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.”
I’m having lots of guests from very different backgrounds over for the Seder, and I don’t want people to have to stay out too late.