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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!
Even if Haman thought he was a god, shouldn't Mordechai have bowed down to him rather than risk the lives of the entire Jewish people?
"בורא מאורי האש" “Who created the lights of fire” QUESTION: What is the reason for looking at the fingernails? ANSWER: When Hashem created Adam, his whole body was covered with protecting nails. After he committed the sin of eating from the Tree of...
"על נהרות בבל שם ישבנו גם בכינו בזכרנו את ציון" “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also wept as we remembered Zion.” QUESTION: The word “gam” — “also” — is superfluous. It should simply say “yashavnu ubachinu” — “we sat and wept”? ANSWER: On the...
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