Synagogue | Judaism | Britannica

| September 14, 2019

Synagogue, also spelled synagog, in Judaism, a community house of worship that serves as a place not only for liturgical services but also for assembly and study. Its traditional functions are reflected in three Hebrew synonyms for synagogue: bet ha-tefilla (house of prayer), bet ha-kneset (house of assembly), and bet ha-midrash (house of study). The term synagogue is of Greek origin (synagein, to bring together) and means a place of assembly.

12 Ridiculously Repressive Rules From Hasidic Judaism

| September 14, 2019

Photo: Isaak Asknaziy/WIkiMedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 Marriage Arrangements Involve A Contract And Sex That Sometimes Comes With A Manual While Hasidic Judaism frowns on arranged marriages by force, couples are often "encouraged" to get together by their families and community.Parents often consult with a matchmaker known as a shadchan to find a suitable partner for their child. The potential bride and groom typically have several "dates" to get to know each other and make sure they see a futuretogether. When it's decided that the two are going to be bound to one another, a formal contract is signed.The contract, orketubah, lists the obligations that a husband has to his wife