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Aron haQodesh or simply Aron is an ornate cabinet that enshrines the sacred Torah scrolls
Bar/Bat Mitzwah According to Jewish law a boy/girl at the age of thirteen years become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and is responsible for his/her behaviour
Beit-haKneset Synagogue. Place of meeting, study and prayer, also called "scola", where are kept the manuscript scrolls of the Torah
Davening The prayer recitation that forms part of the observance of Judaism
Dvar Torah Word of Torah
haGomel Thanking God for Deliverance
Hanukka Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, observed by kindling the menorah
Hazan A cantor of a Synagogue
Kiddush Blessing of the wine with which it is used to sanctify the Jewish festivals
Mechitza A separé, in particular the one used to separate men from women
Menorah The nine-branched candelabrum
Minhag A type of liturgical rite, which denotes a set of liturgies, traditions, rules specific to certain communities of rabbinic Judaism of the Diaspora
Minyan The number ten males over the age of thirteen needed for public prayer and the public reading of the Torah
Rav Title attributed to many Orthodox rabbis
Rosh haShana New Year's Beginning. Its celebration is characterized by the blowing of the shofar
Seforim Testo giudaico
Shabbat Saturday, the most important Jewish celebration, as it reminds the rest of the Lord after the creation
Shofar A ram horn that is blown on Rosh ha-Shanah and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur
Sukkot Eight-day festival of the pilgrimage that begins just five days after Yom Kippur
Tefilla The declaration of feelings and desires that every Jew makes turned to God
Teva Sort of table at which the officiant recites the prayers in the synagogue
Torah The first five books of the Tanakh, also known by the Greek name of Pentateuch
Yom Kippur Jewish religious Feast which celebrates the day of the expiation