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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)


Theology
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
39 Melachot (Prohibited Activities)
39 Melachot Cheat Sheet
Shabbat Study Questions


Prayer

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

Daily:
   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
Weekday:
   Amida Paragraphs 1-2 - Text, Audio (Weekday)
Shabbat:
   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)
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

 

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781