Shaharit

Shaharith

[Ashkenazic Hebrew shahkh-ris; Sephardic Hebrew shah-khah-reet]
noun Hebrew.
the religious service celebrated by Jews every morning.
Also, Shaharit, Shaharis, Shacharith.
Compare Maariv, Minhah.


Origin:
Shaḥărīth literally, morning time

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shaharit

("dawn"), in Judaism, the first of three periods of daily prayer; the other daily services are minhah and maarib. They are all ideally recited in the synagogue so that a quorum (minyan) can be formed to pray as a corporate body representing "Israel." Shaharith is considered a substitute for the dawn sacrifice formerly offered each day in the Temple of Jerusalem, but ancient tradition credits Abraham with its institution (Genesis 22:3).

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