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History of the Siddur

In ancient times, customary daily prayers were recited by heart, or a reader prayed aloud and the congregation responded to the blessings with “Amen”. There

The Siddur (Jewish Prayer Book)

A siddur is the Jewish prayer book containing prayers according to the order of the Jewish calendar. It is the instrument of synagogue worship and

Gemara

When you look at a page of the Talmud today, you will find the Hebrew text of the Mishnah is featured in the middle of

Talmud

Until the 2nd century C.E., the Oral Torah was passed down in verbal form alone. In the years following the destruction of the Second Temple

Mishnah

At Mount Sinai the Jewish people received the Written Torah and the Oral Torah. The Oral Torah was the oral explanation of how the (rather

Midrash

The ‘Midrash’ is a generic term for a group of approximately 60 collections of rabbinic commentaries, stories, metaphors and ethical essays arranged around the books

Tanach (Jewish Bible)

  The Tanach תנ”ך is the Hebrew Bible. We are told that the Tanach contains all the variety of life itself. Its books touch on

Parshah (Weekly Torah Portion)

Parshat haShavua – the Weekly Torah Portion The Torah, the Five Books of Moses, is read in synagogue each week and over the course of

Torah

The Torah is a sacred book of stories, history and law. It is the word of God, given with love and for all eternity. Torah

Jewish Texts

In this section of our website you will find information about a range of Jewish texts, ranging from the Torah and Tanach (Bible), to rabbinic

Kashrut (Keeping Kosher)

All laws related to Kashrut belong to the ‘laws of obedience’ (which are laws that require us to do something). The Hebrew word ‘kasher’ means

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