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Laws of Tisha B'Av

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 22 July 2020 - 11:29am

Tisha B'Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, is the day on which we mourn all Jewish tragedies throughout our history, most notably the destruction of both the First and Second Temple.  Below is a summary of some of the laws of Tisha B’Av, many of which are similar to the practices of Shiva as we mourn the loss of our Temple as though it has just happened.

Erev Tisha B’Av – Wednesday 29th July 2020:

'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