Q & A

Why Sacrifices?

In light of this week’s Torah portion Vayikra, I thought I would post this question someone wrote us about the sacrificial system for you to meditate on… Question: Can I ask you why YHVH asks for sacrifices?  If he cannot change, how can he change this system of death He gave? Some say he did change…

head coverings

The Question of Head Coverings for Women

Mandatory headcovers for women is a topic that has been debated throughout the history of Judaism. Some rabbis believe hair covering is an absolute obligation originating from Moses at Sinai, while others say it is a standard of modesty defined by the Jewish community. The Yiddish word tichel or Hebrew word mitpachat means head scarf.…

Yom Kippur

Do we observe the Yom Kippur fast on Shabbat?

Question: Since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbat, do we fast on Yom Kippur if it falls on Shabbat? Answer: We do fast when Yom Kippur coincides with Shabbat (this being one of the differences between Yom Kippur and other fasts). Since Yom Kippur is a biblical fast, and the Torah calls it “Shabbat Shabbaton” – the Shabbat of Shabbats – this implies that it takes precedence over Shabbat.…