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What is Pesukei D’zimra?

Pesukei d'zimra literally means verses of song (or praise). These are selected Scriptural passages that have been incorporated into the morning liturgy....

Why do we all use the same "impersonal" words for prayer?

The Torah1 instructs you to serve G-d with “all your hearts”. Our Sages explain this commandment as follows: a person must...

What is the significance of swaying back and forth during prayer?

The following is one of the explanations: The verse (Proverbs 20:27) states: "God's candle is man's soul." Just as a candle rises and falls as it...

Where did the Jews pray after the Temple was destroyed?

To answer briefly: in their hearts, which is where we always prayed. In fact the Temple Service did not include prayer. Those who were offering sacrifices...

What is the meaning of the word "Rabbi"?

The Hebrew word "Rabbi" actually means "master" and/or "teacher." It also has the same root as the Hebrew word for greatness = rav. Moses was the first one...

What is Kaddish?

Kaddish is a prayer of praise and sanctification of G-d. The Talmud declares allegorically that when Jewish people enter their synagogues and Houses of...

For how long is Kaddish recited following the passing of a family member?

A person recites Kaddish Yatom (Mourner's1 Kaddish) for a departed father or mother for 11 months.2 These are Jewish calendar (lunar) months. In a...

How long have there been rabbis leading the synagogues?

We can probably identify Moses as the very first rabbi of a synagogue – although the “synagogue” he served in was the Tabernacle, the...

The potent power of Psalms, and the proper times to recite them.

Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...Manuel: hiRabbi Latowicz: hiManuel: Could you explain to me why it's such a good thing to...

At what point during the prayers do I hold the fringes of the tallit in my hand?

Twice during the morning prayers it is customary to hold the fringes of the tallit in the hands: (a) During the Baruch she’amar one takes the two...