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What is Tishah b'Av?

Tishah b'Av, also known as the 9th of Av, is one of the two annual 25 hour long fast days. Known as the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tishah b'Av is...

What can I use as a pre-existing flame on a holiday?

Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? candlelight: If I need to have a pre-existing flame to light...

On what holidays should a Yahrtzeit (memorial) candle be lit?

Question: Which are the holidays when I am supposed to light a Yahrtzeit candle? Answer: According to tradition, the Yahrtzeit candle should be lit for...

Why is the Torah portion about the Exodus read in the winter if Passover is in the spring?

Question: How come we read the Passover story in the Torah around February, but the holiday of Passover is not celebrated until April? All the best,...

Yizkor

On Yom Kippur, as on Sukkot, Passover and Shavouth, Jews assemble for Yizkor services to shed a tear and say a prayer for departed family and...

What is Yizkor?

You remain connected to those you were close to, even after they pass on. Judaism sees a dynamic relationship between family members in this life and...

What do I do if I forgot to set aside an Eruv Tavshilin?

When making his own Eruv Tavshilin, each rabbi covers for all members of his community. Thus, you can rely on his Eruv if you forgot to set aside your...

When is Yizkor recited?

Yizkor is recited following the morning Torah reading of: Yom KippurShmini Atzeretthe last day of Pesachthe second day of Shavuot See "How...

Holiday Season Isn't "Real Life"

Here's another area where Jewish and secular values greatly differ: holidays. Jewish life and "real" life both consist of workdays and...

On which days of the year are Tefillin not worn?

Tefillin are not worn on Shabbat and the major holidays when work is not done. They are:1 • Rosh Hashanah• Yom...