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!
Why Do All Past Presidents Take Out Their Sifrei Torah and Walk Around the Sanctuary at Kol Nidrei? Originally published September 21-22, 2018.
During Kol Nidrei we traditionally hold at least two Sifrei Torah, Torah scrolls. Many congregations have transformed this into conferring the honor of holding Sifrei
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we set aside our prayer books – our siddurim – and pray with mahzorim instead. Why does this book
We have been hearing this word for a week now. Selihot (סְלִיחוֹת) generically are communal penitential prayers for forgiveness. We say them on fast days,
This week’s portion is Parashat Ki Tavo, which includes the Tokhehah (תּוֹכֵחָה), generally known as the verses of rebuke and warning, which will be chanted
In our Faye Rubenstein Weiss Sanctuary, a beautiful room, the flame-like wrought-iron light above the Ark is the Ner Tamid, the Eternal Light. We have
A mezuzah (מְזוּזָה , literally “door jamb,” pluralמְזוּזוֹת mezuzot) consists of a piece of parchment enclosed in a case. The parchment (the “klaf”) holds verses