How to "bensch" with the etrog and lulav?                                        Click here to find out.

How to put on Tefillin?                                                                       Click here to find out. There are several variations as to where the "shin" is placed and on wrapping around the fingers.  This is only one but is shown because it is very detailed.

How can Purim be celebrated for 3 days?
Why are there two celebrations of Purim in 2005?
Why do some cities celebrate Purim on the 15th of Adar instead of on the 14th of Adar?                                                                                                      Click here to find out.

What work is forbidden on Shabbat?                                                   Click here to find out.

Where you can find Rashi's Torah commentary online?                      Click here to find out.

Where you can find another great Rashi site online?                           Click here to find out.

Why do we take three steps back after the Kaddish?                           Click here to find out.

Why we are prohibited from wearing a mixture of linen and wool?     Click here to find out.

Where you can find the very basic rules of Kashruth?                         Click here to find out

Why do we take off the tefillin before starting Musaf on Rosh Chodesh?  Click here to find out.

How can we have a minyan present during the entire Torah Service but when the Kaddish Shalem (Full Kaddish which is recited just before returning the Torah to the Ark during the weekday Shacharit Service) is to be recited,  it is not said?                                                                                           Click here to find out.

Harvesting on Shabbat is prohibited.  There is one situation whereby it was not only permitted but was mandatory and overrode the Shabbat.  What was it?                                               Click here to find out.

Why is the Maftir a repeat of a part of the Aliyah before it?               Click here to find out.

Who wrote Psalms 90-100?                                                                  Click here to find out.

Psalm 92 "Mizmor Shir L'Yom HaShabbat" is a psalm and a song for the Sabbath day,  yet it does not contain any direct reference to Shabbat.  Why is it then a psalm and a song for Shabbat?                                                                                                 Click here to find out.

What is the meaning of "Amen" and why is it important that we say it?  Click here to find out?    

What are Maimonides Thirteen Principles of Faith?                              Click here to find out.                                                       

How to pray when there is no day?                                                        Click here to find out?

What is the only holiday for which the Torah does not give  a specific calendar date, has no special Mitzvot for the holiday (eating specific food does not count), is only one day (in Israel) - while the other Shalosh Regalim (Pilgrimage Festivals) are seven days each and is the only holiday that does not have a tractate in the Talmud named after it?                                                                                                    Click here to find out.
 

What the various opinions are regarding wearing Tefillin on Chol Hamoed?    Click here to find out.

What are the four instances when one is obligated to say the gomayl blessing (blessing of thanksgiving on deliverance from danger)?                                     Click here to find out.

Why don't we say Tachnun the first 12 days of the month of Sivan?                 Click here to find out.

Two men are in Oxnard on the 36th day of the counting the Omer.  That night one man counts the 37th day and the other man counts the 38th day.  Both men are correct.  How can this be?                                                                                                                          Click here to find out.

Some headstones in Jewish cemeteries contain the Hebrew letters tav, nun, tzadee, bet, hey underneath the inscription  What do these letters stand for?                                                        Click here to find out.

Who was King David's great-grandmother?  Who was his great- grandfather?  What was his mother's name?  Where is her name mentioned? Who was Goliath's great-grandmother?                       Click here to find out.

What is the significance of the number 40 and where is it found in the Bible and other Jewish writings?                                                                                                                 Click here to find out.

Why don't we blow the Shofar on Shabbat?                                                            Click here to find out.   

What Hebrew month contains no holidays in it with the exception of Rosh Chodesh?                                                                                                                      Click here to find out.

What are the Four Holy Cities of Israel and what is their connection to earth, wind, fire, and water?                                                                                                              Click here to find out. 

Moses is called Moshe Rabbeinu, Abraham is called Avraham Avinu, what is Joseph called?                                                                                                                                  Click here to find out.                      

1.  Who were the five Maccabee brothers and what were their names?
2.  Which one did not die in the Hasmonean revolt?
3.  How many years into the revolt did the miracle of the lights occur?
4.  How did Elazar die?                                                                            Click here to find out. 
                     

1.  What was Esther's relationship to Mordechai?
2.  What do King David and King Saul have to do with Purim and what do we learn from this?
3.  What is unique about the Book of Esther?
4.  What is the similarity between the Purim story and the giving of the Torah at Sinai?
                                                                                                                                                            Click here to find out.   

Which Musaf Service is the longest of the year?            Click here to find out.  

 

 What Biblical holiday is celebrated in the Hebrew month of Iyar and what 4 post-Biblical events are commemorated in that same month?        Click here to find out.  

Why is there a hechsher (certificate of kashrut) needed, by Orthodox Jews, on fruits and vegetables grown in Israel but none needed on fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S.?                                                                               Click here to find out.  

According to the Gemara who were the seven prophetesses of Israel?     Click here to find out.  

According to the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) how are we supposed to put on and take off our shoes and what do we learn from this?                 Click here to find out.      

What does the Hebrew expression "I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me" have in connection with the Hebrew month  of Elul and what does it teach us?       Click here to find out.      


1.  What are the 15 Psalms (120-134) known as?
2.  Where were they sung?
3.  What is their significance?
4.  Why do they begin in the plural?
5.  What Hebrew date of the month are they recited? 
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An Orthodox custom before writing your name in a book is to write the Hebrew letters Lamed, Hei, Vov, separated by quote marks and then you write your name.  What do these Hebrew letters represent?                        Click here to find out.

 

Why is the contract between Shylock and Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, regarding a pound of flesh, an unenforceable contract according to Jewish Law?  The answer has nothing to do with the fact that Antonio is not Jewish.        Click here to find out.

1.  According to the Midrash, which Patriarch agreed to a change in the spelling of his name and caused the period of slavery in Egypt to be  210 years long instead of 400 years long?
2.  Where do we find the instance of this spelling change?
3.  How was the change in the number of years from 400 to 210 arrived at?     Click here to find out.

According to some of our Sages what Mitzvah is best done through an intermediary, however, you can do it yourself if no intermediary is available?  Click here to find out.           

What prohibition must we be mindful of in feeding pets during the entire year and what additional prohibition must we be mindful of during Passover?                 Click here to find out.  


Why is it forbidden on Shabbat to pick meat out of a thick stew, containing other foods, in order to put it into a refrigerator so it will not spoil and under what circumstances would this also not be permitted on a Yom Tov?                         Click here to find out.

Psalm 126 and Psalm 137 are recited before what prayer, under what circumstances, and why the difference?                                   Click here to find out.

Why are there two names of G-d (Hashem and Elokim; Elokeinu is a contraction of Elokim shelanu) in the first line of the Shema?           Click here to find out.
 

Which Psalms are read as the "Song Of The Day" for each day of the week?       Click here to find out.

It states in Deuteronomy 6:16 "You shall not test Hashem your G-d....".  It is explicitly written, however,  that in the case of one commandment we are to test Hashem.  What is the commandment and where in the Jewish Bible is this written?
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We don't say Avinu Malkeinu on Shabbat, yet during the Ne'ila Service on Yom Kippur, which in 2007was on a Shabbat, we did recite a short Avinu Malkeinu.  This was recited before Shabbat was over.  Why were we able to do this?   Why isn't Avinu Malkeinu recited on Shabbat?                        Click here to find out.

1. What is the position assumed in the synagogue when saying the section of the Siddur (found after the Amidah) beginning "To You, O Lord, I lift my soul."
2.  Why do we assume this position?
3.  When is this said?
4.  What position do we assume if this is said where there is no Aron Kodesh and why?               Click here to find out.

Why is the Jewish calendar set up so the first night of Chanukah can't ever be on a Monday night?       Click here to find out.


1.  In Parasha Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) why did Jacob go back across the river to retrieve a few small jars?
2.  Who was the angel he wrestled?
3.  Why did the struggle take place at night and how does it relate to the history of the Jewish people?
4.  What do the letters on a dreidel (used outside of Israel) have to do with Moshiach?
5.  Where in Parasha Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) is there an allusion to Chanukah?
6.  Where in Parasha Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) is there an allusion to Chanukah?   
                    Click here to find out.  

 

One of the Ten Commandments is not to take G-d's name in vain.  This can inadvertently happen if one says a blessing over food, forget it was previously said and repeats the blessing again.  If we catch ourselves after saying Baruch Atta Hashem the second time we can get around the prohibition by completing a verse in Psalms.  Which psalm and verse is it?  (Hint, the psalm is referred to in the Talmud as t'maniah apin, the repetition of eight.)                                                 Click here to find out.  
    

 1.  What is the earliest time that we can daven Maariv and on Erev Shabbat  the earliest time that we can bring in Shabbat?                Click here to find out. 
 2.  What is the Kabbalistic significance of this time?        
Click here to find out. 

Why do some Orthodox Jews not specifically invite guests to a Bris but instead just tell them when and where the Bris is to be held?                                                           Click here to find out. 


When Shabbat falls on a Festival why do some Orthodox Jews recite certain prayers only applicable to Shabbat (e.g. Shalom Aleichem, Eishet Chayil) in an undertone instead of aloud?
     Click here to find out. 

When we are counting the Omer if we miss counting for a complete day we cannot say the blessing when we continue the count and, in fact, will not have fulfilled the mitzvah of counting seven complete weeks.  What happens in the following situations (i.e Is a blessing said each day, what day starts the count, what about the count for the previous days, and why)?  Would your answer be different if, in the case of A. and B. the count was started from the beginning of Sefira before they became obligated to count?
A.  A non-Jew is converted during Sefira (the period of counting the Omer).
B.  A boy becomes Bar Mitzvah during Sephira.
C.  A person, G-d forbid, is in a coma and awakes from the coma during Sefira.            
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What two tractates of the Talmud are studied during Sefira and why?                Click here to find out. 

What is the "essence" of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?   Click here to find out.

If one does not daven Maariv on Saturday night what must be said before lighting the Havdallah candle and why?    Click here to find out.

What do we call the period that starts on the 17th of Tammuz and what is that period?    Click here to find out.

What was the first day of the creation of the world (Hebrew day and month)?                  Click here to find out.

What was the day that man was created (Hebrew day and month)?                                   Click here to find out.

Why do we celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the date we do?  (Hint, other than it is specified in the Torah on that date)?                                                                                                                                    Click here to find out.

Why do some Jews have the custom of eating carrots on Rosh Hashanah?                        Click here to find out.

The psalms for which day of the Hebrew month contain the Hallel ?                                 Click here to find out.

Why is there no Shabbat Mevarchim for the month of Tishrei?                                          Click here to find out.

How does the shaking of the lulav remind us of the High Holy Days?                                Click here to find out.

What does the Sukkah remind us of (besides that we lived in them after the Exodus from Egypt)?      

Click here to find out.

How is the answer to the above question connected to the shaking of the lulav?                Click here to find out.

There was a minyan in the morning during the recitation of the Amidah yet it was not repeated by the Chazzan nor was the Kaddish recited after the completion of the Amidah.  Why?                                  Click here to find out.

Why is there  a mitzvah to have a festive meal on Purim but there is no such mitzvah associated with Chanukah?  This seems to go against the saying for each Holiday "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat! ".          Click here to find out.

What is the blessing we recite before eating a banana or pineapple?  Hint: It is not the one that you would normally think that we recite.                         Click here to find out.

The reading of the Torah is a Rabbinic commandment.  Who instituted it?    Click here to find out.

 Although the reading of the Torah is a Rabbinic commandment there is one Torah reading that is a Biblical commandment.   What is that reading?       Click here to find out.

Even if a synagogue allows a pre-Bar Mitzvah boy to be counted for a minyan, on one Shabbat he cannot be counted for a minyan and in fact a post-Bar Mitzvah boy called to the Torah must have at least some hair on his chin.  Which Shabbat is this?         Click here to find out.

What event happens once every 28 years and is scheduled to happen on the morning of April 8, 2009?              Click here to find out.

In what city in Israel must one observe the first two nights of Passover just as if he/she would be outside of the Land of Israel and why?         Click here to find out.

Why is the 2nd of Sivan a "special day"?                                   Click here to find out.

The prayer "Av Harachamim" is not recited on Shabbat Mevarchim except for Shabbat Mevarchim Sivan.  Why?      Click here to find out.

What is the period from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of Av called and what are the restrictions during this period?        Click here to find out.

Which  aliyah is always the bridge between two Torah Portions when we have a double Torah Portion on Shabbat?   Click here to find out.

 Which is the longest aliyah of the year?                                        Click here to find out.

 Where do we find a reference to Chanukah in the Torah Portion of Massei?    
           Click here to find out.
 

What are the basic rules concerning returning lost objects?                                            Click here to find out.

 

Why is the Jewish calendar set up so that the first day of Rosh Hashanah will never be on a Sunday?     Click here to find out.

Why is the first letter in the Torah an extra large letter?                                    Click here to find out.

  

How does the name of the holiday of Chanukah tell us the Hebrew date of the first night it is celebrated?      Click here to find out.

What is Xmas Eve called in Yiddish and what are some of the prohibitions and customs for Chassidim on that night?        Click here to find out.

Why do we stand while saying the Amidah and why is it recited silently?                        Click here to find out.

 What blessing is recited when one builds in the Holy Land and why is this particular blessing recited?          Click here to find out.

 What do Moses and Pharoah have to do with Matzah and Chametz?                               Click here to find out.

 A midrash states that the reason that Adam sinned was because he only saw two, and had he seen three he would not have sinned.  What does this       mean?                                    Click here to find out.

What Biblical figure was born on the first of Tammuz and died on the same date?  How old was he when he died?               Click here to find out.

 

We are supposed to answer Amen when we hear someone recite a blessing.  What do we answer if we hear two blessings at the same time?     Click here to find out.

In Megillat Eichah (Lamentations) Chapter 1 verse 2 is  translated as "She weeps bitterly in the night.....".  In the Hebrew the double form of weeping is used in  both the present and future tense.  What does this signify?                         Click here to find out.

 What is the most important change to the Amidah prayer from Rosh Hashanah until the end of Yom Kippur?            Click here to find out.  

At what times during the Service do Orthodox men pull their tallit over their heads?                        Click here to find out.   

 

 In the merit of an act by Abraham of spiritual selflessness the Jewish People received two commandments that epitomize the value of sacrificing one's own spiritual wellbeing for the sake of others.

           1.  What was this act of spiritual selflessness by Abraham and where is it found in the Torah?
           2.  What were these two commandments and who performed them?                                          Click here to find out.

 

On what night of the year do Chassidim not study Torah between approximately 6:00 PM to midnight, why and what is this night called?      Click here to find out.
 
It is said that the 10 Commandments encompass all of the 613 Mitzvot.  How is this so?                   Click here to find out.            

  What are 3 differences between the Jewish 10 Commandments and the non-Jewish 10 Commandments?                Click here to find out.  

  Why is the Shehechiyanu blessing not recited when lighting the candles and chanting the Kiddush during the last two days of Passover?        Click here to find out.  
 

 When is Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) usually studied and where is Tractate Avot found?                                    Click here to find out.  
     
  The custom in many communities is for children to begin the study of Talmud with what Tractate and why?               Click here to find out.  
  
Why is there no mourning on Shabbat?                     Click here to find out.  

Why does the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz end before 3 stars appear at night?  (Because we are hungry is not the answer!)    Click here to find out.

Why is there no blessing of the month of Tishrei said on the Shabbat before Tishrei as is said on the Shabbat before every other month?     Click here to find out.

What does the light of the Chanukiah represent?                 Click here to find out.

What is special about the 5th night of Chanukah?                  Click here to find out.

If someone already has davened at an earlier Service and in fact has been called to the Torah then and subsequently that day goes to another shul for the same Service can he be called to the Torah again?                        Click here to find out.

 You are reciting the Amidah and are a slow davener.  The Chazan has finished his  recitation and starts the repetition of the  Amidah.  He comes up to the Kedushah and you are still not finished with your recitation.  What do you do?               Click here to find out.

 What is the significance of  Matzah?                Click here to find out.

A bris has to be performed on the 8th day after the birth of a boy even if the 8th day is on Shabbat.  It may be postponed for the health of the baby.   If  it is postponed can it still be performed on a Shabbat? If not, why not?                                   Click here to find out.

 How many individual letters make up the Hebrew version of the Ten Commandments and what do they refer to?        Click here to find out.

 

In what circumstance must an Ashkenazi Jew daven by himself even if there is a minyan next door?                             Click here to find out.

What Jewish figure's birthday is on Tisha B'Av?                                                                                                Click here to find out.

 

Blood relatives cannot receive an aliyah one after the other.  There is one instance where this is permitted.  What is it and why ?          Click here to find out.
 

According to the Vilna Gaon's chronology , on what date did the Clouds of Glory reappear after the Sin of the Golden Calf and what Holy Days does this date join?                               Click here to find out.

What is the blessing made upon seeing a rainbow?            Click here to find out.

   What are the blessings before eating potato pancakes (potato latkes) and jelly donuts (sufganiot)?          Click here to find out.
  

  From what two incidents in the Chumash do we derive the laws of privacy?                                             Click here to find out. 

  

  What is sung after the Megillah reading on Purim?   Click here to find out.

 

 Normally , a person may not give more than 20% of his income to charity. What circumstances would require a person to give away all his  wealth to charity?                       Click here to find out.

  Why does G-d reward evil people quickly for their good deeds?                                                               Click here to find out.


      In what period of Jewish history do you find ordinary Jews with no desire to sin?                                   Click here to find out.
 

    On what nights of the year is it improper to recite Kiddush in shul?                                                          Click here to find out.

    Which biblical figure married his sister after receiving his father's permission to do so?                           Click here to find out.

     This actually happened to me on Shabbat Bereishit.  A guest Levi was called up for the Levi Aliyah.  I, also a Levi, was called up for the   Maftir  Aliyah.  How can this be?                 Click here to find out.

     According to the Vilna Gaon where is it unusual and not unusual for miracles to occur?                                 Click here to find out.   

    According to Rashi when do we not say Hallel for a miraculous occurrence?                                             Click here to find out.

    
   Where in the Bible do we find an allusion to Chanukah?  (Hint: Although there are several allusions to Chanukah for this answer you don't have to look far.)                                                                                                                                                        Click here to find out.

On what night is it a custom not to study Torah?  What is the night called?  What is the reason behind this?         Click here to find out.

Name three prominent figures in Judaism (job title) who are not permitted to be intoxicated while performing their duties.    Click here to find out.

How can someone fulfill the mitzvah of  Tzedakah without giving Tzedakah?                           Click here to find out.

According to Kabbalah , how many times should one dip the piece of bread, over which one has recited the HaMotzi blessing, in salt and why ?   Click here to find out.

What are three reasons why the Tochacha (Admonitions) in Parsha Bechukotai are not divided into two aliyot and the reading is started a few verses before the actual Tochacha and end a few verses after the Tochacha?                                  Click here to find out.

What is the difference between the Tochacha in the Book of Vayikra and the Tochacha in the Book of Devarim?         Click here to find out.
 

What are the names of the two spies that Joshua sent to Jericho (Haftarah Shelach)?                                Click here to find out.

Who did Rechava (Haftarah Shelach) marry?                                                                                        Click here to find out.
 

 

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