I have always been intrigued by the Jewish religion, and I was not disappointed. I was amazed how non-Jews were welcomed to attend services at the temple. The congregation welcomed me with open arms, aware that I was a non-Jew who was joining a friend and came to the synagogue out of a genuine curiosity about the religion, as well as an interested in the service. The first lesson I received from Ariel was what to call the name of the establishment in which the service was held. Ariel gave me a quick lesson on the breakdown of what each sect refer to each house of worship. The Orthodox and Chasidim sect use the word shul, which is Yiddish meaning school. They emphasize that the role of the house of worship is more of a place of study. While, c...
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...re read. The bimah was also used as a podium for leading services.
In all, it was a majestic and beautiful service that was steep in history and opened my eyes to the Jewish religion. I honestly do not think I would have experienced something of this magnitude on my own. This project opened my eyes to something that I had always been interested in but never thought I would have done. I saw many similarities between the Jewish and Catholic religion but also how vastly different these two religions were. I learned many terms that were at times difficult to pronounce but had a rich history behind. Ariel invited me back anytime I wished to join in the service and now after this project, I find myself wanting to participate more in understanding his religion. I feel learning about another religion can really give you an appreciation for whatever religion you follow.
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