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Foundations of Judaism

Foundations of Judaism (Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM): A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, focusing on many of the ritual, legal, and philosophical basics of our faith. 

Suggested Bibliography (Continually Updated)

Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith: Original Treatise,
Paraphrased (Ani Maamin)Chart, Liturgical Summary (Yigdal)

Hebrew Reading
Pronunciation of ConsonantsPronunciation of Vowels
Vowelization Chart

Shabbat Observance
Biblical Sources
Shabbat Mitzvot
39 Melachot (Prohibited Activities)
39 Melachot Cheat Sheet
Shabbat Study Questions
Video of Munkatcher Rebbe (1933)

Kashrut (Dietary Laws)

Kashrut Questions, Reasons for Kashrut, Biblical Sources, Chart



Structure of Prayer: Weekday PrayerShabbat PrayerAmidah Structure, Amidah Cheat Sheet

Blessings: Definition, Four Types, Before Pleasure, Stimulus-Response (Koren), Stimulus Response (Artscroll)

Liturgy Reading/Singing

   Upon Waking (Modeh/Modah Ani) - Text, Audio
   Blessing on Hand-washing (Netillat Yadayim) - Text/Procedure, Audio
   Post-Bathroom Blessing (Asher Yatzar) - Text, Audio
   Blessings on Torah (Birkhot haTorah) - Text, Audio
   Identity/Appreciation Blessings (Birkhot haShachar) - Text, Audio 
   Shema Paragraph 1 - Text, Reading Audio, Cantillation Audio
   Amida Paragraphs 1-2 - Text, Audio (Weekday)
   Shalom Aleichem - Text, Classic Tune (Israel Goldfarb), Sixth Street Tune (Michael Shapiro), Shlomo Carlebach Tune
   Eishet Chayil - Text, Classic Tune (Benzion Shenker)
   Friday Night Kiddush - Text, Audio (Nusach), Audio (Musical Ending)
   Nishmat -  TextRecording
   Anim Zemirot - Text, Recording
Birkat Hamazon:
   Shir HaMaalot - Text, Common Tune, Sixth Street Tune.
   Zimun - Text, Common Tune
   Blessing 1 (Birkat Hazan): Text, Common Tune
   Blessing 2 (Birkat HaAretz): Text, Common Tune


Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyyar 5784