A name [for the ritual] that recalls the traditional ceremony among select Jews of Spanish descent; sometimes used to describe Jews of North-African and Middle-Eastern descent. The term also describes the customs and practices of these Jews, often in comparison to those of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews. communities. A ‘zeved’, is a gift, as emerges from the verse in The Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general. where the matriarch The third of the Jewish matriarchs, Lead is the eldest of Lavan's daughters and one of the wives of Jacob. She is the daughter whom Lavan tricks Jacob into marrying instead of his younger daughter Rachel, whom Jacob has requested to marry. Leah is mother to six of the the twelve tribes and to one daughter, Dinah. names her son Zevulun, explaining, ‘God has endowed me with a good dowry (zeved)’ (Genesis 30:20). In the following verse we are told, ‘And afterwards she bore a daughter and called her name Dina is Jacob's only daughter and the sister of the twelve tribes..’ The word zeved is a contraction of the first two letters of ‘Zevulun’ and the first letter of ‘Dina’. In choosing the name ‘zeved’, the parents give expression to their sentiment that their daughter is a gift from God.