Cristina Flores


Jewish rituals and religious observances are grounded in Jewish law. Jews are not permitted to work or engage in various other ‘weekday’ activities on the Sabbath, which is devoted to worship and other related ceremonies. “Shabbas/Shabbat” is a weekly day devoted to God through religious activities and it is considered to be the most important of all Jewish holy days.

Place of Worship

Touro Synagogue, Rhode Island

Sacred Text



The spiritual afterlife is referred to in Hebrew as Olam Ha-Ba. There are many statements in the Talmud that a particular mitzvah will guarantee a person a place in the Olam Ha-Ba, or that a particular sin will lose a person's share in the Olam Ha-Ba. A mitzvah is any of the 613 commandments that Jews are obligated to observe.


Baptism is a religious ablution signifying purification or consecration. The natural method of cleansing the body by washing and bathing in water was always customary in Israel. The Rabbis connect with this the duty of bathing by complete immersion, and since sprinkling with blood was always accompanied by immersion, tradition connects with this immersion the blood lustration mentioned as having also taken place immediately before the Revelation, these three acts being the initiatory rites always performed upon proselytes, "to bring them under the wings of the Shekinah"