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,
P'sukey D'Zimrah -
Introductory psalms chanted before Shacharit, the morning service.
The weekly Torah portion.
An eight day festival during the spring which celebrates the Jewish people’s liberation from bondage in Egypt.
poetry in praise of God from the biblical books of psalms
A one day holiday that joyfully celebrates the victory of the Persian Jewish community over the evil villain Haman.