you're reading...
Hebraic heritage, Latino sephardic heritage

The synagogue in shabbat, both structured and unstructured

There are all kinds of synagogues, of different denominations, serving people from different parts of the world (the Yemenite tradition is unsurprisingly nothing like the Polish tradition or the Moroccan tradition, Latino-style Conservative,  sephardic-style Conservative,  Contemporary Judaic Fellowship and so on, and each community has its own synagogue). In Orthodox synagogues there is a separate section for women we with agree but  what is not Torah based  is  that  in most Orthodox synagogues the women are demeaningly hidden away upstairs or behind a screen where they cannot see anything.

You cannot take photos in a synagogue on Shabbat, and likewise refrain from doing the other things I mentioned above . You should know that is disrupting and direspectful. We do encourage the use of tecnology. Is not Torah based to be insensitive and careless of others tha are in hospital or chain to a wheelchair or else. Some congregants are old , sick , in a distance or disadvantage  and  TV or internet are their only way to be in touch.   Orthodox  observant don’t use it because they see them as a corrupting influence, but they certainly use cellphone technology and the like.??

S hould we reject all modern technology?  Please stop the nonsense. You are not breaking any commadment . Man-made law is different than Torah or biblical based instructions.  The same goes with the music. The L-rd deserves to be praise in a magnificient , solemn and  joyous way.  So you listen to  certain secular music the whole  week and when attending the shabbat service or  the house of the L-rd it is  going to be all silent?  What about  Jehoshaphat, or Josaphat,   King of Judah?   What about David? they both were great musicians and certain in ancient Israel and through the Bible you can see that music is a great part and heritage of Jewish people.

What kind of example are we giving?  in Shabbat you should sing ,  listen and dance  to religious and spiritual music that bless His Name.  Music was always a part of the people, but it took on new significance with the construction of the Temple at Jerusalem. From the moment that King David “danced with all his strength,” in front of the Holy Ark as it entered Jerusalem, all religious ceremonies would be accompanied by music.

Music is central to the religious experience, indeed to the human experience, and there is no book more full of music than the Torah. If nothing else, the fact that the Torah is publically chanted, not simply read in a narrative fashion, should indicate the centrality of music as a form of deeper communication. Every word in the entire Biblical set of books has a musical note, called a “trope,” attached to it.

Within the Biblical period itself, we find song to be the language of choice at the most dramatic moments. “Thus sang Moses and the Children of Israel,” after the crossing of the Reed Sea. Later, we have the Song of The Well in Numbers, the Song of Devorah in Judges and the Song of David in Kings. These songs are outpourings of joy and gratitude to God after the manifestation of His miracles and deliverance.  The function of music in Judaism is to inspire man,  sort of  imitating angels, which praise the L-ord constantly and we must use all the tools that we have, both in vocal talent and in creativity.


About Orekh Schriftsteller

Orekh Schriftsteller. It is the online pen-name of author and Managing Director of DM Enterprises.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 134 other followers


Blog Stats

  • 982,706 hits
%d bloggers like this: