Aleinu n. (ah-LAY-noo) Literally, “it is upon us.” A in praise of , Aleinu acknowledges the unique relationship between God and the people. It is toward the end of synagogue services while the stands. Originally from the High Holy Day , the Aleinu is now part of all services. It’s customary for worshipers to bow slightly during the part of the prayer that reads, “We bend the knee and bow before the Holy One, blessed be He, who stretched out the heavens and established the earth.”

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Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (4). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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