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Did the women actually sing? And why the musical instruments?
After the great miracle of the Splitting of the Sea, Moses led the Jewish people in singing praises to G‑d. The Torah then describes how Miriam led the women in singing their own song of praise, while dancing and playing musical instruments: Miriam, the p...
The secret hidden within the title
You may be familiar with the Tanya, the fundamental text of Chabad Chassidic philosophy. But why is it called by that name?
Tribal affiliation follows the direct paternal line, while the question of Jewishness follows the maternal line. Does this mean that genetic testing is a valid way of ascertaining whether one is Jewish or a kohen?
The refreshments almost always include chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and beer. To understand why, we need to understand the main reasons behind the shalom zachor.
The Jewish people have never stopped studying Torah, regardless of whether we’ve lived in times of prosperity or persecution . . .
People love to joke about the many ways to pronounce and spell Chanukah. But what does chanukah actually mean?
At the start of the chuppah marriage ceremony, it is customary for the bride to circle the groom counterclockwise (three or) seven times.
To understand why, we first need to examine why we wash our hands in the first place.
Many have the custom to simply make the time and place known, without inviting anyone in particular to attend. Here's why.
Mourners partake of a special meal, visitors bring a steady stream of food, and some have the custom not to remove food from the shivah home.
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