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Why do people throw sweets at the groom on the Shabbat before his wedding?

The candy throwing ritual is known as an "Aufruf." It is customary to call up (aufruf = the Yiddish word which means to call up) the groom to...

Who wears a tallit during prayers?

In most Ashkenazi communities, men begin to wear the tallit only after marriage. Once one begins to wear a tallit during prayer, one doesn’t stop...

When are the Ten Commandments read in the synagogue?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? JM56348: When do we read the Ten Commandments Rabbi Shlomo Chein: On...

Can you summarize the fifty-four portions of the Torah?

 Bereishit (Genesis) Bereishit: Creation in six days. The story of the Tree of Knowledge and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden....

What is Parshat HaChodesh?

Parshat HaChodesh is a special section of the Torah (Exodus 12:1-20) which is read on the Shabbat before the month of Nissan. Or, if Rosh...

Why do we only read the Torah-scroll in the synagogue during the daytime?

Originally, the Maariv service was not mandatory. Therefore the Torah was always read by day, when everyone was obligated to come to the synagogue to pray....

Can a Jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar mitzvah?

Rabbi Dov Schochet: Welcome... What's on your mind today? Rabbi Dov Schochet: hi Joanna: Can A jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar...

What is the Torah reading for Chanukah?

Chanukah means "dedication" and it is a holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple after a period of enemy occupation. So...

What is a Chatan Torah, and what is a Chatan Bereishit?

On Simchat Torah we conclude the Torah as part of the yearly cycle of its reading, and immediately begin a new cycle, starting from Bereishit (Genesis)....

What determines the section of the Torah read every Shabbat and on holidays?

Moses instituted that a portion of the Torah be read publicly on every Shabbat. For this purpose the Torah was divided into 54 portions and every Shabbat...