The Hebrew Corner Blog

Affixing a Mezuzah / Rabbi Allen Darnov

The mitzvah of attaching mezuzot to our doorways derives from the Torah: “You shall write them (my commandments) on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deut. 6:9, 11:20). Here are some guidelines for attaching mezuzot to your doorways: 1] A mezuzah can be...

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Picking a Hebrew Name / Rabbi Allen Darnov

There is no law but only custom regarding granting a Hebrew name.  As is well known, Jews descended from Eastern European Jews tend to name children after deceased relatives; Sephardic Jews often name children after living elders.  Both approaches are attempts to...

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What is Shabbat?

What is Shabbat? According to the Torah, Shabbat commemorates the day that God rested from creating the world; the word Shabbat literally means “he rested.” Exodus 34:21 states: “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest.” Shabbat is considered a...

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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

ROSH HASHANAH is the Jewish new year, a fall holiday that calls for both rejoicing and serious introspection. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world. Rosh Hashanah is followed, ten days later, by Yom Kippur. Together these two days...

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