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Why are most synagogues and temples named Beth.......?

  

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Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, what's on your mind today?

Sherlock: Names of temples. Why are most of them named Beth?

Rabbi Gurkow: beth means house

Rabbi Gurkow: the temples are named "house of..."

Sherlock: Thank you, I had no idea that was what meant

Rabbi Gurkow: each Temple chooses their own name

Rabbi Gurkow: such as house of prayer, house of G-d etc.

Sherlock: That makes more sense to me now

Rabbi Gurkow: but in truth many temples are not named beth at all

Rabbi Gurkow: such as the shomrei emunim, the shomer shabbos etc etc etc

Sherlock: Is beth yiddush or hebrew?

Rabbi Gurkow: anglicised hebrew :-)

Rabbi Gurkow: in hebrew in would really be Bet (in Sephardic pronunciation) or Beis (in Ashkenazic pronunciation)

Sherlock: That is why I have never heard of it.

Rabbi Gurkow: perhaps

Sherlock: Thank you.

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Sephardic
(adj.) A Jew whose ancestors stem from Southern Italy, Spain, Portugal, North Africa or the Arabian countries.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.