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!
Did I Go to Shul, Temple, or Synagogue? Or Was It Something Else? Originally Published February 1-2, 2019.
Of course our experience of our praying spaces is always “something else”! Used to be our assembly houses were known as exactly that –
As we read of the Jews fleeing Egypt, this past Wednesday in Hazzan Menes’ Coffee with the Cantor class we were reminded of our complex
The Aseret Hadibberot (עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת), the Ten Pronouncements (colloquially, the “Ten Commandments” or, from the Greek translation of the Hebrew, the “Decalogue”), appear next week
This year the New Year of the Trees, Tu Bishvat (ט”וּ בִּשְׁבָט), is a celebration of the blossoming of trees. The fruit of a tree
Shirat Hayam (שִׁירַת הַיָּם), the “Song of the Sea” (also known as “Az Yashir Moshe,” which is the first line), appears at Exodus 15:1, which
Tahanun (תַּחֲנוּן) or “supplication” is also sometimes called “nefilat appayim,” which means “falling on the face.” It is a part of the morning (Shaharit) service