Asked in Judaism
Is someone Jewish if they have never been in a synagogue?
November 09, 2010 8:25PM
A person is Jewish if the person's mother is Jewish. No matter what the person
has ever done or not done, where the person has ever been or not been, and
no matter whether the person even knows or cares about it.
Asked in Judaism
Why is a synagogue called a synagogue?
Synagogue comes from a Greek word meaning "assembly," and may have come about in ancient times and been influenced by the Hebrew term בית כנסת, meaning "house of assembly." Other Hebrew names for a synagogue include בית תפילה (house of prayer), שול (shul, or school) and אסנוגה (esnoga, a Sephardic Jewish term).
Asked in History of Judaism
What were the circumstances for the establishment of the synagogue as a Jewish establishment?
Originally, the Jewish religion had a temple in Jerusalem, but that temple was destroyed (twice) and only one wall remains (or is believed to remain, if the Western Wall has been correctly identified). The Jewish religion does not allow for other temples, only the one temple, however it does allow for places of instruction in Judaism, hence the creation of the shul (meaning school) or synagogue. That is how it came about.
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Asked in Judaism, Human Anatomy and Physiology
Why was the Jewish Bible Rewritten but why did they not keep one side Jewish and one side English was do they alternate things for what cause?
Asked in Saints
Was Saint Anne a member of her religious community?
Asked in Judaism
Who can lead worship in the synagogue?
Any Jewish male over the age of twelve years, without a really gross physical deformity or a non-Jewish spouse. Two ideas to notice: 1). Nothing in the synagogue worship requires a rabbi. 2). The leader is not required to have been "bar-mitzvahed" if you'll pardon the expression, but only to be of a mature age, i.e. 13 or older.
Asked in Judaism, Death and Dying
What is the Jewish prayer for death?
There is no Jewish "prayer for death". Relatives of the deceased recite a brief prayer during the synagogue service, known as "Kaddish". Death is never mentioned in this prayer. It is an extended praise of the Creator and the greatness of his name. It has been suggested that none feels the loss of any person more intensely than the Creator, and the purpose of the Kaddish is to console Him on the loss of one of his precious creations.
Asked in Judaism, The Difference Between
What are some differences between the temple an the synagogue?
I've never been inside a synagogue but I know the temple was a permanent building, the tabernacle was the same design but portable and was used as the Jewish people traveled from Egypt to Canaan. The details are in the book of Exodus. Outside was an alter of sacrifice; the most important part of the whole structure was the inner most room called the Holy of Holies with walls of beaten gold and the only thing in there was the ark of the covenant. A synagogue does not have those parts. Synagogues are the post Temple places of worship, gathering, and study for Jews.
Asked in Judaism, Anne Frank
How did being Jewish affect Anne Frank's life?
Very good question . Anne frank was a Jew, but she has never looked like that, she has never been religious, she behaved like all the local people and of course her name is not a Jewish name. they never prayed or ate kosher. The only clue of Judaism of this family was their identity card and probably their friends knew about that . I just want to mention that Anne's mom was the closer one to religion, she wasn't very close, but she asked from Anne a couple of times to go to the synagogue, pray sometimes, and celebrate some Jewish holidays, and they were hiding, they were closer to the religion, in mental things .
Asked in Judaism
The oldest synagogue is what today?
(check at bottom for Europe)The oldest synagogue to have been securely dated is the Jericho Synagogue at Wadi Qelt, near Jericho, which dates to around 70 BCE (BC). Evidence of even older synagogues, in the form of dedication tablets, comes from Egypt and proves that synagogues were in use there in the 3rd Century BCE. The oldest synagogue still in use is the Alyenau Shul in Prague, built in 1270. An earlier synagogue, built in Erfurt, Germany in about 1100, is currently being renovated to serve as a museum and has not been in use as a synagogue for a great many years. The Ancient Synagogue of Barcelona dates from the 4th Century CE (AD) but it is not certain that the building was definitely a synagogue in those times - it currently houses a synagogue and a museum. An even earlier synagogue, dating to the 1st Centruy CE, has been discovered by archaeologists at Ostia Antica, a Roman port near Rome. In Britain, Bevis Marks Synagogue in London is the oldest to have been continually in use a synagogue and dates from 1769. A house in Lincoln, dating to the 17th Century, is thought to have been used as a synagogue and stands on the site of a much earlier building also thought to have been a synagogue and is connected with the notorious Hugh of Lincoln blood libel case in the 12th Century. The building next to Jew's Court, known as Jew's House, is believed to be the oldest domestic building in the United Kingdom. In the USA, the Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island, was built between 1759 and 1763 and as such is the only North American synagogue to date from the colonial era. (Staronová is the oldest surviving Synagogue in Europe.)