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.
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Can’t the rabbis just stick to the ceremony and leave the catering to the caterers?
Question: Why do rabbis insist that the food at a wedding be kosher? Frankly, I don’t see why it should matter who the caterer is, and if I don’t usually keep kosher, why should my wedding be kosher? I understand you need a rabbi to oversee the ceremony, ...
Is there a real reason we are still missing this vital part of the Passover celebration?
The Bible states that Passover is on the 14th of Nissan, yet the Jewish calendar shows Passover starting the following night!
I could see why Esther would need to do that. But why would Mordecai, a righteous, observant Jew, be named after a Babylonian deity?
There are many fascinating accounts of the origin of this prayer.