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Prayer

Jews will pray three times each day. Men will usually go to the synagogue for they have an obligation to pray with a minyan, a group of 10 men this being the smallest group considered to represent the community. If the day is a festival or Shabbat then the whole family will go to the synagogue. These three daily prayers are said;

Shacharit - the morning prayer, after Abraham who set aside the morning to pray so that he could set time aside to God before turning to his own affairs.

Minchah - the afternoon prayer, after Isaac who halted his affairs so that he could give time to God.

Arvit - the evening prayer, after Jacob who prayer in the evening to thank God for having helped him through the day.

As well as these daily prayers, prayers will be said before and after food, and at various other times during the day. Each type of food has a special blessing. For example before eating bread the prayer will be said,

"Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the ground"

All the occasions of live have special blessings that will be said on their occurrences to remind the devout Jew that God is present in all the occasions in life, not just

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