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Rabbi David Abudraham (14th century, Spain) writes that there had been an earlier custom for children to draw a picture or write the name of Haman on wood or stones
Queen Esther petitioned the sages to have it included in Scripture. The Men of the Great Assembly then rewrote it.
At the conclusion of each of the Five Books of Moses, the congregation stands and calls out “Chazak, chazak, venitchazek!” (“Be strong, be strong, and we will be strong!”).
The exact identity of the tachash has been a matter of great speculation. Learn about its history in this well-researched article.
Background: Why Is There a 13th Month? The Torah commands us to keep a lunar calendar. See Exodus 12:2. A lunar cycle is approximately 29.5 days, and a year of 12 lunar months contains 354 days. Jewish months alternate between 29 and 30 days in length. A ...
Can Humanoids Be Jewish?
The concept of man-made men (golems), and the question of their humanness (or lack thereof) has been discussed since Talmudic times.
The significance of the number forty
After the Giving of the Torah, Moses went up Mount Sinai for 40 days. What’s up with the number 40?
Does the possibility of serious brain injury (CTE) mean that playing in the NFL isn’t kosher?
Listen to interesting discussions on the “why” behind Jewish traditions with host Rabbi Menachem Posner together with Chabad.org’s expert scholar on everything Jewish, Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin, aka “Rabbi Y”.
On the Halachic Definition of a Tree
The definition of a tree according to Jewish law affects our everyday Jewish observance.
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