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ark

ark n. English 1. Shorthand for Holy Ark (Aron Kodesh), the cabinet at the front of an Ashkenazic synagogue that houses the Torah scrolls. It is usually set into or against a wall that faces east toward Jerusalem. The ark is sometimes large and ornate, sometimes small and plain. A depiction of the tablets of …

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arba minim

arba minim pl. n. Hebrew (ar-BAH mee-NEEM) Literally, “four species.” The name for the three parts of the lulav and the etrog, which are used to fulfill the commandments to “rejoice before the Lord” during Sukkot. On Sukkot, both in synagogue and in the sukkah, it is traditional to hold the lulav in the right …

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