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Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part II)

1 Sivan 5774 – May 29, 2014
Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Birkat HaGomel (Part I)

23 Iyyar 5774 – May 22, 2014
Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part IV)

16 Iyyar 5774 – May 15, 2014
Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part III)

9 Iyyar 5774 – May 8, 2014
Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part II)

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Pirkei Avot (Part I)

26 Nisan 5774 – April 25, 2014
Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part III)

15 Nisan 5774 – April 14, 2014
Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part II)

11 Nisan 5774 – April 10, 2014
Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part I)

4 Nisan 5774 – April 3, 2014
Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part V)

26 Adar II 5774 – March 27, 2014
Why does the Jewish leap year always consist of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part IV)

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
Why does the Jewish leap year always consist of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part III)

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
Tosafot (Sanhedrin 12a) offers a scriptural reason: to ensure that Adar will remain the twelfth month, as it is referred to in Megillat Esther (3:7).

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part II)

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Why does the Jewish leap year always consist of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Leap Year At Adar (Part I)

28 Adar I 5774 – February 27, 2014
Why does the Jewish leap year always consists of two Adars? Why specifically Adar? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part VIII)

21 Adar I 5774 – February 20, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part VII)

14 Adar I 5774 – February 13, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part VI)

7 Adar I 5774 – February 6, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part V)

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part IV)

23 Shevat 5774 – January 23, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

Q & A: Sabbath Shuttle? (Part IV)

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge.

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