Q & A: Saying ‘Amen’ Right Before Shema (Part IV)

Question: Should the congregation say “Amen” after the berachah of “habocher b’amo Yisrael b’ahavah” (right before Shema)? I have seen different shuls do different things.M. Goldman

Q & A: Saying ‘Amen’ Right Before Shema (Part III)

Question: Should the congregation say “Amen” after the berachah of “habocher b’amo Yisrael b’ahavah” (right before Shema)? I have seen different shuls do different things.M. Goldman

Q & A: Saying ‘Amen’ Right Before Shema (Part II)

Question: Should the congregation say “Amen” after the berachah of “habocher b’amo Yisrael b’ahavah” (right before Shema)? I have seen different shuls do different things.M. Goldman

Q & A: Saying ‘Amen’ Right Before Shema (Part I)

Question: Should the congregation say “Amen” after the berachah of “habocher b’amo Yisrael b’ahavah” (right before Shema)? I have seen different shuls do different things.M. Goldman

Q & A: The Lunar Leap Year (Part II)

Question: Why is there an extra month in the Jewish calendar every few years? And who decides whether a particular year should be a leap year or not?Name Withheld Toronto, Ontario

Q & A: The Lunar Leap Year (Part I)

Question: Why is there an extra month in the Jewish calendar every few years? And who decides whether a particular year should be a leap year or not? Name Withheld Toronto, Ontario

Q & A: Kavod HaTzibbur – Can A Congregation Forgo It?

Question: Whenever an activity is prohibited because of kavod hatzibbur (the dignity of the congregation), may a kehilla decide that the activity does not offend them?Menachem

Q & A: Two Bar Mitzvah Boys On The Same Day (Part II)

How do we schedule two bar mitzvahs in shul on the same Shabbos as well as two catered affairs on their birthday?... The Rabbi in a Small Community

Q & A: Two Bar Mitzvah Boys On The Same Day (Part I)

How do we schedule two bar mitzvahs in shul on the same Shabbos as well as two catered affairs on their birthday?... The Rabbi in a Small Community

Q & A: Idol Worship? (Part IV)

Question: What did our sages mean when they said that anyone who resides outside the Land Israel is like an idol worshipper? Is that what all of us residing outside Israel are – idol worshippers?M. Goldblum

Q & A: Idol Worship? (Part III)

Question: What did our sages mean when they said that anyone who resides outside the Land Israel is like an idol worshipper? Is that what all of us residing outside Israel are – idol worshippers?M. Goldblum

Q & A: Idol Worship? (Part II)

Question: What did our sages mean when they said that anyone who resides outside the Land Israel is like an idol worshipper? Is that what all of us residing outside Israel are – idol worshippers?M. Goldblum (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Idol Worship?

Question: What did our sages mean when they said that anyone who resides outside the Land of Israel is like an idol worshipper? Is that what all of us residing outside Israel are – idol worshippers?M. Goldblum (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Which Shoe First?

Question: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch states that a person should put on his right shoe first but tie his left shoe first. Why?Y. Malinsky

Q & A: Should I Wear Tefillin On Chol HaMoed?

Question: My custom is not to don tefillin on Chol HaMoed. What should I do if I go to a shul that has the opposite custom?M. Jakobowitz

Q & A: Waving The Lulav

Question: In which direction should a person wave the lulav first?Menachem

Q & A: Wherefore Ne’ilah?

Question: Why do we recite a fifth prayer – Ne’ilah – on Yom Kippur but on no other day of the year?G. Goodman

Q & A: Elul – The Gateway To Repentance (Part II)

Question: How should one do teshuvah during this Elul and Yamim Nora’im season?Zvi Unger

Q & A: Elul – The Gateway To Repentance (Part I)

Question: How should one do teshuvah during this Elul and Yamim Nora’im season?Zvi Unger

Q & A: Who Was Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes? (Part III)

Question: I’ve always been intrigued by the large assemblage that gathers at the gravesite of R. Meir Ba’al HaNes in Tiberias on his yahrzeit, the 14th of Iyar. Why is such attention directed to his gravesite, in particular?F. Hager

Q & A: Who Was Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes? (Part II)

Question: I’ve always been intrigued by the large assemblage that gathers at the gravesite of R. Meir Ba’al HaNes in Tiberias on his yahrzeit, the 14th of Iyar. Why is such attention directed to his gravesite, in particular?F. Hager

Q & A: Who Was Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes? (Part I)

Question: I’ve always been intrigued by the large assemblage that gathers at the gravesite of R. Meir Ba’al HaNes in Tiberias on his yahrzeit, the 14th of Iyar. Why is such attention directed to his gravesite, in particular?F. Hager

Q & A: Avot – Five Chapters Or Six?

Question: Why do some people have the custom to study Mishnayot for the departed? Also, does Pirkei Avot have five chapters or six? In my Mishnayot, it has five, but in my siddur it has six.Harold Klein

Q & A: The 15th Of Av

Question: If the fast of Tisha B’Av concludes the mourning period for the destruction of the Temple, why wait until the 15th of Av to rejoice?Sara Gutman

Q & A: Tisha B’Av Restrictions

Question: Since learning Torah on Tisha B’Av is forbidden, why are we allowed to read from the Torah at Shacharit and Mincha of Tisha B’Av? (And is an aveil also forbidden to learn Torah?)Menachem

Q & A: Shehecheyanu During The Three Weeks

Question: Why is saying Shehecheyanu prohibited during the Three Weeks? How is it different than other blessings?M. Jakobowitz Philadelphia, PA

Q & A: Bal Tachshit During The Nine Days (Part II)

Question: May a person eat leftover Shabbos meat in the Nine Days so as not to violate the prohibition of bal tashchit (wastefulness)?Rabbi Yaakov Spivak Rosh Kollel, Kollel Ayshel Avraham Monsey, NY

Q & A: Bal Tashchit During The Nine Days (Part I)

Question: May a person eat leftover Shabbos meat in the Nine Days so as not to violate the prohibition of bal tashchit (wastefulness)?Rabbi Yaakov Spivak Rosh Kollel, Kollel Ayshel Avraham Monsey, NY

Q & A: Manoach’s Wife (Part II)

Question: In the haftara for Parashat Naso, we read about Manoach’s wife (mother of Shimshon), seeing things that her husband did not. We are never told, however, what her name is. Why?Yossy Guttman

Q & A: Manoach’s Wife (Part I)

Question: In the haftara for Parashat Naso, we read about Manoach’s wife (mother of Shimshon), seeing things that her husband did not. We are never told, however, what her name was. Why?Yossy Guttman

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