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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...

What type of work is forbidden on Shabbat and Holidays?

A. The Torah1 says, "Do not perform melachah on Shabbat." Melachah means work. But what's "work?" The melachot, plural for labors...

Why is playing a musical instrument forbidden on a Jewish holiday (and Shabbat, too)?

Question: Members of my synagogue hope to play guitars this Simchat Torah when they will dance with the Torah scrolls. I told the synagogue board that...

Is it permitted to cook on Yom Tov (biblical holidays)?

Cooking is generally allowed on Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Passover and Shavuot, (although all other activities that are...

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...

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...

Under what circumstances is it permitted to desecrate Shabbat?

Only when a life is in danger is it permitted (and necessary) to desecrate the Shabbat. [All the laws of the Torah -- with the exception of the...

On which Jewish holidays is work forbidden?

General Note: The “work” you ask about is any of the 39 forbidden labors prohibited to perform on Shabbat, with the exception of cooking...

On which days is it improper to clip ones nails?

– It is forbidden to pare finger or toenails on Shabbat and any major Jewish holiday (with the exception of Chanukah and Purim)....