Shabbat Zachor

Shabbat Zachor (“Sabbath [of] remembrance שבת זכור) is the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (at the end of Parasha Ki Teizei), describing the attack by Amalek, is recounted.

Saturday Sabbath prayers

Saturday (Shabbat) morning prayer Shema, Yisra’el! YHVH ELOHAYNU YHVH echad. U’ahavtah YHVH ELOHAYCHA, v’kole levav’cha, v’kole nefeshcah, v’kole meod’cha; v’ahav’cha l’reacha kemo’cha. Baruch atah ADONAI ELOHAYNU, melek ha’olam, asher natan lanu derek ha’teshuvah. Hear now and do, Yisra’el! YHVH our ELOHIYM, YHVH, is one. And you shall love YHVH your ELOHIYM, with all your heart,…

Fast of Tisha Be’av / Falls Out on Motza’ei Shabbat

Those Who are Obligated and Exempt from the Fast of Tisha Be’av and their Status when Tisha Be’av Falls Out on Motza’ei Shabbat Someone Ill with a Non-Life-Threatening Illness, An Elderly Person, and a Woman who has Recently Given Birth One who is ill (meaning when one is actually bedridden and the like, even if…

Parshas Tazria-Metzorah

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st Aliya: The laws of purity and impurity as they pertain to child-birth are discussed. The basic laws of…

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Today Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so…

A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

Question: If one is staying as a guest at one’s parents’ or in-laws’ home for Shabbat Chanukah, where should one light Chanukah candles on Motza’ei Shabbat? Answer: Regarding a married individual who is staying as a guest at his father’s home, according to the Sephardic custom that only the head of the household lights Chanukah…

Laws of Candle-Lighting on Rosh Hashanah

Lighting Candles on Rosh Hashanah and Preparing on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah for the Second The Laws of Candle-Lighting on Rosh Hashanah On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Tov we customarily light candles before the onset of Yom Tov similar to the way we light them on Erev Shabbat. If the…

Leil Selichot / סליחות

Selichot or slichot (Hebrew: סליחות) are Jewish penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, and on Fast Days. In the Ashkenazic tradition, it begins on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. If, however, the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday, Selichot are…

Pirkei Avos – Chapter 5, Mishna 8(b)

Pirkei Avos What’s Special About Sabbath? Part II Chapter 5, Mishna 8(b) By Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld “Ten things were created on the Sabbath eve at twilight. They are: the mouth of the earth [which swallowed Korach and his co-conspirators] (Numbers 16:32), the mouth of the well [which accompanied Israel in the desert], the mouth of…

Pirkei Avos Chapter 5, Mishna 8(a)

What’s Special About Sabbath? Part I By Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld “Ten things were created on the Sabbath eve at twilight. They are: the mouth of the earth [which swallowed Korach and his co-conspirators] (Numbers 16:32), the mouth of the well [which accompanied Israel in the desert], the mouth of the donkey [which rebuked Balaam] (ibid.,…