Essay about Judaism: Temple Emanu-el

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When looking at my options for religious sites, I decided to look up temples near my house, since there are four different temples in my neighborhood. I found Temple Emanu-el, Beth Israel Congregation, Shaare Ezra Sephardic Congregation and Temple Beth Shalom. Before this assignment I was unaware that there were different branches of Judaism, and different temples for each of those branches to accommodate to the persons specific belief in Judaism. Before choosing which temple I was going to visit, I did my research in the differences between all four of them; to see which I should go to for Friday night Shabbat and I found out that each temple was in different branches of Judaism. Temple Emanu-El was a conservative …show more content…
They tend to follow the Jewish laws, and commandments very strictly, and stay away from modern society. At Orthodox temples the men and women sit separately so that there are no distractions and so there main focus is on the prayers. They are the most religious and traditional; they follow the written and oral torah The Shaare Ezra Sephardic Congregation is a temple for Jews who are of Spanish/middle eastern descent. The adjective "Sephardic" and corresponding nouns Sephardi (singular) and Sephardim (plural) are derived from the Hebrew word "Sepharad," which refers to Spain. The word “Mizrachi” comes from the Hebrew word for Eastern. In 1492 the Jews were kicked out of Spain and many of them went into existing Mizrachi communities in Northern Arica and the Middle East. Sephardic Judaism is very similar to Orthodox Africa Judaism, with following the Jewish Laws. The Sephardic Jewish thought and culture was strongly influenced by Arabic and Greek philosophy and science. Sephardic Jews have a few Hebrew words that they pronunciate differently and have different melodies in there service. They also have different holiday customs and traditional foods. Sephardic Jews have their own international language: “Ladino”, which happens to be based on Hebrew and Spanish. The last Temple I looked up was Temple Beth Shalom I found on there website that they are a reformed temple. Reformed temples believe that
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