I’ve Always Wondered
The Rabbi’s Assistant answers questions that someone might be too shy to ask.
Please contact us if you have questions about Congregation Beth Shalom, synagogue life, Jewish history or practices, why we do what we do at the times when we do, etc. We can learn together.
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!
If you were fortunate enough to attend the concert this past Monday, in which the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, along with Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Rodef
Last week, in discussing Mi Shebeirakh, we mentioned that it first appeared in the 13th century, in the Mahzor Vitri. So what is that book?
Near the end of the Torah reading part of a service, someone pulls out a “Mi Shebeirakh” list. Just what is that? We colloquially make
When, in the course of life, someone passes away, Jewish tradition has many words which get bandied about. Here are a few, may you be
In this week’s parashah (portion of the Torah) we read about manna. It is described as a fine, scale-like thing, fine as the hoar-frost on
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