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6 2 A GUIDE TO JEWISH

by Isaak Klein
6 2 A GUIDE TO JEWISH RELIGIOUS PRACTICE places the hands are washed before the Qiddush and the Qiddush is not con-sidered an interruption ( O. H. 271: 12). At the beginning of the Sabbath, the table should be covered with a tablecloth. Two Hallot are always used, corresponding to the לסם משנה , the double portion of manna that the children of Israel gathered on Fridays when they were in the desert ( Exod. 16: 22). The Hallot should be covered with an  appropriate cloth during the recitation of the Qiddush ( O. H. 271: 9). When reciting the Motsi, one should place both hands on the two Hal ״ lot, then lift them and slice one of them ( O. H. 274: 1). The Talmud already mentions that it was the custom during the Sabbath meal to speak דברי תורה at the table and to sing songs of praise ( B. Meg. 12b). It has become customary to sing ןמירות , special Sabbath hymns, and also to discuss sacred texts. We certainly should not allow any conversation that will mar the sacredness of the day ( O. H. 306, 307). At the conclusion of the meal ברכת המזון is recited with  the variations for the Sabbath. The introductory psalm is not Psalm 137,  which tells of the desolation of Zion, but Psalm 126,  which speaks of the restoration of Zion and is, therefore, more appropriate for a day of joy. Before ובנה ןרושלןם a special prayer for the Sabbath, לצה , is introduced ( B. Ber. 49a). The prayer concludes with the hope for the restoration of Zion and thus ובנה ןרושלןם makes a fitting sequel. Before the final הרןזמן , a special הרןחמן for the Sabbath is added. In the last הרחמן the word מגדול is substituted for . מגדיל 5. Late Friday Night Services Because of economic conditions and other factors in American life, it became difficult for most Jews to attend the Friday evening services at the prescribed time ( sundown). To salvage some sense of the sanctity of the Sab-bath and some awareness of this service, it became customary to hold Sab-bath services later in the evening. The late Friday night service has many merits. The most important, ob-viously, is that a large number of people are enabled to attend who otherwise would not have any chance to participate in the Sabbath evening service. It also provides an opportunity for instruction through a discourse or a sermon. Many people have formed the habit of setting aside Friday nights for services at the synagogue. Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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6 2 A GUIDE TO JEWISH RELIGIOUS PRACTICE places the hands are washed before the Qiddush and the Qiddush is not con-sidered an interruption ( O. H. 271: 12). At the beginning of the Sabbath, the table should be covered with a tablecloth. Two Hallot are always used, corresponding to the לסם משנה , the double portion of manna that the children of Israel gathered on Fridays when they were in the desert ( Exod. 16: 22). The Hallot should be covered with an appropriate cloth during the recitation of the Qiddush ( O. H. 271: 9). When reciting the Motsi, one should place both hands on the two Hal ״ lot, then lift them and slice one of them ( O. H. 274: 1). The Talmud already mentions that it was the custom during the Sabbath meal to speak דברי תורה at the table and to sing songs of praise ( B. Meg. 12b). It has become customary to sing ןמירות , special Sabbath hymns, and also to discuss sacred texts. We certainly should not allow any conversation that will mar the sacredness of the day ( O. H. 306, 307). At the conclusion of the meal ברכת המזון is recited with the variations for the Sabbath. The introductory psalm is not Psalm 137, which tells of the desolation of Zion, but Psalm 126, which speaks of the restoration of Zion and is, therefore, more appropriate for a day of joy. Before ובנה ןרושלןם a special prayer for the Sabbath, לצה , is introduced ( B. Ber. 49a). The prayer concludes with the hope for the restoration of Zion and thus ובנה ןרושלןם makes a fitting sequel. Before the final הרןזמן , a special הרןחמן for the Sabbath is added. In the last הרחמן the word מגדול is substituted for . מגדיל 5. Late Friday Night Services Because of economic conditions and other factors in American life, it became difficult for most Jews to attend the Friday evening services at the prescribed time ( sundown). To salvage some sense of the sanctity of the Sab-bath and some awareness of this service, it became customary to hold Sab-bath services later in the evening. The late Friday night service has many merits. The most important, ob-viously, is that a large number of people are enabled to attend who otherwise would not have any chance to participate in the Sabbath evening service. It also provides an opportunity for instruction through a discourse or a sermon. Many people have formed the habit of setting aside Friday nights for services at the synagogue. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index
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