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The Daily Life of an Orthodox Jew

An inside look of their prayer/blessing habits, closet, pantry and study room.
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Juli Burnett

on 3 May 2011

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The Daily Life of an Orthodox Jew Prayer/Blessings
Clothing
Food
Education Pray and say blessings upon waking and before going to sleep. Bless and pray over meals
different types based on what foods you eat: One for wine, grape juice, bread fruits that grow on trees, another for produce that comes directly from the earth, and others for products of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or rice All prayers come from the siddur, a book of prayers. Prayers are spoken outloud and it is common to rock back and forth to have a full body experience. Practice of the morning prayers begin at an early age. Orthodox jews pray only in Hebrew, even if they do not understand the language (this mostly goes for younger children, not adults) : the Halakhah gives a few minor exceptions to this rule but it also states that praying in Hebrew is the most sincere, committed and expression of understanding to the religion.

Accepted in all sects of orthodox jews Communal prayer services take place daily at the synagogue. Most orthodox jews, while in congregation do not pray at the same pace and emphasize different parts of a prayer that mean more to them. sh'ma is a private prayer/mantra that can be said at any time during the day and is incorporated in the majority of prayers. The V'ahavta is also a common prayer and is chanted at every synagogue service. For Orthodox, praying is a way to fit their feelings into a mold and express them in a significant religious way. Food Prayer/Blessings Kosher - food, or premises in which food is sold, cooked/prepared, or eaten that satisfies the requirements of Jewish law. In Ethnic and regional Foodways in the United States: The performance of group identity states that it is only human that was regard the major orifices in our body as special - the mouth in particular. The mouth is how we engage not only in eating but by talking as well. Clothing The Orthodox Jewish population wears mostly black to mourn for the destruction of the temple. Clothing is supposed to be part of one’s self-identity and remind them of where they belong. Rules and Regulations

From the collar bone down in the front and from the nape of the neck in the back must be covered.

Clothing must go past the knee.

Clothes may not be form fitting or revealing at all. The Tzitzit is worn over the shirt and is a wool vest with fringes on all four corners.

The Gartel which is a belt worn during prayer or another Mitzvah. Flamboyant colors are frowned upon, and red is strictly forbidden. For Women:

Legs must be covered by stockings.
Some communities accept colors similar to skin tone while others require darker colors.
Women who are or who have once been married should keep their hair covered, unmarried girls can leave their’s uncovered. For Women Continued:

Dresses or skirts without slits are the accepted form of clothing.
Makeup is not allowed
Longer sleeves to go over the elbow (only required for women) For Men:

They should not wear short pants.
In more formal settings, men’s sleeves are covered by a jacket.
Yarmulka (kippa) to cover most of the head.
Most men wear a hat which is considered a piece of traditional clothing Education Rabinnic schools – yashivas
Comes from “Sitting” in Hebrew. Similar to how there is a parokhet in temples, many yashivot are segregated by gender. “Nation of the book” Rabbinic studies are the most respected study of all Until the 20th century, only males attended In many situations, the segregation goes from
pre-kindergarten to graduate school

5 books all children know – siddur,chummash, haggada, bentchers, krias shema and perek shirah Chavrusa – friend in Aramaic - study buddy that actively helps in Talmudic study At least one hour of study on the Torah or on the tanahk CDQS 1. Clothing in Orthodox Judaism is significant to their ability to connect to their past. Do you think that this connection emphasizes in the Jewish culture the need to learn and know their own history? Why or why not? 2. How do you think the use of the chevrusa (friend) effects the learning process in the yeshiva? Do you think this study method could be beneficial to American society? Why or why not? 3. In Orthodox Judaism, there is a great emphasis on prayer. Do you think that there is a benefit to praying and blessing at so many different parts of the day? Why or why not?
What does this emphasis on prayer reflect on Judaism, overall? 4. Do you think that the clothing of Orthodox Jews creates a misunderstood stereotype in American society about the Jewish culture? Why or why not? 5. Does the observation of kosher laws help to reflect Orthodox Jews' strong belief and observance of the Torah? Why or why not? 6. What does the prominence of food in the rituals of Passover and Yom Kippur say about the Jewish connection to food, their religion and their God? Do you think that the connection between food and faith creates deeper relationships within Judaism? Why or why not?
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