Aleinu | My Jewish Learning
The Aleinu is a short prayer that concludes daily Jewish prayer services. Its two paragraphs express both particularistic and universalistic themes, and it is customary to bow during the first paragraph while saying, “We bend the knee and bow.”
Despite Christian opposition, Aleinu grew in popularity among medieval Jews. Joseph Ha-Kohen describes the persecution of the Jews of Blois in The Vale of Tears, a 16th-century martyrology. Martyrdom was accompanied by a solemn song resounding through the stillness of night.
Why is the Aleinu prayer important?
The Aleinu is the final prayer, which emphasizes the importance of praising God and the hope that one day all people will be united in service to God.
Why do we say Aleinu?
Aleinu (Hebrew:, “it is our duty”) or Aleinu leshabei’ach (Hebrew: “[it is] our duty to praise [God”), which means “it is incumbent upon us” or “it is our obligation or duty to praise God,” is a Jewish prayer found in the siddur, the traditional Jewish prayerbook.
Who composed Aleinu?
Although scholars today recognize that the line in question was an interpolation, added several centuries later (probably by someone influenced by R. Judah He-Hasid’s statement), scholars today recognize that the line in question was an interpolation, added several centuries later (probably by someone influenced by R. Judah He-Hasid’s statement).
Why is amidah important for Jews?
The Amidah is another important prayer in Judaism, and it is the central prayer used in worship services. It is also known as the’standing prayer,’ because it is always recited while standing and facing Jerusalem. It consists of 19 blessings, which can be divided into three sections: praising God, praising God, and praising God.
What is the Chatzi Kaddish?
A prayer recited in daily synagogue services and by mourners after the death of a close relative in Judaism.
What is the meaning of Adon Olam?
Since the 15th century, Adon Olam (Hebrew: ; “Eternal Lord” or “Sovereign of the Universe”) has been a regular part of the daily and Shabbat (Sabbath) liturgy in the Jewish liturgy.
What is Shabbat Kiddush?
Kiddush (/kd/; Hebrew: [ki’du, qid’du]), literally “sanctification,” is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Shabbat and Jewish holidays, as well as a small repast held after the prayer services and before the meal on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
What is a Haftarah portion?
A series of selections from the books of Nevi’im (“Prophets”) of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) that is publicly read in synagogue as part of Jewish religious practice is known as haphtara (Hebrew: ; “parting,” “taking leave”), (plural form: haftarot or haftoros).