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Rabbi Yosef Resnick

Rabbi Yosef Resnick is a certified scribe, Torah educator, professional musician, and writer. His column on chassidut and parenting appears regularly in Natural Jewish Parenting magazine. He resides in Sharon, Massachusetts, with his wife and four children.


Articles by this author:

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Does synagogue prayer include music and singing?

The short answer is yes. But it’s not so simple. (Is anything in Judaism?) Let’s take a deeper look at the answer. “There are nigunim (songs) of joy, and nigunim of bitterness. Both of these, joy and bitterness, have known and fixed times, each one in its own proper time. However, in general,...

What is the origin of the prayer for the welfare of the government?

The “prayer for the welfare of the government” (in Hebrew, "t'filla b'shlomah shel malchut" ) is found in some siddurim after the Torah reading. In synagogues where it is recited, it is recited on Shabbat and festivals after the Torah reading, before the Torah is put back in the ark....

What prayer is recited when seeing a monarch?

Indeed, there is a special blessing one makes upon seeing a gentile king.The Shulchan Aruch  states that upon seeing a gentile King, one must recite: Baruch Atah Ad-noi, Elo-heinu melech ha'olam, shenatan m'kvodo l'vasar v'dam. [Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, who has given from His glory to...

Is it permitted to kiss and embrace relatives of the opposite sex?

This is a touchy question indeed (pun intended)! The Torah exhorts us to be holy people. "You should be holy, because I am holy," 1   G-d tells the Jewish people. Observing the Torah’s commandments has the uncanny effect of being able to turn the ordinary CPA next door, for example, into a...

What is the formula for pouring the wine from the cup during the seder?

We spill wine from our cups three times during the Pesach seder: 1) At the mention of “blood, smoke, and pillars of fire.” 2) At the mention of the ten plagues 3) At the mention of the simanim , the mnemonic devices given by Rabbi Judah. 1 Altogether we spill sixteen times. Some have the custom to...

Why is the Modeh Ani recited before the morning hand washing?

“Modeh Ani ”, in which we thank G-d for returning our souls to us in the morning, is recited as soon as we open our eyes, while still lying in bed. Mo-deh ah-nee li-fa-necha Melech chai vi-kayam she-he-che-zarta bee nish-mah-tee bi-chem-lah ra-bah emu-nah-te-cha. [I offer thanks to...

Why is a second Adar added on certain years?

Let’s first examine when Pesach should be celebrated, and why. There are two verses in the Torah that tell us when Pesach should be observed. Yet together, they seem to pose a slight contradiction. In the book of Exodus 1   the verse states that we should celebrate Pesach on the 14th day of Nissan....

I just got my mezuzah checked. Do I need to recite the blessing when I re-hang it?

First of all, yasher koach – good work – on having your mezuzahs checked! Many people do not realize the importance of checking their mezuzahs. The short answer to your question is—maybe! I will try to help you sort out what is required in your particular situation. If the mezuzah you took...

Is a "double ring" wedding ceremony okay?

A wedding ring is symbolic of many spiritual concepts and truths, and there are many laws and customs pertaining to it. It is interesting to note that although it is universally accepted Jewish custom to use a ring to affect the marriage, from a purely technical standpoint, the ring itself is merely a custom; the...

Does a married woman need to cover her hair in the privacy of her home?

The Short Answer: While there is a halachic disagreement amongst Jewish scholars regarding this law, all seem to agree that it is preferable and highly praiseworthy for a woman to cover her hair even in the privacy of her own home.  The Askmoses Answer:   In the Talmud...

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