from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as parnes.


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  • Her pious father Salomon (Oldenzaal September 17, 1887 – Sobibor May 7, 1943) held the position of parnas (warden) in the local Jewish community and probably made a living as a salesman.

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  • Until his death in 1769, he was a pillar of the synagogue, serving as parnas seven times and in other leadership roles continually.

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  • When he recovered his senses he found himself safely sheltered in the house of Reb Sholem, the _parnas_ (president of the congregation).

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  • As _parnas_ he must be the first to do him honor and after the services were at an end the invitation was extended and accepted.

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  • He was _parnas_ of the great congregation of Kief, and was respected, not only by his co-religionists, but also by the nobles with whom he transacted the greater portion of his business.

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  • The parnas reverently lifted the fringes of his _tallis_, and with them touched the sacred Scroll; then, kissing them, he recited the customary blessing.

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  • One after another, seven men were called to the _Torah_, and their actions and prayers were a repetition of those of the _parnas_.

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  • The _hazan_ opened the Pentateuch and the _parnas_ of the congregation was called to the _Torah_.

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  • Hirsch Bensef, the _parnas_ of the chief congregation, and whose reputation for piety overtopped that of any other man of the community, might well pause before inviting the new arrival to his house.

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  • At this time he was _parnas residente_ (president) of the Congregation

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