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Why don’t I see the rabbinic leaders in Israel spearheading a building campaign?
There are a number of reasons given for this custom, on both a basic level as well as a more esoteric one.
Could global warming be a sign that the Messiah is about to arrive? I learned that the Torah predicts that in the future the “covering of the sun” will be removed, and wicked people will melt in the intense heat. Maybe this is describing the hole in the o...
Why do we count up to Shavuot during the Omer instead of counting down? Isn't it a countdown from Passover to Shavuot?
Did you know that mourning for seven days is an ancient custom that predates the giving of the Torah? Learn all about it here.
Why Do We Make a Blessing on Fire on Saturday Night? The story of the havdalah candle goes back to the very first Shabbat in history
Question: I have always been fascinated by the havdalah ceremony, which marks the transition from Shabbat to the weekday. I know that we make a blessing on a special havdalah candle, but I never had the courage to ask why. What’s up with the flame? Reply:...
It’s something we do every year, and it forms a big part of the family Seder tradition. But why do we do it?
Was Matzah Always Hard and Thin? The history of crunchy matzah
I’ve heard people say that matzah used to be soft. Is this true? And if it is, can I use pita for my matzah?
I don’t get the whole prohibition of kitniyot. I can’t eat rice or peas because they may be mistaken for chametz, yet my local supermarket is selling kosher-for-Passover cakes!
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