I’ve Always Wondered
The Rabbi’s Assistant answers questions that someone might be too shy to ask.
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In other words, if you are saying to yourself, “I’ve always wondered…” then you should be asking the Rabbi’s Assistant. I don’t let on as to who is asking!
The Kedushah, the third berakhah of the Amidah, comes in several forms in and out of the Amidah, but always has “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh Adonai
Generally speaking, a gabbai (feminine: gabba’it) is appointed to serve to distribute honors for a service and to conduct (stage manage) some of the ritual.
The months of Adar, Heshvan, and Kislev have variable numbers of days – either 29 or 30. Also, in leap years, we have a whole
Pirkei Avot פרקי אבות)), which translates to Chapters of the Fathers, consists of the ethical teachings which were passed down (it says) from Moses through
“Tefillin” is actually plural for tefillah, prayer, but the concept is really neither singular nor plural. The tefillin, which are also called “phylacteries” (a Greek
What is all the pomp and circumstance in the Torah service? Part 2 of 2 (last week had Part 1) Originally published January 19-20, 2018
The Sefer Torah is the only book we decorate with velvet mantel, velvet gartel (the belt that goes around its waist, literally “belt” in Yiddish),