Worship in the Home

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For Jews the home, more than the synagogue, is the centre of Jewish life. All those things which are central to the belief and practice of Judaism can be found in the believers home.

As you enter the door of a Jewish house you will see the Mezuzah. It will be fixed to the right front doorpost of most Jewish homes. The mezuzah is a small case, inside of it will be a small piece of paper or parchment. written on this will be a few verses of the Torah. These words will be written in Hebrew but the translation is;

"Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength. Never forget these commands, teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away. Tie them on your arm and on your forehead as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your house"

Worship in the home
A Mezuzah on the doorpost shows that God is present in this house, and that the people who live there follow God's laws.

Prayers will be said three times a day and before and after meals. When Jews pray they will wear certain ritual objects. They will put on small leather boxes with pieces of scripture inside them (Tefillin) One onto their


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