Observe the Jewish Culture/ Temple and write a 3 page essay, double spaced. 



1. Describe

Look carefully at the setting where the ritual is taking place. Notice details. What clues about the religion or ritual are given by the setting (location, architecture, art, arrangement, decoration, etc)?

What are the key symbols and actions that are used in the service itself (including what people do and say)?

What is the overall “feel” of the service?

Summarize some of the key “meanings” that you observe.

2. Understand

Research and summarize the central beliefs of the religion. Where did you see these beliefs reflected in the service you attended?

In what ways is the religious service linked to a particular culture? What connections did you see between the symbols and actions used and everyday life?

What purposes do you think the service served (affirm beliefs,
moral encouragement, build a sense of community or belonging with others, etc.).

What aspects of the service were most unfamiliar to you? Research one of these and describe why it is important for the religion. 

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