These are notes I took from when I interviewed a rabbi before synagogue Service ? warm up: familiar prayers ? get ready ? naming prayers ? standing prayer ? one on one with God ? closing prayers ? discussions about ethics Prayer ? God doesn't need to hear prayer, people do ? way of grounding ourselves in tradition and remind us of the aspects of life we want to pray about ? moment of weakness- we seek strength ? part of what informs the character and legacy of the Jewish people- even though not literally true it has spiritual truth Kosher ? no pork ? no meat and dairy mixed ? animal is kosher if it chews its cud and has split hooves ? the pig symbolizes hypocrisy and believing it is righteous even though it's not kosher on the inside ? Jehovah declared swine unclean (Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8) ? the camel isn't kosher either Life ? Talmud- all people are descended from a single person- taking a single life is like destroying the world ? only violate commandments if necessary to save a life Death ? natural process ? part of God's plan ? afterlife- world to come for the worthy ? mourning practices are extensive- not an expression of fear ? body laid on the floor and covered- candles are lit arond it ? the body is never left alone until the burial ? Kaddish- mourner's prayer
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