Mi Yodeya Weekly Newsletter
Mi Yodeya Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Why did Abraham treat his three visitors in this way?

I am new to this site. I'd like to ask some questions on the interpretation and cultural significance of the events in Genesis 18 in the Bible. First, why does Abraham have Sarah use 3 seahs of …

parshanut-torah-comment food vayera hachnasat-orchim-guests  
asked by noblerare 8 votes
answered by YEZ 9 votes

How to make Purim more female friendly?

At a recent Shabbat meal the conversation was about how Purim was a "guy holiday" where women felt like second class citizens, especially married women who often found themselves cooking the seuda, …

women purim intoxication  
asked by user6641 7 votes
answered by Isaac Moses 7 votes

Arba'a Ve'esrim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred twenty-four? ?ארבעה ועשרים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to be …

number mi-yodeya-series  
asked by Isaac Moses 6 votes
answered by Gemini Man 9 votes

Taschlich Bread crumbs on Yom Tov

What is, and more over is there a source for throwing of bread during Tashlich (other then the Kids song that says to throw our Aveiros away)? The reason for the the question is because on Rosh …

minhag food rosh-hashanah-new-year bread tashlich  
asked by user7118 6 votes
answered by user6591 4 votes

Making very loud drumming noise during davening

Many leaders and congregants in my shul bang with their hands on the shulchan and on their siddurs and stomp their feet in what is supposed to be the rhythm of the prayer's melody. The noise is …

halacha tefilla synagogue music hearing  
asked by LMB 5 votes

Why do we say עושה השלום during yamim nora'im?

I'm struggling to find a reason/meaning behind saying 'עושה השלום' with a 'ה' at the end of amidah and during kaddish for the yamim nora'im period. I have heard (unverified source) that there is …

halacha minhag tefilla kaddish high-holidays  
asked by bondonk 5 votes
answered by DanF 3 votes

Why don't we say Hallel on Rosh Hashanah?

For most months, on the first day (Rosh Hodesh) we say the Hallel service between Shacharit and Mussaf. For the first day of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah), however, we do not say Hallel. Why is it not …

rosh-hashanah-new-year rosh-chodesh-new-month hallel  
asked by Mike 5 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 9 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Reason behind pinky during hagba

Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?

minhag torah-service hands-fingers  
asked by cookie monster 24 votes
answered by Ishyehudi 12 votes

Can a man circumcise himself?

If a man is not circumcised can he perform the mitzvah himself? Aside from issues of pain, and difficulty in the actual cut, can he say the beracha in such a state if he is not covered properly? What …

halacha brit-milah  
asked by bondonk 7 votes
answered by Nafkamina 4 votes

Can you answer these?

Should shma be read in the special trop?

On the Yamim Noraim, a special trop is used for reading the Torah. For someone who generally reads shma with the trop, would it be preferable to use the special trop if possible? I ask because …

yom-kippur rosh-hashanah-new-year shema trop-cantillation high-holidays  
asked by Scimonster 2 votes

What is the significance of the ten azharos of tshuva?

Rashi in Yeshayah chapter 1 vs. 16 tells us that the ten words in the next two pukim, רחצו, הזכו, הסירו, חדלו, למדו, דרשו, אשרו, שפטו, ריבו, are all אזהרות של לשון תשובה כנגד עשרת ימי תשובה, וכנגד …

rashi isaiah-yeshaya-the-book aseres-yemei-teshuva  
asked by user6591 2 votes

How is the Sefer Ha'Aruch supposed to be used?

The Sefer Ha'Aruch is a type of dictionary that is quoted by Rashi and Tosfos. I took a look at the sefer the other day and couldn't figure out how it's supposed to be used. All I saw was a list of …

jewish-books dictionary  
asked by Gavriel 5 votes
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