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!
Yom HaAliyah is an Israeli national holiday. It is celebrated both on 10 Nisan and on 7 Heshvan—the latter being the school celebration, occurring this coming
Last week, in our discussion of Gog and Magog, we mentioned the Sibylline Oracles. We wondered about them, too. Sometimes called the pseudo-Sibylline Oracles, these
On the Shabbat in the middle of Sukkot (“Shabbat hol hamo’ed Sukkot”) we read a haftarah from the book of Ezekiel (38:18-39:16) discussing Gog of
Why Do All Past Presidents Take Out Their Sifrei Torah and Walk Around the Sanctuary at Kol Nidrei? Originally published September 21-22, 2018.
During Kol Nidrei we traditionally hold at least two Sifrei Torah, Torah scrolls. Many congregations have transformed this into conferring the honor of holding Sifrei
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we set aside our prayer books – our siddurim – and pray with mahzorim instead. Why does this book
We have been hearing this word for a week now. Selihot (סְלִיחוֹת) generically are communal penitential prayers for forgiveness. We say them on fast days,