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Parshah Overview: Mishpatim

The sequence of events covered in parashat Mishpatim appears quite confusing. In parashat Yitro, the Torah recounted all the preparations for the Giving...

Parshah Overview: Yitro

The central event of parashat Yitro is the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. All the events recorded in the Torah, beginning with the creation of the...

Parshah Overview: Beshalach

Parashat Beshalach encompasses many major events, both sublime and momentous: the first stages of the Exodus, the miraculous splitting of the Sea of Reeds...

Parshah Overview: Bo

Parashat Bo contains the narrative of the final three plagues, culminating in the dramatic release of the Jewish people from their oppressive exile and...

Overview of Parshat Shemot

In the Book of Exodus, we see the seeds planted by the forefathers sprout: their descendants are transformed into a nation, receive their code of...

Overview of Parshat Vaeira

Parashat Vaeira encompasses the first seven of the ten plagues, the cataclysms G-d utilized to demonstrate to the Jews, the Egyptians, and the whole world...

What is Maftir?

Maftir is the Aliyah which is given to the person who will recite the Haftorah (or the one who will recite the blessings for the Haftorah). Since the...

What are the Torah Readings for the High Holidays?

Rosh Hashanah On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we read from Genesis1 -- the story of Isaac's birth. The reading begins with the words,...

Anything different about the High Holiday Torah readings?

Yes, in fact the High Holiday readings are unique in several ways: • The melody (trop) used to read the Torah on these days is different than...

Why don't women get called up to the Torah in Orthodox synagogues?

Question: How do I explain to my friend why girls don't have Aliyahs [get called up to the Torah] in Orthodox synagogues?...