About the Journal

Kenishta (Aramaic for synagogue)  is a scholarly journal dedicated to the world of the synagogue. The journal includes studies about the synagogue itself: architecture and furnishings, mosaic floors and wall paintings, and the place of the synagogue in Jewish life. But its main thrust is to the spiritual activiity within the synagogue: Jewish liturgy from its ancient beginnings – even before the synagogue existed – until modern times, including liturgical experiences conducted in other locales. The study of liturgy includes the customs of the synagogue and its laws, versions of prayers and their contents, poetry and liturgical music. This study also includes the artefacts of liturgy: prayer books, Passover haggadas and other liturgical paraphernalia.

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Vol. 5 (2024): Kenishta
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