Synagogue Visit

We visited Plymouth's historic Synagogue. The word Synagogue comes from the Greek word for 'assembly'. 
 
Orthodox Jews believe in the practice of Jewish Law, the Torah, as written in the 5 books of Moses. They are the first five books of the Bible known as the Old Testament to Christians. 
 
We saw a Mezuzah on the doorpost. Inside is a Shema, which is a prayer. We saw the Ark, a special cabinet where the Torah Scrolls are kept. This faces East towards Jerusalem. The eternal lamp is always kepy lit as a reminder of G-D's eternal presence. 
 
We all enjoyed trying to blow the shofar. This is blown for New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and for Yom Kippur. 
 
We saw the Menorah, which is the holder for 7 candles. This is the oldest symbol of the Jewish Faith.