Literally, “standing.” A central prayer of the worship service, often recited privately. A chain of blessings in which the first three and final three are always the same, and the intermediate blessings change based on the day (i.e., Shabbat, weekday, holidays). Also called the Sh’moneh Esreih (literally, “eighteen”) and HaT’fila (literally, “the Prayer”).
Learn about the Shabbat customs, traditions, and practices observed in synagogues and Jewish communities throughout the world.
Purim, occurring this year on March 20-21, is celebrated with a wonderful tradition of creating and sending food packages to friends and family.