Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
If you frequent Jewish websites, I am sure that you have come across the name ‘Trope Trainer’ before. After seeing it so many times all over the place I decided I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. The version of the program I was able to review was the Deluxe Edition. This program is very unique and has a lot to offer; it definitely is something that deserves the hype it has been getting.
The Trope Trainer installation was relatively easy and fast. This program is packed with so many great features, I don’t know where to begin. The program is not just for students who are practicing for their bar mitzvah – but in fact all ages can benefit from this program.
As we are all aware, there are many different customs amongst our people. Trope Trainer has taken that into consideration and has included close to 20 different melodies on how to lain (chant) the torah. Melody samples include customs from all over the world, such as according to German custom, Chabad, Galician, etc. The list is too long to itemize but you get the picture.
This program is really flexible and diverse; it allows the user to learn to lain with approximately seven different accents, i.e. Ashkenazi, Sefardi, Chabad, etc. What I found to be quite interesting is the way you can manipulate the program, feature by feature, so that while the program is teaching you how to lain with a Sefardi tune, (unless you specify otherwise) the words are pronounced in an Ashkenazi accent; the same goes vice versa.
True, there is nothing like a real teacher/cantor to teach you how to learn. In fact, Trope Trainer encourages you to have your training reviewed by a ba’al koreh to make sure that you are laining the way your community does, because even with all of the different customs this program has, some communities might have their notes slightly different, so therefore it would be a good idea just to double-check.
Learning how to lain requires you to first familiarize yourself with the notes. Trope trainer starts off by teaching you the basics while giving you tips along the way. The tutorial is very extensive and does not only teach the basics. It is packed with challenging exercises that will be sure to keep you on your toes and at the same time help you walk away knowing the material.
Guessing when your son’s bar mitzva parsha or trying to figure out what is supposed to be lained the following week/weekday is eliminated with the calendar option. The calendar lets you peek into the near and distant future or even go back in time to see what was lained in the past. The calendar shows you both the secular and Hebrew dates.
If you already know what parsha you want to lain, then proceed to the reading section in the program. The reading section lists off all the parshios in the Torah. Upon selecting a parsha, assuming that you have input the right year and correct region (Diaspora/Israel – when the last day of Yom Tov falls on Shabbos, the weekly readings in the Diaspora and Israel are different until a double parsha is separated and the Diaspora catches up), the haftarah feature will automatically generate all the possible haftarahs that can be lained for that week. Sometimes there may be one haftarah because all communities will read the same one, yet other weeks there may be a few because some communities have different customs for that week and will be reading different haftarahs.
You can also choose to view special lainings such as the Yomim Noraim, Yom Tovim, Chanukah, Purim, fast days etc. In fact, you can make your own custom readings.
The display controls are quite extensive. You have the choice of viewing the text in regular format or Stam (the way the words are written in the torah (without vowels or trope) or view both, side by side.
Practicing certain trope groups (such as munach esnachta), the program allows you to highlight all of the texts that contain these cantillations. The highlighting feature allows you to assign different colors for different groups. You can also assign colors to the actual cantillation symbols – it’s like highlighting the notes in your notebook with different color highlighters. This comes in very handy when you want to practice certain groups.
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Leah Katz, a TeenZone camper at Oorah’s TheZone summer camp and an 11th grader at Midwood High School, read her winning essay about how TheZone changed her views on Judaism at the Jewish Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office in April. The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest is to acquaint public school students with Jewish history and customs and to help foster a deeper understanding of Jewish culture. The contest is open to students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Leah’s essay is reproduced in full below.
Moshe Sharett, the head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department, visited Egypt in 1945. In Cairo he met a most remarkable young woman, a beautiful journalist who was the darling of Egyptian high society – from high-ranking military brass, to culture icons and Muslim sheikhs, to the court of King Faruk.
The two proceeded to talk about everyday things and surprisingly her mother-in-law did not find anything else to criticize. This occurred a few more times, with my client changing the topic every time by complimenting her mother-in-law or mentioning something positive about her.
There is always a lot of confusion surrounding sensory processing disorder – mainly because there are many different diagnoses that fall under the catch-all phrase sensory processing disorder (SPD). Among them are three specific subcategories:
The doctor had warned us that even if we did everything right and followed the protocol after the follicle was of the right size, there was no guarantee of success. Fertilization still had to occur, and just like couples do not necessarily become pregnant every month, we had no way to know if we were actually expecting for two full weeks.
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Jewish Press columnist Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder and president of Hineni, the international Torah outreach organization, recently addressed an overflowing audience at the Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine in southern California. Rebbetzin Jungreis’s address theme, “Making a Good Relationship Magical,” was apropos for the evening’s main mission: raising funds for the Irvine community’s mikveh.
You have probably been planning your marriage since you were about three. Let’s fast-forward to a big milestone– your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. (Don’t worry, you don’t look a day over twenty one!) Now, would you appreciate your husband buying you a dozen roses that some florist recommended?
As I mentioned in my earlier articles about our family trip to Israel, our night flight went pretty smooth, thanks to my children’s willingness to sleep throughout the flight. I, on the other hand, didn’t sleep a wink and I wasn’t feeling too great by the time we landed. But we were finally in Israel, and just being in the beautifully renovated Ben Gurion airport and hearing all the Hebrew around us was exciting enough.
While all the flowers that grace your Shavuos table will surely be a delight to your eye, these will be a delight for your palette as well. Create them at any level, simple or sophisticated; any way you make them they’re sure to be a sensation.
Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we attempt to answer questions sent in by people who fortunately have fake names, so they won’t be embarrassed. I don’t know how they got through school, though.
Speechless wonder is the reaction to the beautiful vision seen though the Arch of the Keshet Cave at the Adamit Park in the Galilee. One of the most amazing natural wonders in Eretz Yisrael, the Me’arat Hakeshet — also known as the Rainbow Cave or Arch Cave — can be found up against the Israel-Lebanon border just a few kilometers from Rosh Hanikra and the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. It is situated amid the wild scenery on the cliffs of Nachal Betzet and Nachal Namer, on the Adamit Ridge.
Within a few short weeks, the weekly parshah will address the topics of the Mishkan (tabernacle) and the kohen’s begadim (priestly vestments). What better way to prepare for this reading than actually seeing, up close and personal, the objects mentioned in the text.
In an effort to broaden its Internet services, Nokia has recently acquired Plazes.com. Plazes, a popular website, is used to share social activities. This acquisition is one of the few ones Nokia has recently initiated in an effort to boost its online presence. Nokia is the worlds biggest cell phone company.
Microsoft: In an effort to prevent Microsoft from discontinuing selling new copies of the Windows XP Operating System, windows users have started circulating a petition threatening to jump ship and switch to Apple or Linux.
In an effort to accommodate the haredi world, Bezeq is now offering “kosher” phone service. This service will ban all calls to inappropriate numbers. Bezeq invested over $500,000 into this service and is offering it free of charge.
With reports that this holiday season’s sales are expected to match those of 2002, online businesses are making a major attempt to compete and gain your business. This permits the average consumer to get a great deal on Chanukah gifts from the comfort of his or her home.
After an exhaustive hunt and with great effort, the hidden afikoman was finally found. This is usually preceded with the lengthy negotiations and yearly challenges some families face on what reward best fits the beneficiate? Especially once kids get older, this task seems more difficult with each passing year.
It’s been over sixty years since a bright and most holy people were butchered, tortured and almost annihilated. We still feel the impact of what was taken from us, but unfortunately, some do not realize the magnitude of the terrible churban that transpired.
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