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Tallit On and Off

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 14 December 2020 - 3:38pm


In the current pandemic, davening in Shul on Shabbat begins from just before the Shema and its blessings.  When I say the earlier parts at home, I have worn my tallit – when I come to Shul and put my tallit on again, do I need to make a new bracha?



Honorific Abbreviations

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 19 November 2020 - 10:18am


Could you explain the various suffixes that are attached to people’s names?  Such as z”l, zt”l, a”h, shlit”a, etc.



There are quite a large number of abbreviations/acronyms that may be written after someone’s name, some when they are alive and some after passing away.  I will try and briefly outline some of the most common although their origin is not always clear.


Guide to Davening at Home

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 4 November 2020 - 12:48pm


Now that Shul will be closing, what are some things I should be aware of when praying at home?



That is a lovely question and could have a very lengthy answer but I will try to focus on a few specific things and be as concise as possible.


What name to use when praying for someone who is unwell

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 3 November 2020 - 5:20pm


I would like to pray for my friend who is unwell but I don’t know their Hebrew name – what should I say? I am also praying for a Rabbi – do I add “HaRav” before their name?



Before dealing with the questions of what name one should use, we must first establish whether one uses a name at all when praying for someone who is unwell. 


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: