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Why Do Jews Sway When They Pray?

Responsum: Like many Jewish customs, the origins of shucklen– a common Yiddish word which means to shake or rock – are shrouded in mystery.1 We can say when it was done and where but not why. This is because many customs wer...

Posted on 16 February 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin
Reflections: Mishpatim

There’s an old children’s joke that goes: Where was Moses when the lights went out? The answer: In the dark. While this used to generate a good deal of hilarity when we were (much) younger, the question Where was Moses? is a good one ...

Posted on 9 February 2013, By Rabbi Deborah Silver
Reading the Megillah Early?

Responsum: In time of emergency it is permissible to read the megillah before sunset beginning from “pelag haminhah” which is one-and-one-quarter “hours” before sunset (one “hour” = one twelfth of the daylight). Thus it will b...

Posted on 9 February 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin