Worship

Opening the ark for the Barchu

  • Approach the ark

  • Open doors by pulling them sideways

  • Face the ark

  • The cantor will chant the first verse, "Barchu et Adonai Hamvorah"

  • The congregation chants the second verse "Baruch Adonai Hamvorah L'Olam Vaed."
    Bow at "Baruch Adonai" and stand back up at "L'Olam Vaed"

  • The cantor will repeat the second line, remain facing the ark

  • When the cantor finishes, you may turn around and return to your seat. The rabbi and/or cantor may approach you to shake your hand
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