Q & A: Why Does Hallel Come Before Keriat HaTorah? (Part I)

On those days that we recite Hallel, why do we do so before Keriat HaTorah? Shouldn’t the Torah reading come first based on the rule that whenever two matters face us, we do the more frequent one first (tadir v’she’eino tadir, tadir kodem)? Menachem

Q & A: Hot Water Thanks To A Shabbos Clock (Conclusion)

Question: Is one permitted to use an electric hot water urn controlled by a Shabbos clock to boil water on Shabbat? Yisrael W.

Q & A: Hot Water Thanks To A Shabbos Clock (Part I)

Question: Is one permitted to boil water in an electric hot water urn on Shabbos if the urn is controlled by a Shabbos clock? Yisrael W.

Q & A: A Matter Of Nusach (Part II)

Question: I am an Ashkenazi Jew. I daven nusach Sefarad, but lately I find myself in a congregation that davens nusach Ashkenaz. May I join them in prayer and, if yes, in what manner? Name Withheld by Request

Q & A: A Matter Of Nusach (Part I)

Question: I am an Ashkenazi Jew. I daven nusach Sefarad, but lately I find myself in a congregation that davens nusach Ashkenaz. May I, and in what manner, join them in prayer? Name Withheld by Request

Q & A: The Chanukah Candles And Danger

Question: The Gemara says the menorah should be placed outside the front door of one’s house but can be placed inside if one is worried about anti-Semitism. But how does placing the menorah solve this problem? Won’t the candles be seen through the window? And if the gentiles are really hostile, can’t they search our homes? Menachem

Q & A: Forgetting To Mention Rain In The Amidah (Part II)

Question: Recently the chazzan in my shul created a stir when he didn’t include the proper mention of rain during chazaras hashatz. Our rabbi didn’t require him to repeat the Amidah, but many congregants felt the rabbi erred and murmured their discontent. Who was right and how can we, in a tactful way, prevent such a lapse from occurring again? A Concerned Congregant

Q & A: Forgetting To Mention Rain In The Amidah (Part I)

Question: Recently the chazzan in my shul created a stir when he didn’t include the proper mention of rain during chazaras hashatz. Our rabbi didn’t require him to repeat the Amidah, but many congregants felt the rabbi erred and murmured their discontent. Who was right and how can we, in a tactful way, prevent such a lapse from occurring again? A Concerned Congregant

Q & A: The First To Repent

Question: Both Adam and Cain repented, yet our sages extol Reuben, who lived many generations later, as the first man to repent. Why? Moshe Jakobowitz

Q & A: The Law Of The Land

Question: I’ve been told that I should follow all the directives of the government during the current pandemic even though these directives seem to impinge upon our religious lifestyle. I’ve heard that dina d’malchuta dina is the overriding factor here. Is that so? Zelig Aronson

Q & A: Cheshvan Or Marcheshvan? (Conclusion)

Question: I see that some people refer to the month of Cheshvan as Marcheshvan. Which is correct? Nachman M.

Q & A: Cheshvan Or Marcheshvan?

Question: I see that some people refer to the month of Cheshvan as Marcheshvan. What’s the month’s real name? Nachman M.

Q & A: Wearing A Mask

Question: This pandemic has created many difficulties for me. One of the most annoying is the mask requirement, especially in shul, where I spend many hours. Aren’t our First Amendment rights being trampled? Shouldn’t this be explained to the authorities in very clear terms? Name Withheld

Q & A: Why Fault Man?

Question: Since G-d knows the future, isn’t our choice very limited? If so, how can man be faulted for any missteps he makes? Zvi Kirschner

Q & A: Etrog Jelly

Question: May one eat etrog jelly on Simchat Torah? A Reader Miami, FL

Q & A: Why Two Days?

Question: A while back you wrote at length about ibur, the intercalation of the year, and noted that we rely today on a fixed calendar rather than the testimony of witnesses to determine the starting days of various yamim tovim. My question is – and I’m sure I’m not the first to ask this: Why do we continue to celebrate two days of yom tov nowadays when we have a fixed calendar and know exactly when each festival starts? Aryeh Roth

Q & A: To Fast Or Not To Fast?

Question: I was recently told by my physician that I shouldn’t fast on Tisha B’Av or Yom Kippur for health reasons. However, I feel very uncomfortable following this directive as I have never eaten on these two fast days in my life. What should I do? No Name Please

Q & A: When All Of Humanity Are In Need Of Prayer

Question: How should we regard the current pandemic with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur upon us? Is there a special prayer or specific role for prayer when the totality of humanity is in danger? M. Sorkin

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XX)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Women Davening This Rosh Hashanah

Question: How should shuls deal with coronavirus space and time constraints this Rosh Hashanah? Should separate women’s minyanim be organized outside shul? A Reader

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XIX)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XVIII)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XVII)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XVI)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XV)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XIV)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XIII)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XII)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part XI)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

Q & A: Making Up For What We Missed (Part X)

Question: The Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to almost all public gatherings; hence, much of Jewish congregational ritual has come to a halt. Is there a way to make up for everything we missed? M. Goldman

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