It is a long-standing minhag (tradition) for Jews all around the world to recite Psalm 27 at the conclusion of the Shacharis (Morning) services throughout the Hebrew month of Elul (which we are in presently) and during the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Many continue to recite it throughout the Festival of Sukkos.
The Book of Psalms (Hebrew Tehillim, lit.“Praises”) from which this Psalm is taken, is the first book of the third section of the Bible, the Kesuvim or Sacred Writings, and comprises 150 psalms.
In the famous Talmudic passage on the authorship of the biblical books (see B...
This issue of the Z-mail is dedicated to our son Yehoshua on the occasion of his putting on Tefillin this coming Wednesday morning - for the first time in his life - thirty days before his Bar-Mitzvah.
RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!
One of the 613 commandments for a Jewish male is to wear Tefillin (phylacteries) -special leather boxes and straps placed on one's head and arm - each and every day except Shabbos and holidays, as the Torah says: "Bind [these commandments] as a sign on your arm, and let them be ornaments between your eyes" (Deuteronomy 6:8).
Additionally, the Torah commands the Jewish people in Exodus 13:9: “And it shall be for y...
The Jewish people have always had this thing with food. We just love to get together and eat, whatever the occasion may be ... Shabbos dinner, Holiday meals, Kiddush at the synagogue, weddings, a bris, a shivah home, etc. Isn't it true what they say that the essence of all Jewish holidays is: They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat! And it's not just any food, mind you, that gets us excited. We have a whole slew of uniquely Jewish specialty foods - most of which are definitely not for the "gastronomically challenged" – and which your average Gentile-on-the-street could hardly pronounce, let alone eat!