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Questions for the Rabbi

'Mezonot' Challah?

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 18 May 2020 - 10:56am

I have just realised that the challah I bought for Shabbat says that they are ‘mezonot’. Is that a problem?

This is a great question and is a big source of confusion. It is actually quite a complex and detailed area of Jewish law but we will try and outline some of the basics.

Verses That Can Be Said When One Is Unable To Recite Kaddish

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 7 May 2020 - 1:32pm

(וְעַתָּה יִגְדַל־נָּא כֹּחַ אֲדֹּנָּי כַאֲשֶׁר דִבַרְתָּ לֵאמֹּר. (במדבר יד:יז

V’atah yigdal na ko’ach Adonai ka’asher dibartah lay-mor.

And now, may the strength of my Lord be magnified as You have spoken, saying . (Numbers 14:17)

וְהִתְגַדִלְתִי וְהִתְקַדִשְתִי וְנוֹּדַעְתִי לְעֵינֵי גוֹּיִם רַבִים וְיָּדְעוּ כִי־אֲנִי יְהוָּה
(יחזקאל לח:כג)

Shabbat Times Explained

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 1 May 2020 - 2:24pm

What usually happens

At this time of year, as Shabbat gets later we would normally bring in Shabbat as a community at 7:15pm in order to have some semblance of an evening. When we accept Shabbat together in Shul as a community, that becomes the ideal time for everyone to begin Shabbat.

How things have changed