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What is the meaning of the word "Rabbi"?

The Hebrew word "Rabbi" actually means "master" and/or "teacher." It also has the same root as the Hebrew word for greatness = rav. Moses was the first one...

How long have there been rabbis leading the synagogues?

We can probably identify Moses as the very first rabbi of a synagogue – although the “synagogue” he served in was the Tabernacle, the...

Why are most synagogues and temples named Beth.......?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, what's on your mind today? Sherlock: Names of temples. Why are most of them named Beth? Rabbi...

Rabbi Gurkow explains different synagogue-related terms and titles

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Alfred: what is the role of gabbai in the synagogue...what...

What is the reason for the Mechitzah in the synagogue?

Two Jews three opinions. Here are three reasons why Jewish law mandates two sections in the synagogue1. Attraction is Distraction More than gravity pulls...

The Secret of a Twice-a-year Jew

There is a very good reason most Jews only go to temple twice a year. We go to a holy place, we go during a holy day, but we don’t necessarily...

Why does it cost so much for "tickets"? Is that the spirit of the day?

On Rosh Hashanah, the whole world is judged. It doesn't matter who has tickets (or the money to pay for them) or not. Because G-d values so much Jewish...

Why is the Chanukah Menorah lit in the synagogue?

In days bygone, the synagogue was the center of the Jewish community. Morning and evening, the entire community would gather there to offer prayers to...

Can I drive on Shabbat if it is my only way to get to the synagogue?

Disappointing as it may sound, the answer is no. It is disappointing because which Jew doesn’t want to be in a synagogue on Shabbat? After all, the...

Why is it important to pray in a synagogue?

It is actually vital for a Jew to attend the synagogue for prayers every day of the week. Our sages tell us that since the destruction of the Holy Temple...