Today Was the Shabbath Yitro The Day We Read Shemot 18:1-20:26

@Adoniah (7523)
United States
January 26, 2008 6:35pm CST
Shemot is the Hebrew word for Exodus in the Bible. If you know your "Old Testament", this chapter contains the Ten Commandments. Most folks have a working knowledge of the Ten Commandments. Well in shul today, we read that part of the Torah scroll. The readings on the Shabbath are broken up into seven Aliyahs. An Aliyah is a "going up" like a going up to Israel or a going up to the Bimah where the Torah Scroll is read. I had the 5th Aliyah which allowed me to be at the Bimah when the Ten Commandments were read from the Scroll. The Scroll used in shul is not like the Torah we use everyday. It does not have punctuation or even vowels. The person chanting from it really has to know what he is doing. Standing there today, hearing and seeing the ancient words was a very unique experience. I have had many Aliyahs in the past, but today was different. I cannot say what changed but something is very different. Has this ever happened to you? Shalom~Adoniah
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• United States
27 Jan 08
I need my vowels! Give me my vowels! I have seen Hebrew without the voewls and being the novice I am I was completely lost.Oy, no vowels.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I can follow along with the person chanting from the scroll but there are a lot of words I don't know. We have a lot of women in our Temple who read the Torah on holidays and on the Sabbath if there is something special going on in their lives. One family has all girls and as each girl reaches 12 and is Bat Mitzvah the Mother reads the Torah and the Daughter reads the Haftorah. They have one kid left to go. They are quite a family. Shalom~Adoniah
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• United States
27 Jan 08
That is so great the girls have their Bat Mitzvah.I started late learning Hebrew. I am a little rusty and I definitely not familiar enough to read it without the vowels.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Two years ago we had an adult bat mitzvah class. Quite a few of the ladies took part in it. But they did it on the Sabbath and they split up all the parts, so I did not enter into it. I went to a lot of the classes though. If I ever do my Bat Mitzvah, I will do it at our Thursday Minyan where I know everyone.
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Greetings Adoniah, What a beautiful write up. I am not Jewish, please don't hold that against me, so much of what you wrote I am learning. However I do respect your beliefs and practices and always find it amazing that someone can feel their Faith in a moment unexpected. I feel my Faith everyday, but I do have moments that floor me and know that I am blessed. My walk of Faith began at a young age and I have seen miracles in my walk. I stumbled upon your writing and I believe we are all sent to see things that are important for us. Often those with the same strength find each other, or those needing strength and guidance, so on and so forth. Yes, what you are talking of has happened to me several times. From the birth of my son William, to my daughter Sarai. From Alaska to Maine to New York. When my writing as a journalist became published and picked up, I saw the difference. Everyday it is possible to have a different moment, then there is the time it just explodes and you feel what you know to be true. For me that is Faith and guidance. Shalom, and Blessed Be Aingealicia
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Thank~you Aingealicia, That was well put! You do seem to have a writing gift. One would never know that you just started here at Mylot, if not for your insidious (25). You will do well though, because quantity of words count as much as quality. Today was an interesting day of many emotions. Not just at shul, but that is another story. Don't be a stranger! See you in the funny papers! Shalom~Adoniah
• United States
27 Jan 08
Adoniah, I do have a satirical side to me, so yes you may see me in the comics. I am hoping that you may one day read a story I have broke to expose what ever is needed to be shared. I won't be a stranger and would like to add you as a friend if you would accept. Thank you for your compliments and I do write as a profession in several venues. From Satirical to Impactive. I look forward to more discussion with you. Aingealicia
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• United States
27 Jan 08
Thank you and add has been done. He is a beautiful baby so sometimes life gives us gifts. Mine happens to be a black cat named Prince. His name suits him well. I look forward to our future friendship and yes it does take one to know one. I will get my numbers up, however I am sure the people of Guantanamo Bay are very happy for my writing of what is going on there. Aingealicia
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@urbandekay (18314)
27 Jan 08
I don't know it could mean a number of things. 1.) Hearing the passage anew, hearing new meaning and significance in it that you had not perceived before, sometimes this can be visceral as well as just an intellectual insight. 2) Having an emotional response to the text. 3) The kind of experience which is hard to describe, where one sees with eyes anew, awakened eyes, where all remains the same yet is somehow different. A shaft of sunlight breaks through the gloom and transports us. Transports us from where we are to exactly where we are. all the best urban
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I think it was behind door number three. That is the best description I could imagine. Thanks Urban. You are always good with words! Shalom~Adoniah
@urbandekay (18314)
27 Jan 08
Ah blessed thou art then. all the best urban
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Thanks sometimes we need blessings more than others. Shalom
• Canada
27 Jan 08
The Hebrew meaning of "Shemot" is "Names". Parashat "Yitro" is dealing with "Exodus" which is the Hebrew transformation from Slavery into FREEDOM. 'Funny' that I received this from you today... I Lost my Mom on Jan 21 & she was buried on Jan 23, which is my Late Father's Birthday. My Mom didn't choose her burial-date, yet she was reunited with her mate on his birthday. Finaly, after 15 years, since she lost him, they reunite. They are back at 'Freedom' -- together at last. I envy you for your feelings back there on the "Bima". We are NOT suppose to know everything -- we are just/only human. I'm sure you'll be 'told' of the/your reason why it was different this time... THANKS Shabat-Shalom' Arieh
• Canada
27 Jan 08
Adoniah, Have you noticed the change in "my-rating" from 11 to 13 while I answered your topic here... In the Jewish religion 13 signifies "Bar-Mitsvot" or "Alyiah" from childhood into adulthood a signification of the transformation -- FREEDOM. For us, Jews, 13 is a very lucky number... Like Moshe, you were a 'messenger' with your posting. thanks, Shabat-Shalom
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
27 Jan 08
This month is also the 20th year of my Father's passing. It is always my saddest month. My Father and Grandmother were my only two loves. Gut Shabbos~Adoniah
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@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
24 Feb 08
Adoniah, the particulars of this holy day are beyond my knowledge of Judaism; however, on a purely spiritual basis, I can understand and appreciate the essence of your experience. It's occasions like this that religion reinforces one's faith.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thanks Itmoon! Nisce to hear from you. It was an interesting day. Shalom