​The Jewish Synagogue of Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom

explanatory Essay
1159 words
1159 words

The Jewish Synagogue of Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom is composed of Reformed and Conservative Jews. They believe in only one God and their most sacred text is called the Torah. Although their most important prophet is Moses, they also have other important individuals in their religion such as the prophets Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac. Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom is present in South Florida to invigorate its Jewish members with its spiritual needs and to support and connect its community. There was a countless number of eye popping decorations inside the Synagogue at Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom. The glass panels were all stained with various colors and symbols; the most prominent and prevalent piece of art was the Torah itself. You could also find the Torah in these glass panels which depicted luscious meadows covered with light blue glass-like skies. When turning towards the center of the room you could see a very beautiful and fiery design on two slide-able doors which I learned was called the Ark which held the Torah. The ark itself was surrounded by two large metal candles along with a smaller, yet similar, candle suspended above the Ark. In total there were about seven different Torahs inside the Ark which varied, not only in size, but also in decorations. Some Torahs seemed to be held by large gold plated bulbs while other Torahs seemed less sophisticated with lesser designs. There were multiple Torahs because, throughout time, some were donated and others were given to the Synagogue after merging with a different group.

The most bizarre aspect after walking into the Jewish service was the clothing being worn by most individuals. Most individuals were wearing a scarf-type piece of clothing as well as little round hats on their he...

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...t also with acceptance as one of their own, although I never wore a Tallit or Kippah. This was a very peculiar position since I have never been so accustomed to this sort of kindness. By the end of the Jewish service, not only did I respect and appreciate their faith much more, but, in a way, I began to grow a love for it as well. While I felt no negative feelings towards the service, the most positive aspect would, most definitely, be the warmth I felt from everyone inside the Synagogue and from the presentation of the building itself. At first glance, I was not able to fully appreciate the decorations in the room, but the longer I observed I began to realize each decoration represented something significant. Overall, if I learned anything important this day it is that one thing holds true: I can still appreciate ideas and concepts even if I do not agree with them.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the jewish synagogue of bet breira samu-el or olom is composed of reformed and conservative jews. they believe in only one god and their most sacred text is the torah.
  • Explains that the strangest aspect of the jewish service was the clothing being worn by most individuals. the coming-of-age ceremony is called bar and bat mitzvah.
  • Explains how the synagogue's rituals were performed. the presentation of honors is a ritual that is always conducted at every service.
  • Explains how the torah was walked around the synagogue in two separate occasions. each tallit had a special ritual garment attached to each corner called tzitzit. children held plush toy torahs.
  • Explains that there are many religious days in the jewish religion, including rosh hashanah, yom kippur, and passover.
  • Describes how they were skeptical about attending the synagogue, but grew to appreciate their faith and their connection to god.
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