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!
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
An aufruf is a formal presentation to the congregation of the intended couple very soon to be married. The word is Yiddish, אויפרוף (often pronounced
Many think of Shavu’ot as the time for graduations, and that it is! We also celebrate the spiritual awakening of our people with the giving
An Israeli national holiday, יום ירושלים or Jerusalem Day commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in
An omer is a tenth of an ephah. These are dry measures that were used in ancient times. An “omer” may also mean a “sheaf”