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Is it permitted to work on Purim?

Out of respect for the holiday, it is customary not to work on Purim.1 "Work" in this context is not the type of work prohibited on...

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In Manhattan there is a mistake as large as the main lobby of Grand Central Terminal. It is the painting on the ceiling of that lobby. Beautifully painted...

Why don't we shake the Four Species on Shabbat?

The reason why we do not shake the lulav, read the megillah or blow shofar on Shabbat is one. Rabbah, third century Talmudic scholar, explained the reason...

Are Tefillin worn on Purim?

Rabbi Yosef Loschak: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind purim_prayer: do sephardic jews wear tefillin on purim? Rabbi...

What should I do if I can't be in a synagogue for the megillah reading?

Question: I am in the middle of nowhere with no Jews for about a 50 mile radius. I have with me a book which contains the text of the megillah in Hebrew...

Do you have to be a Rabbi to read the Megillah?

One does not have to be a rabbi to read the Megillah. However, the person who is reading for the community – so that they can fulfill the obligation...

Why do we read the Megillah?

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi declared: “a person is obligated to read the Megillah at night and again during the day.”1 Rashi comments:...

How does a Purim which falls on Friday differ from the average Purim?

The four 'M's that we do every Purim are done this year as well:Megillah (hearing the Scroll of Esther)Mishloach Manot (Food gifts to...

Why do I have to go every Purim to hear the same story over again?

Let me suggest a number of reasons: 1. It’s not the “same story” every year; though the words haven’t changed in over 2,300 years....

Can I give anything (like clothes or CDs) for Mishloach Manot?

I admire your generosity! "Mishloach Manot” is the Hebrew term meaning “delivery portions,” and is also often called “shalach...