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Q&A How is the latest time for Channukah candles determined?

One may light Channukah candles ad shetichle regel min hashuk, until people stop walking through the market, because after that there would be no pirsumei nisa, advertisement of the miracle, outsid...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by rosends‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why do we sing while saying viduy?

Throughout Yom Kippur everyone says viduy (confession) numerous times. In the shuls that I have davened at (and I think most shuls), when everyone says it together during chazaras hashatz, there i...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A What is the difference between "an utterance of our lips" and "speech"?

In the Viduy (confessions) that we say as part of the Yom Kippur prayers, there's a section where we list a whole bunch of sins, saying "Al chet..." (for the sin...) before each one. Two of the sec...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A When was "Melech Elyon" first truncated, and why?

During Rosh Hashana davening, there's a piyut (liturgical poem) that appears before Untaneh Tokef, that begins "מלך עליון" (Melech Elyon). The commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, in the Koren ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Mithical‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Korbanot of Rosh Chodesh on R"H

During p'sukei d'zimra on a week day which is Rosh Chodesh, we add in, during the recitation of Korbanot, a paragraph about the sacrifices of Rosh Chodesh. On Shabbat, add in an extra paragraph wi...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Rosh Hashanah vs Rosh Chodesh

The beginning of the Jewish year is referred to as Rosh Hashanah. The beginning of the Jewish month is called Rosh Chodesh. How come Rosh Hashanah has a "hey" (ה) in it, while Rosh Chodesh does n...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A Lights for 24 hours or 3 hours on 8 days -- which is better?

One understanding of the Channukah miracle is that oil that should have lasted for 1 day lasted for eight and the famous question is "if it should have lasted for 1 day, then why is the miracle an ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by robev‭

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Q&A Purity and Channukah

I'm trying to figure something out about Channukah: When the victorious Jews cleaned the temple they found only enough oil to light the menorah for 1 day and it took another 7 days before they had...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by robev‭

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Q&A Why is cholam sometimes pronounced like segol (Chabad, Yom Kippur)?

I learned what I understand to be a S'fardi or maybe Israeli pronunciation of Hebrew. I'm aware of the differences between this and the usual Ashkenazi pronunciation. My question is about variati...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by msh210‭

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Challenges Weekly Topic Challenge #9: Shofar

posted 3y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What does a beginning shofar blower need to know to correctly make the sounds?

On Rosh Hashana I heard somebody say something like: if you can't get to a public shofar blowing, at least this is a commandment that is relatively easy to fulfill on your own -- most people, this ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Why not immerse in the early morning on erev Rosh Hashana?

Chaye Adam 138:5 writes: וראוי לכל אדם לטבול במקוה או בנהר ולא יקדים לטבול עד שעה קודם חצות היום In my own translation: It's seemly for every man to immerse in a ritualarium or a river [on the d...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What are the requirements for the body of water used for tashlich?

For tashlich I'm used to joining a group, and thus somebody else figures out where to do it. But there won't be groups this year. I could of course return to any of the locations we've used in th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A hearing half of a double-long תרועה

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 587:3, cites a view that if someone heard half of a double-long t'ki'a (long shofar blast) in a way that was effective but the other half in an invalid way, then he's n...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 3y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Can a woman blow the shofar during Elul for herself? Can anyone?

Does a woman fulfill the obligation to hear the shofar during Elul if she blows it for herself, or is this one of the mitzvot where a man (must? should?) perform the action on behalf of others? Fo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Blowing a Shofar with a mask over the wide end

Last night, as part of his weekly livestream COVID update, Rabbi Dr. Glatt quoted Rav Mordechai Willig that one should put a mask over the wide end of the Shofar while blowing to prevent spreading ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  edited 4y ago by MTL‭

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Q&A At what distance may one hear the shofar on Rosh Hashana?

Due to the pandemic, on Rosh Hashana1 some congregations will be blowing the shofar outdoors to mitigate the health risks. In an urban area, this means someone could stay safely far away and yet s...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A How does one pray Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur alone?

I'm somewhat competent in praying alone on weekdays and Shabbat, with the current pandemic providing a forcing function. I prefer to be part of a community and be able to rely on the sh'liach tzib...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Source for not referring to Chanuka lights as a "menora"

Following up on this question about the use of the words "menora" or "chanukiya" to refer to Chanuka lights: I find it interesting that the use of "chanukiya," popularized in 1897 through a secula...

0 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by Isaac Moses‭