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Shabbat Erev Pesach

Submitted by rabbikurzer on 11 March 2021 - 4:36pm

Question:

I noticed that this year, Seder night follows straight from Shabbat. How does affect things like burning the chametz?

Answer:

The format of the calendar this year makes a significant difference in a number of ways and I will try to go through each of them.

Tallit On and Off

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

Question:

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?

 

Answer:

Honorific Abbreviations

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

Question:

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

 

Answer:

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

Question:

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

 

Answer:

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

Question:

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?

 

Answer:

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. 

 

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