RLGA02H3 Final: Key terms for final exam

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Bar mitzvah: initiation of a thirteen year old boy into adult ritual responsibilities in the synagogue service. Some branches of judaism parallel it with a bat mitzvah for girls. It occurs as part of a congregation"s weekly worship. Bar mitzvah (son of the commandments), the teenager reads a selection from one of the five books of moses and from the prophets. Making the onset of adulthood at 13 is based on an ancient concept of legal majority. It publicly marks that the child has arrived at ritual and moral responsibility. Pentateuch: the first five books of the bible, attributed to moses which have to come to be known as the torah. Today, the pentateuch has served as the people"s identity since the temple doesn"t exist anymore. Torah are genesis, exodus, leviticus, numbers and deuteronomy. The term is used for the ritual passover supper celebrated in the home, whose liturgy is called the.

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