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Can you give me a quick primer for the Shabbat morning services?

As with the weekday service, the Shabbat shacharit morning service is divided into four sections: preliminary readings, pesukei d'zimra – Songs of...

If I violated Shabbat, do I keep on observing the rest of the day?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? David: on Shabbat if I for example broke it on Fri night by...

I am interested in observing Shabbat. Where do I start?

Although there are six hundred thirteen mitzvahs, Shabbat holds a special place in the life of a Jew and observance of Shabbat is considered to be in some...

Illuminating the reasons behind Jewish Law

Not infrequently we come across interpretations of Torah precepts in the light of rational thought and scientific discoveries. There has been a division...

If someone is ill, can they be driven to shul on Shabbat?

Question: My mother is the director of an Orthodox Shul, where my family has belonged for generations. My mom suffers from xxxxxx disorder, and cannot...

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...

Why can't my observant sister stay with us for Shabbat?

Question:My newly Orthodox sister is visiting from out of town. Although we have offered to accomodate her new traditions, she has chosen to spend...

Isn’t it old-fashioned not to drive on Shabbat?

It was never a fashion to begin with. It was and is a divine command. Fashions get old. Divine commands are eternally fresh and forever “in”.

What is the deeper significance of Shabbat as a day of rest?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Mimi: what is the deeper meaning and importance of shabbat as a...

How do we know that the "Seventh Day" mentioned in Torah corresponds to Saturday?

The 7th day, a.k.a. Shabbat, was around much before any Sabbath devised by the Romans. In Judaism—and this is also the case in Modern...