Neilah


Neilah
Seph. /neuh ee lah"/; Ashk. /nee"leuh/, n. Hebrew.
the Jewish religious service marking the conclusion of Yom Kippur.

* * *

Hebrew  Neʿila, or Neʿilah,  

      in Judaism, the last of the five Yom Kippur services. As the concluding rite of Yom Kippur, the service is the most sacred of the yearly liturgy and is expressed in melodies of great solemnity. When the shofar (ritual ram's horn) sounds at the close of the neilah, the synagogue service ends and the daylong fast marking Yom Kippur is over.

      In ancient times groups of laymen attended the sacrifice at the Second Temple in Jerusalem as representatives of the common people. Each day before sunset, when the Temple gates were being closed, these deputations prayed the neilah; simultaneously, villagers outside Jerusalem joined their representatives in spirit by reciting the neilah on their own. The neilah was also recited on public fast days. Modern Jews view the neilah as the symbolic closing of the gates of heaven when God's final judgment is passed on man.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • neilah — ne·i·lah …   English syllables

  • neilah — ˌneēˈlä, neˈēlə noun ( s) Etymology: Hebrew nĕ īlāh closing of gates; from the closing of the gates of the Temple at Jerusalem at the end of the service : the concluding portion of the liturgy on Yom Kippur * * * Seph. /neuh ee lah /; Ashk. /nee… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Priestly Blessing — Large crowds congregate on Passover at the Western Wall to receive the priestly blessing Halakhic texts relating to this article: Torah: Numbers 6:23–27 …   Wikipedia

  • Yom Kippur — Maurycy Gottlieb (1856 1879): Juden in der Synagoge am Jom Kippur (1878) Jom Kippur (hebr. יום הכיפורים, Jom oder Yom ha Kippurim, jiddisch Jom Kipper) ist der jüdische Versöhnungstag und gleichzeitig der wichtigste jährliche Festtag im Judentum …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Yom Kipur — Maurycy Gottlieb (1856 1879): Juden in der Synagoge am Jom Kippur (1878) Jom Kippur (hebr. יום הכיפורים, Jom oder Yom ha Kippurim, jiddisch Jom Kipper) ist der jüdische Versöhnungstag und gleichzeitig der wichtigste jährliche Festtag im Judentum …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MUSIC — This article is arranged according to the following outline: introduction written sources of direct and circumstantial evidence the material relics and iconography notated sources oral tradition archives and important collections of jewish music… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Yom Kippur — Day of Atonement redirects here. For other uses, see Day of Atonement (disambiguation). For the war, see Yom Kippur War. Yom Kippur Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878) …   Wikipedia

  • Amidah — The Amidah (Hebrew: תפילת העמידה, Tefilat HaAmidah The Standing Prayer ), also called the Shmona Esre (שמנה עשרה, Shmonah Esreh The Eighteen [‏Blessings‏] ), is the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy. As Judaism s prayer par excellence , the… …   Wikipedia

  • Harrowing of Hell — The Harrowing of Hell, depicted in the Petites Heures de Jean de Berry, 14th c. illuminated manuscript commissioned by John, Duke of Berry. The Harrowing of Hell (Latin Descensus Christi ad Inferos the descent of Christ into hell ) is a doctrine… …   Wikipedia

  • Nachman of Breslov — Breslover Rebbe Grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Full name Nachman of Breslov …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.