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The synagogue and the home.

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The synagogue and the home 1. Describe how a Jew might worship G-d in the home There are many ways in which a Jew can worship G-d in the home. One is by saying the Shema at night and Modeh Ani in the morning. By saying these prayers you are performing Mitzvot. The Shema is said at night for three reasons. The first is that if you were to die then the last thing that you would have done is a Mitzvot. Another reason is for protection and the third is for forgiveness. The reason why we say Modeh Ani in the morning is that it is thanking G-d for not letting us die during the night. It is also a mitzvah and so our day starts with a mitzvah and ends with one. There are other ways in which we worship G-d in the home. One of these is by saying Brachot both before various foods and after as well. ...read more.

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One of the most important mitzvot that we can do to worship G-d is to keep kosher. The separation of meat and milk that is necessary in order to keep kosher can be both difficult and expensive; nevertheless it shows how much a Jewish person can respect G-d and worship him. 2. Explain how keeping the Jewish food laws might affect the life of a Jew The Jewish food laws are very important in Judaism. Kashrut is one of the most important mitzvot that a Jewish person can do. Since the laws of Kashrut require separation of meat and milk there must be two sets of all crockery, cutlery and other cooking utensils, one for meat and one for milk. Jewish dietary laws are very complicated as well. There are laws for how to kill animals, laws as to what animals, birds and fish can be eaten. By keeping all these laws the life of a Jew can be affected in many ways. ...read more.

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From the point of prayer the synagogue is not necessary and if you want to pray in private then the home could be more important than the synagogue. People believe that the home is more important than the synagogue because the home is where you learn a lot about Judaism, about keeping kosher, lighting candles on Friday night and other such mitzvot. Some however feel that the synagogue is much more important than the home not just for communal prayer but also for socialising and being part of the Jewish community. The communal activities are important and a big part of the use of the synagogue so therefore the synagogue could be more important than the home. Another reason why the synagogue could be more important than the home is that at the synagogue you learn how to pray and other information about prayer. I think that both the home and the synagogue are equally important because they are both useful for different reasons. Georgina Diamond ...read more.

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