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Why is the Tallit worn during prayers?

During the morning prayers, it is customary to don a tallit gadol (“big tallit”)—a prayer shawl. Wearing a tallit is the ideal way...

I know limited Hebrew, can I pray in English?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Cleo: I know limited Hebrew, does Hashem hear my prayers in...

How long must a journey be in order to necessitate Tefilat Haderech?

A person is required to recite the Tefilat Haderech whenever going on a journey whose duration is more than 72 minutes. This time begins after departing...

How did the prayers come to include so many biblical passages?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Sasha: prayer Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok Sasha: More specifically - The...

Is it called "Amidah," or "Shmoneh Esrei"?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? reckless: Is the major prayer during Shabbat services called the...

Why are most synagogues and temples named Beth.......?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, what's on your mind today? Sherlock: Names of temples. Why are most of them named Beth? Rabbi...

Why do people wash their hands before prayer?

“Prepare yourself to meet your God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). “I wash my hands in purity, and circle around Your altar, O Lord. To...

Rabbi Gurkow explains different synagogue-related terms and titles

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Alfred: what is the role of gabbai in the synagogue...what...

What is the reason for the Mechitzah in the synagogue?

Two Jews three opinions. Here are three reasons why Jewish law mandates two sections in the synagogue1. Attraction is Distraction More than gravity pulls...

My JetBlue Minyan

I am on my way to Israel on El Al for a Bar Mitzvah of one of our Chabad members.  It’s 11:30 P.M. and, along with 450 other passengers, I am...