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,
The evening service.
Mazal Tov -
Good luck – usually said when we mean “congratulations!”
The afternoon service.
(pl. Minyanim) – The 10 Jews that form the quorum required for a full prayer service.
(pl. Mitzvot) – Those things which God commands us, as Jews, to do.
The B’rachah thanking God for bread.
An additional service added on Shabbat and holidays.