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  1. Synagogue & Collective worship

    The way they are prepared, treated and kept is also very important. They are kept inside silk or velvet covers and decorative crowns are placed on top. Bells can be attached so they are heard when the torah is carried around. It is considered a great honour to read from the torah and is very special, they use an instrument called a Yad to prevent the scroll getting dirty. At 13 a Jewish boy will be called to read from the torah, as the torah is taken to the Bimah, man will lean forward and touch it with their tassels on their prayer shawls.

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  2. The Jewish home is more important in sustaining Judaism than the synangogue. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer

    Its not just a Rabbi you could go to, to seek advice, there is a number of people who you could talk to or who could talk to you or who could educate you in certain matters. A further reason is because the synagogue has more features and objects, for example the Torah Scrolls, the holyest item in the synagogue, they contain the words of God. The torah scrolls are stored in the ark which most people would'nt have at home, the ark faces in the direction of the ancient temple in Jerusualam.

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  3. Worship and Sunday

    The law of no work was interpreted literally by the Pharisees, which means separate from others. They were fundamentalists and extremely orthodox, so if something was commanded in the Torah, which was central to Jewish belief, then that is how they practised it. So, ensure that the rule of the Sabbath was protected a 'fence around the law' was created. This being 513 points of law, 39 of which specifically defined work in relation to the Sabbath. These laws included things like how many words could be written, how far a person could walk, whether a person could be assisted when in need.

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  4. Jewish View on Euthanasia

    .+-d therefore should be cherished and respected in level with its absolute value. A life should be savoured above everything apart from one thing - G-d. The sacred value of a life is provided by God and he is the only one who can take it away at any time, of his own analysed choice. Furthermore, in this case euthanasia interferes with G-ds authority over his own creations. Jews believe that as humans we should not have the right to in essence ?play G-d? meaning he is the only one who fully decide when a life should be terminated.

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  5. Judaism Beliefs and Values a. Define Shekinah. b. Do you agree that the Decalogue is still relevant today?

    Through this commandment the Decalogue promotes the importance of marriage by prohibiting sex between a married woman and a man who was not her husband. Again the seriousness of this commandment is stated elsewhere in the Pentateuch: ?if a man commits adultery with another man?s wife- with the wife of his neighbour- both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death? (Leviticus 20:10). 1. Abraham is regarded by Jews as the first Patriarch of the Jewish people. Abraham was the first person to teach the idea that there was only one God; before then people believed in many Gods.

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  6. What are the key elements of Shabbat?

    (Genesis 20: 8-10). As a response to Gods word from Genesis, Shabbat is respected and practised weekly. It symbolises the seventh day on which God rested after the creation of the earth, and allows Jews to reflect and be thankful for our livelihood, health, children and happiness. As it is recognised as the day of rest, his followers are commanded to respite and spend time involved in spiritual activates such as praying, studying and praising God. (Silberberg) Shabbat is a period of rest and reflection celebrated from sundown on Friday night to sunset on Saturday, which has numerous ceremonies to sanctify and mark the event.

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