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By far the most difficult commandment for me to keep is Shabbat. I never seem to get everything done in time on Friday, and can't just leave it alone as I should. Can you help me?
Says the Talmud, Rabbi Eleazar used to give a coin to a poor man and immediately begin to pray.
I don’t want to seem fussy, but I don’t want to settle either. So what’s the best way to go about defining whom I want to date?
The Talmud tells us that when we pray, we should resemble the angels, about whom it is said, “Their legs were a straight leg . . .”
Although I have not seen it documented, it seems that this originated with the mystics of Safed.
I understand why we hold the fringes during the Shema, which mentions the mitzvah of tzitzit, by why for Baruch She’amar?
A series of fascinating reasons culled from more than 2 millennia of Jewish scholarship.
I recently started attending synagogue services on a regular basis. After we pray the Amidah silently, the chazzan (cantor) repeats it word for word. Why?
Why do we make such a big deal about this tragedy in particular?
The short and simple answer is that another name for matzah is lechem oni—“poor man's bread” or “bread of poverty.”