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!
One night last week you attended services at 7:00 at Beth Shalom, and there was no detectable Minhah service? So is it still an official
We seem to mention the Apocrypha fairly often. The answer to what they are is not simple. From the Greek (meaning “obscure”) through Medieval Latin
The leader is repeating the Amidah, at the Fifth Berakhah, which contains “Modim Anahnu Lakh.” Just before “Modim,” the leader says, “Barukh Atah [Hashem], hamahazir
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