Defining Our Terms
by Judith T. Fox
Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please fcontact the Director of Congregational Learning, at 860-233-2774,
Eretz Yisrael -
The Land of Israel.
The evening before. All Jewish holidays, including Shabbat, begin at sundown the evening before the holiday.
A citron - a fruit similar to lemon used with the Lulav during the holiday of Succot.
Etz Hayim -
Literally “tree of life.” The name of the Humash (book containing all the books of the Torah) that we use at The Emanuel Synagogue.