In Jewish law, for prayer to be "official" (for want of a better word, there needs to be a quorum of ten men (yes, MEN) called a minyan.
Of course, unlike in my Catholic religion, there really is no obligation (or sin or punishment) for non-attendance. As I mentioned, Reform Jews tend to be less observant. But, I also delved into just what the Jewish Sabbath represents: "Shabbat traditionally commemorates the period of time in which G-d rested after creating the world. It is a time for families to come together over challah (twisted loves of bread), chicken, kugel (noodle pudding), chollent (a hot mixture of meat and beans) and song. With such fare it is no wonder that an old saying still rings true: 'More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews' (Anon 2003 2). Actually, as I was informed, the Sabbath (as do all Jewish holidays) begin the evening before. "All Jewish Holidays begin the evening before the date specified. This is because the Jewish day actually begins at sundown on the previous night. Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown on Friday night. In Jerusalem, Shabbat begins 40 minutes before sundown". (Anon 2003 1). The service this wet Saturday morning began with a prayer, in Hebrew, then repeated in English. I was told that at the Friday evening services, there would be a cantor and a small choir. The hymns usually are taken from biblical contexts. The sounds of an organ filled the temple. From later conversations with some of the congregants, I learned that from time to time, the temple has invited musical groups, even some modern soft-rock bands, to perform. When I asked the rabbi, his reply was interesting: They definitely didn't use music in ancient times, but these are different times," he says. "We are competing with Hollywood, MTV, DVDs -- today, we listen to the TV, not the elder of the tribe."
Having been brought up in the Catholic faith and understanding the reluctance of the Chur...
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