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Why were Torah readings established for Mondays and Thursdays?

Question: Why did Ezra prescribe Torah reading on Monday and Thursdays and not other days? Much interested to know, Chaim Answer: The Talmud...

Parshat Noach

Parashat Noach Toward the end of parashat Noach, the Torah relates the story of the Tower of Babel.1 According to the oral Torah, the king who...

Does a Bar Mitzvah boy have to read the Torah in public?

Reading from the Torah is an honor, not an obligation. A person becomes Bar Mitzvah regardless of whether he is called to the Torah or not (See...

Why is the Torah portion about the Exodus read in the winter if Passover is in the spring?

Question: How come we read the Passover story in the Torah around February, but the holiday of Passover is not celebrated until April? All the best,...

How can selling aliyahs be permitted on Shabbat & holidays if business transactions are prohibited?

Question: I understand that doing business transactions on holidays and Shabbat is prohibited. I am looking for an explanation that can justify Rabbis...

Noah and the Flood: "Apocalypse"

Part IThe embattled old men of the Marina Roscha synagogue in the north of Moscow understood the message of Noah and the Flood better than most. At least...

Parshah Overview: Vayakheil & Pekudei

Vayakheil The last two parashiot of the Book of Exodus, Vayakheil and Pekudei, relate how Moses and the people fulfilled G-d’s instructions to build...

Parshah Overview: Ki Tisa

The subject matter of parashat Tisa is problematic from several perspectives. The parshah begins with a miscellany of details regarding the priestly...

Parshah Overview: Tetzaveh

In parashat Terumah, we saw God instruct the Jewish people how to build the Tabernacle, the means by which He would dwell both in this world and within...

Parshah Overview: Terumah

God created this physical world in order to make it His home. This goal was achieved for an elusive moment when the world was first created, but the...