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Can I buy matzah for Pesach Sheni or do I must eat Pesach leftovers?
Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto , ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...Archie: Hi, I wanted to know, if I don't have...

On which days of the year is Tachanun omitted from the prayers?
Tachanun is omitted from the prayers on Shabbat, all the major holidays and festivals (including Chol Hamoed), Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and Purim. The...

What is Tu B'Av?
“The Jewish people had no greater holidays than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur.”1 Many joyous events occurred on this day, known as “Tu...

What does the word Elul stand for?
Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to askmoses. How can I be of help today?avi: what are the roshei teivot of Elul? [Ed. The Hebrew letters for Elul are an acronym...

Why do Jews consider Tuesday to be a lucky day?
“Lucky” is not really the correct terminology, since Jews believe in Divine Providence, not luck. Perhaps auspicious would be better. The...

What is Isru Chag?
Isru Chag is the day after a chag (holiday). Isru means to bind. The day after the chag enjoys an afterglow of the chag and is therefore "bound"...

What are the rules for the Ten Days of Repentance?
The Ten Days of Repentance begin with the two days of Rosh Hashanah and conclude on Yom Kippur. Obviously, the High Holy Days have rules all their own, so...

What is Shabbat Mevarchim?
The Shabbat which precedes the arrival of every new Jewish month is called "Shabbat Mevarchim," the "Shabbat [when] we Bless." During...

What is the "Blessing of the New Month"?
Before beginning the Musaf prayer on Shabbat Mevarchim,1   the incoming new month is "blessed." This short prayer is called "Birkat Hachodesh" -- the...

Revealing the Spiritual in Nature
And on your day of gladness, and on your festivals, and on your new moons...."1 Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the lunar month, is called literally...

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