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Q&A: Jewish Names

Q&A: Jewish Names

Question: The other day, I heard a lecture about how parents are not allowed to give children non-Jewish names. What’s that all about? Answer: I am hard-pressed to find a definition of such a thing. What makes a name particularly Jewish or not? Question: Perhaps a name that is not Hebrew or not in the … Continue reading

Further Insights on Cantillation

Further Insights on Cantillation

In the three books of Emeth, there are many verses that conclude with a series of connected words, whereas in the other books, such a series would demand a number of mafsiqim preceding the end of the verse. However with regards to the beginnings of verses, the opposite is true, when we deal with unusually … Continue reading

What Belongs in Your Siddur: a Dagesh or a Comma?

What Belongs in Your Siddur: a Dagesh or a Comma?

Recently, I was privileged to be part of fun yet esoteric discussion on matters of Hebrew grammar. First some background: there is a grammatical phenomenon in Biblical Hebrew known as “nasog ahor,” literally, “stepped back.” In certain words that are accented on the last syllable but have an earlier syllable that is open, then sometimes … Continue reading

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Continuing with the idea of the relevance of Rupture and Reconstruction 20 years later, some years ago I wrote about this, which discusses phenomena symptomatic of our modern proclivities to monstrous stringency. Every year has its novelty. The incidental differences in halachic practice that developed in the Diaspora were inevitable; the question before us today … Continue reading

Parashath Zachor and the Six Remembrances in Halachic Context

Parashath Zachor and the Six Remembrances in Halachic Context

This brings us to the issue of the Shesh Z’chiroth, the Six Remembrances, printed in many siddurim after the daily morning prayers. According to Artscroll. “The Torah commands that six events be remembered always. Consequently, some authorities maintain that the verses containing these commandments should be recited daily.” The OU’s website says this (twice, for … Continue reading

Parsha Notes: R’ei

Parsha Notes: R’ei

Rashi to Deuteronomy 12:4: You shall not do so [to the Lord your God]: to burn sacrifices to God in any place you choose, but rather at the place that He will choose. Another explanation is: “And you shall tear down their altars… and destroy their name… [but] do not do so [to the Lord … Continue reading

Introduction

I chose to start this blog so that I could share this information with those who would be interested to know the truth and those who may one want to discuss these matters further. My goal is not only to present the varying traditions, but also to attempt to prove why certain traditions may in … Continue reading