Sunday, April 03, 2005

Mnemonic devices (memory aids) for Jewish ritual

My memory being what it is, I need all the help I can get. So here are a couple of mnemonic devices that I've come up with to help me with Jewish ritual.

For the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays), my mnemonic device is "ha-melech zocher et ha-shofar." That's the only way I can remember that the order of the prayers in the Amidah is Malchuyot, Zichronot, Shofarot.

For the special parshiot of this time of year, I just came up with this one this morning: Anachnu notnim shekalim lizkor et ha-parah ba-chodesh ha-gadol. The order of the special parshiot is Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, haChodesh, haGadol.

They sound dumb, but they work.

(Check out the post time on this one. Well, it beats counting sheep.)

Update: Youchers--it's mnemonic, not mneumonic. There's nothing quite like posting a spelling error all over the worldwide web to make a person feel slightly undereducated. Thanks to the good doctor PT for pointing out that my spelling more closely resembled that of an illness than what I had in mind.


Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I think you mean "mnemonic." "Mneumonic" is spelled "Pneumonic" and has to do with the lungs.

Mon Apr 04, 04:37:00 PM 2005  

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