Recognizing that going to synagogue for the first time can be a challenge, we offer you our booklet, What To Expect At A Synagogue. In it, you will find an overview of what Shabbat is, and how it is celebrated in synagogues. Language is explained, the prayer services are broken down, and many common questions are answered.
Mishkan is a social and spiritual community in Chicago reclaiming Judaism's progressive edge and ecstatic spirit. We believe Judaism is a vehicle for bringing more goodness, more justice and more joy into the world. Mishkan is inspired, down-to-earth Judaism.
InterfaithFamily Shabbat is an opportunity for your synagogue or organization to join with other welcoming communities in a bold statement that we will continue to build an inclusive Jewish community in our local areas and across the country.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
The Shehecheyanu is a blessing said in thanks for life, for being sustained, and for letting us get to this holy moment. It is a blessing said over any new experience. Got a new pair of shoes? Say Shehecheyanu! Lost your first tooth? Shehecheyanu! First meal in a new home with your family? Shehecheyanu!
This is a popular tune for singing the Shehecheyanu blessing, written by Debbie Friedman:
The blessing can be translated a couple different ways, including:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and permitted us to reach this moment. [A translation that keeps to a traditional understanding of the Hebrew, from The Jewish Catalogue.]
Blessed be the Eternal One, Source of Life, Who has given us life, helped us to grow, and enabled us to reach this moment. [An alternative translation that tries to make the English feel more contemporary, from How to Raise a Jewish Child.]
Hebrew for "blessed are You [,my God]." Introductory words to many Jewish prayers.Hebrew for "Who has given us life," part of a blessing thanking God for bringing us to a special or new moment.A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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