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What would you find inside a synagogue?

What would you find inside a synagogue?

A typical synagogue contains an ark (where the scrolls of the Law are kept), an “eternal light” burning before the ark, two candelabra, pews, and a raised platform (bimah), from which scriptural passages are read and from which, often, services are conducted.

What are the sacred objects of Judaism?

The most important ceremonial object is the Torah scroll, the Pentatuch, which retells the history of the Jewish people and carries universal messages of monotheism and ethical behavior. It is kept in the Ark at all times save for public reading.

How old is Temple Mount?

The Dome was completed in 692 CE, making it one of the oldest extant Islamic structures in the world. The Al Aqsa Mosque rests on the far southern side of the Mount, facing Mecca.

Was Solomon’s Temple ever found?

In Jewish history this time is known as the First Temple period, and begins at around 1,000BC. What evidence is there that the Temple of Solomon existed? The only evidence is the Bible. There are no other records describing it, and to date there has been no archaeological evidence of the Temple at all.

Do you have to be a Jew to go to synagogue?

Contrary to popular belief, Jewish education does not end at the age of bar mitzvah. For the observant Jew, the study of sacred texts is a life-long task. Thus, a synagogue normally has a well-stocked library of sacred Jewish texts for members of the community to study. It is also the place where children receive their basic religious education.

What’s the best thing to do in a synagogue?

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Why are there so many Jews in synagogues?

This was because the Jewish community had grown so much that the small synagogue, built to serve a regular congregation of 50, had over 200 Jews attending those services, and was hard pressed to seat them all. There simply wasn’t room for people who didn’t need to be there.

What are the objects found in a synagogue?

Kodesh libraries are libraries where the “sidur” is placed along with other holy books the synagogue owns. Aron Kodesh — holy ark, where you keep the Torah scrolls. A sink for Cohanim to wash hands. A bima — a platform to read the Torah from. A stand in the front for the shatz/chazan. Benches or chairs. Mechitza and woman’s section.

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