by Judith T. Fox
Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please contact the Director of Congregational Learning, at 860-233-2774,
P'sukey D'Zimrah -
Introductory psalms chanted before Shacharit, the morning service.
The weekly Torah portion.
An eight day festival during the spring which celebrates the Jewish peopleâ€™s liberation from bondage in Egypt.
poetry in praise of God from the biblical books of psalms
A one day holiday that joyfully celebrates the victory of the Persian Jewish community over the evil villain Haman.