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!
At the Second Temple, there were steps leading up to a platform, behind which sat the Holy Ark. The Temple priests, the Kohanim (descendants of
The notion of a many-eyed many-sphered transporting creature (I envision something like an armillary sphere with eyes) which can travel in any direction and looks
What is that young man doing: what is involved with chanting Torah? Originally published April 13-14, 2018
What does it take to chant a Torah reading? Let’s get to the basics. The text in the Torah scroll is handwritten by a scribe
With thanks to Rob Menes for posing the question and providing some of the answer, let’s look at profanity. The English word has its roots
We talk about Elijah a lot. We sing about him every week at Havdalah, we hear his name at a brit milah, and in the
Basically, a kippah covers one’s head. While there is no mandate to do so in the Torah, one early reference to head covering is in