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The Secret of a Twice-a-year Jew

There is a very good reason most Jews only go to temple twice a year. We go to a holy place, we go during a holy day, but we don’t necessarily...

Why does it cost so much for "tickets"? Is that the spirit of the day?

On Rosh Hashanah, the whole world is judged. It doesn't matter who has tickets (or the money to pay for them) or not. Because G-d values so much Jewish...

What is the Kabbalistic significance of the "Plag Haminchah"?

The Human Temple: The Temple contained two altars: the Copper Altar, situated in the Temple courtyard, and the Golden Altar, located in the...

When do I pray Musaf?

You may pray Musaf as soon as you have completed the Shacharit prayer. Preferably it should be recited before one hour* after midday**, however, it may be...

When do I pray Minchah?

The time for praying Minchah commences one half hour* after midday**. Minchah should be recited before sunset, but if one neglected to pray before sunset,...

When do I pray Shacharit?

One may pray Shacharit any time after dawn, but preferably, the Amidah shouldn't be recited until sunrise. However, all the preliminary prayers (the...

What is Plag Haminchah?

In the summer months, many synagogues elect to pray the Maariv prayer before nightfall. Similarly, these communities usher in the Shabbat on Friday...

On which days of the year is Tachanun omitted from the prayers?

Tachanun is omitted from the prayers on Shabbat, all the major holidays and festivals (including Chol Hamoed), Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and Purim. The...

Why we sometimes substitute “Hashem" and/or "Elokeinu” for the name of G-d

Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to askmoses. How can I be of help today?j: Why do we substitute “Hashem Elokeinu” for the name of G-d when we are...

Me, myself and You

Who are You? Yes, yes, I know You are omnipotent and omnipresent. But that doesn’t help me. That doesn’t answer my question. In our...