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Acrostic: a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, or some other specific meaning
Abecedarian: of or pertaining to the alphabet; arranged in alphabetical order.
A blessing is on them that are undefiled in the way;
and walk in the law of Jehovah;
A blessing is on them that keep his testimonies,
and seek him with their whole heart;
Also on them that do no wickedness,
but walk in his ways.
A law hast thou given unto us,
that we should diligently keep thy commandments.
Ah, Lord! that my ways were so directed
that I might keep thy statutes!
And then shall I not be confounded,
while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
As for me, I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart,
when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
An eye will I have unto thy statutes:
O forsake me not utterly.
A Shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, incorporated in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.
Yom Kippur means Day of Atonement, and is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for Jews. Central themes are atonement and repentance and traditional observance incorporates a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”).
Pirkei Avot translates as Chapters of the Fathers and is a compilation of the ethical teachings and maxims of the Rabbis of the Mishnaic period. Also known as Ethics of the Fathers.
Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisrael or just Shema) “Hear, Israel” are the first two words of a section of the Torah and is a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services.
The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism:
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one
The Shema is the most important part of the prayer service and is recited twice a day as a mitzvah or religious commandment. It is traditional for Jews to say the Shema as their last words, and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.
The term Shema is used also to refer to the whole of the daily prayers that commence with Shema Yisrael.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the Lord’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.”
These sections of the Torah are read in the weekly Torah portions Va’etchanan, Eikev, and Shlach, respectively.
brit milah (bris milôh,or bris) meaning “covenant of circumcision”, a Jewish religious circumcision ceremony performed on 8-day-old male infants by a mohel (a person trained to do circumcisions). The brit milah is followed by a celebratory meal (seudat mitzvah).
Uva Letzion, “and a redeemer shall come to Zion”, are the Hebrew opening words, and colloquially the name, of the closing prayer of the weekday morning service, before which one should not leave the synagogue.
Tzidkatcha, “Your righteousness”, is a prayer consisting of group of three verses that is recited during the afternoon prayer on Shabbat. It is said in memory of three righteous individuals who died on Shabbat: Joseph, Moses and King David. It is recited at this prayer in particular because these individuals died in the afternoon.
Psalm 119 contains multiple themes and key words:
Hebrew to English: