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And when do we double them up?
The Torah is split into 54 Torah portions (Parshiyot), and we usually read one Torah portion each Shabbat. However, there are 14 Parshiyot that, depending on the year, can potentially be paired together, so two Torah portions would be read on that Shabbat...
He entertains large groups of people, who make a lot of noise in their interactive class, AND he uses a microphone and amplifier so that no one in the vicinity of 20 miles misses his life-altering lessons.
I was reading up about Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement. It seems there were other rabbis called “Baal Shem.” But he was the only one called “Baal Shem Tov.” What is the distinction, and what does it even mean? Reply Let’...
And why doesn’t Chabad wear them?
To the uninitiated, it appears that many chassidim wear round fur hats called shtreimels on Shabbat and holidays, but I must point out that, in truth, there are different hats, with different names. One can often discern which chassidic group one belongs ...
Why did I have to waste so much time when I could have been doing this all along—something I love that contributes to others?
Are “rav” and “rabbi” not synonyms? And why do I need a personal rav? Isn’t it one Torah for everyone?
In the 16th-century Shabbat hymn “Lecha Dodi,” we welcome the Shabbat as both a bride and queen. Here’s why . . .
All my emotions—joy, sadness, frustration, anger, fear—are expressed in a big way. This can alienate people. Although they like having their feelings understood, they don’t seem to be able to deal with my outpouring of emotions.
Question: I am troubled by the fund raising that goes on this time of year in the Jewish world. I always imagined that these "Days of Awe" between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days for soul searching and spiritual yearning. It all seems soiled by the c...
I've always thought it was because the dough did not have enough time to rise, but now I've been told there are other reasons.