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What is the origin of the Torah-reading melody (“Trop”)?

Look into a Chumash or any book of the Tanach and you will notice small marks beneath or above every word. (This is aside for the standard vowel marks...

On which dates is the Haftorah chanted?

The Haftorah is read at the conclusion of the Torah reading during the Shabbat and major holiday1 morning service. On fast days the Haftorah is read after...

Why does one receiving an aliyah stand at the bimah until the next aliyah is over?

It wouldn’t be very respectful to flee the Torah’s presence the moment we’re done with the aliyah. “I really enjoyed the...

Why do people throw sweets at the groom on the Shabbat before his wedding?

The candy throwing ritual is known as an "Aufruf." It is customary to call up (aufruf = the Yiddish word which means to call up) the groom to...

Who wears a tallit during prayers?

In most Ashkenazi communities, men begin to wear the tallit only after marriage. Once one begins to wear a tallit during prayer, one doesn’t stop...

When are the Ten Commandments read in the synagogue?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? JM56348: When do we read the Ten Commandments Rabbi Shlomo Chein: On...

Can you summarize the fifty-four portions of the Torah?

 Bereishit (Genesis) Bereishit: Creation in six days. The story of the Tree of Knowledge and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden....

What is Parshat HaChodesh?

Parshat HaChodesh is a special section of the Torah (Exodus 12:1-20) which is read on the Shabbat before the month of Nissan. Or, if Rosh...

Why do we only read the Torah-scroll in the synagogue during the daytime?

Originally, the Maariv service was not mandatory. Therefore the Torah was always read by day, when everyone was obligated to come to the synagogue to pray....

Can a Jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar mitzvah?

Rabbi Dov Schochet: Welcome... What's on your mind today? Rabbi Dov Schochet: hi Joanna: Can A jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar...