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In Karaite Judaism,Tefillah unites the worshipper with God and community, and helps promotes a deeper understanding of the consanguinity involved in those relationships.


Karaite liturgy, as it stands today, is a relatively recent development, being codified in the 13th century by Aharon Ben-Yosef of Nicomedia (modern day Izmit, Turkey). Prior to Aharon Ben-Yosef, each community set the structure of its prayer services (Tefillah). Rather than creating his own system of Tefillah, sought to syncretize the existing traditions from the various communities into a cohesive whole, in order to unite Karaites across the world in common prayer. In this effort, he was successful. What follows is a brief introduction into Karaite liturgy and what it has meant for Karaites throughout the ages.

Karaite Cantillation (updated)

The Karaite Siddur