Chavurah Masarti

Lynchburg, VA                  Founded on 2 Cheshvan, 5766 

House of Prayer

INTRODUCTION

JEWISH PRAYER RITUAL

RITUAL APPAREL

A GUIDE FOR LEADERS

CHAVURAH MINHAG (CUSTOM)

KABBALAT SHABBAT TRANSLITERATIONS

TRANSLITERATIONS FOR EASY PRINTING

GABBAI'S MANUAL

MISCELLANEOUS

 Jewish prayer can be approached and experienced in a variety of ways.  In its most traditional sense, prayer is an opportunity for people to converse with God.  For many of us, however, this meaning of prayer is either incomplete or inapplicable, and yet the activity of prayer still has great value.  This is because Jewish prayer is effective on many levels.  Prayer creates a common experience and thus binds our community together.  Prayer allows us to have contact with our history and to link ourselves to countless generations of our people.  Prayer offers an aesthetic experience with emersion in a unique liturgy.  Prayer allows us to commune with our thoughts and to intellectually contemplate spiritual questions-- who am I, why am I here, how do I fit in with something much bigger than myself?  Prayer can also be meditative.  It can create a space that is distinct from the rest of the world and in which a regenerative transformation takes place without the intellectual consideration of the content of the prayer itself.  Achieving any of these goals depends upon a commitment to the specific language and ritual of Jewish prayer.  Therefore, all of these approaches to prayer are improved when the people involved are comfortable with the content and choreography of the prayer service.  We should talk about our prayer when we are preparing for it.  When we are actually doing our prayer, we should do it.  The information provided on this page is designed to help each one of us learn to prayer more fluidly and effectively, no matter which approach to prayer we individually adopt. 

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GABBAI'S MANUAL:

A brief article on Aliyah etiquette

An excellent Gabbai's Guidebook

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MISCELLANEOUS:

MINYANIM: A list of orthodox services around the world.

NUSACH: The Virtual Cantor is a great place to review prayer tunes.  Siddur Audio also provides chanted versions of many services.  Ellie's Torah Trope Tutor  site will help with learning to lein (chant) Torah and Haftarah.  Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, MA has created this trope lessons page

SUKKOTBasic information, Lulav and Etrog

TEFFILLIN: Just in case you've forgotten how to lay Teffillin

ZMANIM (Prayer Times): Check here to see if it is too late for the morning Shema.

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