Brief definitions for Hebrew words and phrases we use regularly at Berkman Mercaz Limud and throughout Rodeph Shalom
Bimah - the raised platform at the front of a sanctuary
Purim -- a Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an Achaemenid Persian Empire official who was planning to kill all the Jews in the empire, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
Tallit – a prayer shawl that Jewish adults may choose to wear during Shabbat morning services, High Holy Day services and other moments of worship; a tallit is distinguished by fringes tied with special knots on all four corners of the shawl, called tzitzit.
Tanakh – the Jewish bible, comprised of three parts that are further subdivided into many books; the three parts of the Tanakh are Torah, Nevi’im (the prophets and the history of the kings of ancient Israel, including the books of Samuel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah), and Ketuvim (writings, including the books of Esther, Job, Daniel, and Ruth, as well as Psalms and Proverbs); an acronym for Torah-Nevi’im-Ketuvim