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,

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P'sukey D'Zimrah -  Introductory psalms chanted before Shacharit, the morning service.
Parasha -  The weekly Torah portion.
Pesach -  An eight day festival during the spring which celebrates the Jewish people’s liberation from bondage in Egypt.
Psalm -  poetry in praise of God from the biblical books of psalms
Purim -  A one day holiday that joyfully celebrates the victory of the Persian Jewish community over the evil villain Haman.