17 10, 2019

Rosh Chodesh is not observed as the Torah commands

By |2019-10-17T05:11:33-07:00October 17th, 2019|Thoughts|

Like all other biblical holidays, Rosh Chodesh is not observed today as required by biblical law. This is because of changed social circumstances and because the principle element of the biblical worship was animal sacrifices, which was discontinued after the Romans destroyed the Jewish Second Temple in 70 CE. Additionally, the name of the celebration [...]

20 05, 2015

The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays

By |2015-05-20T09:24:07-07:00May 20th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                  The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Few people know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot when the holidays are observed outside of Israel, and why a second day was appended to Rosh Hashanah in both Israel and the diaspora [...]

17 05, 2015

The Origin of Announcing the Days of the New Moon in Synagogues

By |2015-05-17T05:34:15-07:00May 17th, 2015|Thoughts|

                             The Origin of Announcing the Days of the New Moon in Synagogues Yesterday, May 17, 2015, as on eleven of the twelve months of the year, many synagogues had their congregants rise as they followed the ancient custom to announce the appearance of the new moon during the Shabbat services prior to the [...]