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Mitzvot & Jewish Customs

Mitzvot & Jewish Customs

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The beit din still has an important function today.
The Torah Prohibition Against Mixing Seeds or Species
The Torah forbids combining certain species of animals and plants in specific ways.
9 Steps to Crafting the Ultimate Dvar Torah
The practice of sharing a Torah thought is part of the fabric of Jewish life and an integral aspect of lifecycle events, communal gatherings, and even family get-togethers.
A blessing, a drink, an engagement party—it’s all that and more.
Derech eretz is so important that there is a minor tractate dedicated to the topic.
I have a friend who, whenever he says that he will or will not do something, always adds the disclaimer bli neder (lit. “without an oath”). What’s up with that?
Why is there a ritual way of slaughtering and preparing all kosher animals except for fish?
At times, the Jews in Israel are one portion ahead of the Jews in the rest of the world. How does this come about?
Would it not be better for me to keep this mitzvah between me and G‑d?
I have a strong desire to broaden my knowledge of my heritage, but I currently feel inadequate about pursuing these studies. Although I know how to read Hebrew, I do not understand a word of it. Should learning the language of the Torah not be my first priority?
He wears his kippah all the time. It’s such a rarity in our social circles, so it makes me feel uncomfortable and, at times, even ashamed.
Why the obsession with such insignificant details as how many ounces of matza do I eat, which spoon did I use for milk and which for meat, what is the right way to tie my shoelaces? It seems to me that this misses the bigger picture by focusing on minutiae
I find it interesting that when we do have an explanation for a particular custom, there's usually more than one reason. And when we don't have a reason, we nevertheless continue with the tradition...
When you use something physical, it gets “used up” and diminished. With spiritual things, the very opposite is the case
Rabbi, do you honestly believe that pressing a button to cross the road is considered doing work on the Sabbath? It doesn't seem so strenuous to me...
I like the idea of a day of rest. But why should I start my day of rest at a prayer service? Aren't there better ways to start my weekend?
The Talmud tells us that there are 613 commandments in the Torah; 248 Positive Commandments (do's) and 365 Negative Commandments (do not's). Here's a complete list --as compiled by Maimonides.
The six days of the week are the paradigm of diversity. Perhaps the braiding of the challah represents the idea of unity, how we tie everything together . . .