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!
We do tend to get serious during the month of Av, but in the middle of the month is Tu Be’Av, the Day of Love!
What All Are We Supposed to Do on Tish’ah Be’Av (Beginning July 21)? Originally published July 13-14, 2018
We have heard why we observe Tish’ah Be’Av, the day in history on which so many negative things have befallen us. But sometimes we lose
Marc Zakharovich Chagall was born on July 7, 1887, in Vitebsk, Belarus, Russia. He was an artist. After studying from 1907-1910 in Saint Petersburg at
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