Barkhu

A formal call to worship.

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Barkhu is also recited by each person who is called up for an aliyah during the reading of the Torah, and it is followed by the same congregational response. Some communities have the paradoxical custom of also reciting Barkhu at the conclusion of the daily morning and evening services when there is no Torah reading, for the benefit of those worshipers who arrived too late to hear it at the opening of the service.

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Ronald L. Eisenberg

Ronald L. Eisenberg, a radiologist and non-practicing attorney, is the author of numerous books, including The Jewish World in Stamps.