The Jews of Morocco

Traditions and Customs

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Tables of Contents

The lifecycle

 

Birth
Adoption
Circumcision (Brith Milah)

Naming a girl (Zeved Habat)

Redemption of the First Born (Pidyon Haben)
Initiation (Hatunah Bezeir Anpin)

Bar Mitzvah and Education
Engagement
Marriage (husband and wife relations) family purity, modesty
Divorce
Halizah

Death
Preparing the dead for burial
Burial
Mourning

Memorials

Holidays

New Year (Rosh Hashanah)
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Tabernacles (Sukkot, Shemini Atseret, Simhat Torah)

Hanukah

Tu Bishvat

Purim

Passover
Omer and Lag Ba Omer
Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Ninth of Av (Tisha Be Av)

Special Days

Sabbath

The beginning of the Moon Month (Rosh Hodesh)

Fast days


Consumption rituals

Wine benediction

Washing hands
Bread benediction
Pre-meals benedictions
Grace after meals (Birkat Hamazon)

Fasting

Ritual slaughter (shehita)
Meat preparation
Purifying Kitchen Utensils
Meat and Milk
What is permitted to eat (Kosher food)?

Other Rituals

Mezuzah
House Warming (Hanukat Ha Bayit)

Worship

The synagogue
Hazan
Parnas
Torah reader
Prayer leader
Lithurgy singer (Paytan)
Prayer quorum (minian)

Torah (the scribe, weekdays reading, Sabbath reading, reading honors)
Daily prayers (morning shaharit, midday minhah, evening prayer arvit)

Tefilin
Talith

Community organization

Rabbis
Judges
Teachers
Secular leaders (Nagid, Nassi)
Notables

Enforcement (police and excommunication)

Conformity

Conversion