
There are always at least three olim (people called to read the Torah) unless a Kohen is present and no Levite is present, in which case the Kohen is called for the first and second reading: Initially, the Torah was read on the Sabbath or special occasions by the king, a prophet, or a kohen.
Why are there no pictures of God in a synagogue?
The term ‘idolatry’ means to worship an image or a created object, and this is considered a major sin in Judaism. For this reason, God will not be represented in any art form and you will not see images or statues of God in any synagogues or Jewish places of worship as you would in other religions.
Why do Jews worship together?
Public worship is very important to Jews for many reasons: it gives Jews an opportunity to listen to and reflect on readings from the Torah and the rest of the Tenakh. it unites the Jewish community. it allows Jews to show love to God, which is a requirement of the Torah.
How is the Sefer Torah respected?
The Sefer Torah is the Torah scroll, which are is handwritten by a specially trained scribe onto vellum (a prepared animal skin). This is treated with the utmost respect. It is an honour to be asked to read from it at a service in the synagogue, and importantly no one is allowed to touch it with their bare hands.
What are the two types of synagogue?
Orthodox and Reform synagogues
- There are certain differences between Orthodox and Reform synagogues.
- Traditionally, men and women were separated during worship in the synagogue.
- In Orthodox synagogues, men and women are still separated and will sit in different parts of the synagogue for the service.
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.