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!
A mezuzah (מְזוּזָה , literally “door jamb,” pluralמְזוּזוֹת mezuzot) consists of a piece of parchment enclosed in a case. The parchment (the “klaf”) holds verses
A Hebrew name is chosen, generally by parents, as are other names. A convert to Judaism chooses a Hebrew name, too. Jews have a tradition
Why Do We Sing “Tzur Yisrael” just before the Amidah, and Why Is that Berakhah After It? Originally published August 3-4, 2018
At the end of the pages of the Shema, on page 158 in Siddur Lev Shalem, we call out to God – usually in full-throated
A while back, in one of these columns, we discussed ofanim. We noted that they were among the angels mentioned in the Book of Enoch.
We do tend to get serious during the month of Av, but in the middle of the month is Tu Be’Av, the Day of Love!
What All Are We Supposed to Do on Tish’ah Be’Av (Beginning July 21)? Originally published July 13-14, 2018
We have heard why we observe Tish’ah Be’Av, the day in history on which so many negative things have befallen us. But sometimes we lose