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Is the Yom Tov Sheini an anachronism?
Question: I understand that in ancient times the rabbis decreed that Jews in the Diaspora should celebrate holidays for two days, because of some confusion about the correct day to celebrate. Nowadays, however, we have a fixed calendar, so why do we still...
The holidays are called moadim in Hebrew, from the word moed, which also means “appointment.”
But I have observed that some boxes of Neronim come with metal “lids,” specially designed to raise the candle above the troublesome spike.
When lighting the candles for Yom Tov, women recite the blessing of Shehecheyanu in addition to the blessing for kindling the lights for Yom Tov.
I’m wondering if it’s permitted to begin defrosting on the afternoon of the first day of Yom Tov something that we will eat that night?
The Talmud explains that as a very general rule, Hallel is recited on days that are called a mo’ed (holiday) in the Torah . . .
Question: I've recently started wrapping tefillin every morning and saying the Shema. Eventually, I hope to build from there, especially once I move to a Jewish community where this is a daily minyan. Like I said, I'm doing this every day. Now I'm told th...
Question: It says in the Torah that one should not touch the carcasses of swine. Does this mean that we should not wear Hush Puppy shoes (made of pigskin) or play football or rugby with a ball made of pig skin? Answer: In short, there is no prohibition ag...
The name is based on the verse in Psalms, “Bind [the] festival [offering] with cords to the corners of the altar.”
According to Jewish law, weddings are not scheduled for Chol Hamoed (whether the Chol Hamoed of Passover and Sukkot). The Talmud Moed Katan 8b. explains the reason for this injunction: "We do not confuse joy with joy." A wedding is a joyous occasion, and ...
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