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To get some understanding of the varying customs, let’s begin by explaining why some repeat it at all.
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
I recently saw a video about a fellow who tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Meaning of Kosher
The Hebrew word “kosher” literally means “fit.” The laws of kosher define the foods that are fit for consumption for a Jew
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.
For all practical purposes, Israelite is synonymous with Jew or Hebrew.
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.