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!
With a fast from dawn to dusk on Asara BeTevet, the tenth day of the month of Tevet, we remember the beginning of the siege
Those who have learned to read Hebrew (thankfully a phonetically pronounced written language) have been taught that a bet has a dot (a dagesh) in
Kaddish could generate dozens of these boxes. Many people learn that the Mourner’s Kaddish is the Kaddish, but although it is important, there are four
When we say the first (main) line of the Shema some congregants cover their eyes to facilitate concentrating more fully on the words. (The Shema
Just to annoy the stern Hebrew School teacher, who thought it sacrilege, occasionally Joe would inquire, “Barukh who?” and Herby would reply emphatically, “Barukh, schmo!”
“Amidah” means “standing.” When reciting the Amidah, the centerpiece of every service, we stand with our feet together in order to be more angelic (as