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What is the Hallel?

Hallel means praise. On Jewish holidays and Rosh Chodesh we are commanded to recite Psalms of praise to G-d. The medieval Jewish sages disagree whether...

On which days of the year is the Hallel recited during the prayers?

The complete Hallel is read on the seven days of the Festival of Sukkot, the two days of Shmini Atzeret-Simchat Torah, the eight days of Chanukah, the...

Why do we make such a big fuss about Kiddush Levanah?

It was taught in the academy of Rabbi Yishmael: Even if Israel merited no other privilege than to greet their Father in heaven once a month [during the...

What is Kiddush Levanah?

Towards the beginning of every Jewish new month, we go outside, look at the new moon,1 and recite a special blessing. This ritual is called “Kiddush...

Why do the Jewish holidays fall on different secular dates every year?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?tracy: Hi there, I was wondering if you can tell me why the Jewish...

Why don't we mention Rosh Chodesh in the Rosh Hashanah prayers?

a. The verse says (Psalms 81:4), "Blow the shofar at the moon's renewal, at the time appointed ("bakeseh") for our festive day."...

Why are there two days of Rosh Hashanah even in Israel?

Rosh Hashanah is observed for two days, both in and out of Israel. Biblically speaking the Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is just one day:...

Why don't we bless the month of Tishrei on the Shabbat beforehand?

On the Shabbat directly preceding the month of Tishrei we do not bless the incoming month during the Shabbat prayers as is traditionally done on the...

When and why do we recite Psalm 27?

Psalm 27 is recited twice daily from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the Holiday of Sukkot1. (Not including Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah).The...

Elul: A time to reinvigorate our spiritual selves

The Hebrew month of Elul is a time of spiritual preparation as we look forward to the imminent arrival of the High Holidays. There are several observances...