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Ever feel a bit uncomfortable or disoriented when going to a shul (synagogue)? Rabbi Zalman Goldstein gives us a sense of the basic items we can expect inside.
Practical Parshah—Terumah
Every synagogue is known as a “miniature sanctuary” (mikdash me’at). How does one show respect for a shul?
A virtual tour across five continents
Ancient Synagogues of Northern Israel
A history of synagogues in the Second Temple period in Northern Israel as presented by an archeologist who has excavated many of the sites of these synagogues.
The Chazzan
Most prayers are led by a member of the congregation who serves as chazzan or canter. The congregation follows the leader for the duration of the prayer service.
Once, after Rosh Hashanah prayers, the Alter Rebbe asked his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, “With what meditation did you pray this Rosh Hoshanah?” He replied, “With the verse, ‘All mankind shall prostrate themselves before You’.” Then the Mitteler Rebbe asked ...
Interpretations of archaeological, visual and textual evidence
Its History and Importance
An expert gives specific examples of amazing discoveries from the Cairo Genizah, a collection of almost 280,000 Jewish manuscript fragments found in the storeroom of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo in 1896.
How to perform the honor of opening the Ark before taking out the Torah.
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