Glossary of terms

 

Abridor

Person who opens the Heichal (has the mitzvah of Abrirà)

Acompanhador or Acompanhàn

Person who walks in front of the sefer Torah and leads the way. He holds the cloak (has the mitzvah of acompanhar)

Desenfaixarador

Boy who winds the Faixa(band) from the sefer before the reading and rewinds it afterwards.

Ets Haim

In a mi sheberach: referring to a nedavah (gift) to the seminary Ets Haim and its library.
In assigning the mitzvoth (honors): the boy who holds the upper side of the Torah when the Faixa is taken off or put back.

Faixa

Mappa, band. Long silk or linen sash used as a binding for the Sefer Torah

Hashcavah

Memorial prayer (“Yizkor"), pronounced Hascabah

Heichal

Aron Hakodesh (holy ark)

Jadrich

Room where deceased are washed

Jejum

Fast

Kapittel

Chapter, ngaliyah

Lavador(es)

Person(a) who washes (wash) the deceased.

Levantador

Man given the honour of raising the sefer Torah aloft prior to the reading from it. He is selected from a group of levantadores appointed to perform this misvah on a steady basis.

Levador

Man given the honour of carrying the Torah to and from the hehal.

Mashlim

Last person called for torah reading, usually the sevenths

Mitzvah 

Burial

Medianos

Chol hamoed (mid-days of Sukkoth and Pesach)

Padrinho

Friend under 13 years, accompanying the Bar Mitzvah boy

Parasha

Shabbat, weekly or Yom Tov portion of Torah reading

Parnas

Member of the Board. In the context of the service, usually the parnas who is responsible for the good order of the Services. If a member who is not a parnas directs the service, he is referred as Presidente.

Ponteiro

Yad (pointer used for reading the Torah)

Presidente

See parnas

Rodeamentos

7 rounds made around coffin of a man at the cemetery before burial.

Rogativas

Special payers for very ill persons

Samuch

Person called to the Torah before the Mashlim, usually the sixths.

Sandal

Fabric covering the back of the Torah scroll, opened to the portion to be read..
It’s the duty of the Shamash (sexton) to see to it that it be always correctly positioned.

Subinte

Person called to the Torah

Taças

(three) silver plates used to collect tzedakah e.g. at Chuppa, Purim or fast service.

Tebah

Bima, the elevated platform at the rear center of the esnoga (snoge, synagogue) where the chazzan reads the service or from the Torah.

Terra Santa

“Holy Land”: In mi sheberach: referring to tzedakah (gift) for Eretz Yisrael.

Ume

One. Formerly the abbreviation of um florim (one guilder): at present   of um euro. Used as standard amount in mi sheberach after a Hashcavah. Money is given for 'shemen le'maor': oil for the Ner Tamid.

 An interview (in Dutch) with Chacham Pereira (SRP) on the use of Spanish & Portuguese in Amsterdam

 

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