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Behind Jewish Customs

Tracing the origin and meaning of Jewish traditions

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The origin of raising a glass of wine together
Discover the history and significance of the custom to raise a cup of wine with well-wishes of L’Chaim to one another.
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10:21
The reason behind the common custom for tzitzit
Discover the halachic and mystical basis for the white fringes of tzitzit and the matching white Tallit shawl with black or blue stripes.
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On Friday night prior to reciting Kiddush, we sing Shalom Aleichem greeting the accompanying angels. What is the origin and meaning of this popular custom?
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11:40
Discover the reasons behind the practice to wear a dignified head covering especially during prayers.
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Why do many traditional Jewish men wear a sash (called a gartel) around their waste during prayers?
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