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I work full time, so I can’t cook anything very special for Shabbat . . .
Question: I have been invited over to a Chabad rabbi's home for a Friday night Shabbat meal. Is it proper for me to bring flowers, a bottle of wine, or some other sort of gift? I really don't want to turn up empty handed... Answer: How thoughtful of you! ...
All About Matzo Ball Soup and Kneidelach
Served in chicken soup, matzo balls are dumplings made of matzo meal (ground matzo), egg, oil, water and flavoring
The pure, simple, unadorned word challah means “a loaf of bread.” However, in halachic terms the word challah has a very specific definition, and colloquially it came to mean a certain type of bread thousands of years later. The halachic definition of cha...
“Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it” (Exodus 20:8). This verse is a Torah command to sanctify the Shabbat when it enters (Kiddush) and when it departs (Havdalah). The Sages instituted that this sanctification be accompanied by a cup of wine (or grape...
The word “kiddush” has at least three meanings, each one built on the one before it. Let’s start at the beginning.
Although I have not seen it documented, it seems that this originated with the mystics of Safed.
A series of fascinating reasons culled from more than 2 millennia of Jewish scholarship.
I noticed on Friday night at the meal that before you blessed the Challah, you made a small cut in one of the loaves. What is the meaning of this custom?
Question: My doctor recently ordered me off wheat. What do I do after Kiddush on Shabbat? Is there something else which I should eat instead of bread? Answer: First of all, let's understand why Kiddush must normally be followed by bread. The Talmud provid...
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