Minhagim

The Jewish community of Aleppo Syria is one of the oldest in the world. The Jews of that community identify their city as the Biblical Aram Tzova and call it […]

Pele Yoetz (Wondrous Advisor) by Rabbi Eliezer Papo has enjoyed great popularity among both Sefardim and Ashkenazim since its publication more than 150 years ago. The book, whose subject matter […]

Rabbi Moshe Isserles mentions in the Shulhan Arukh, Orah Hayyim (670/2) the custom of eating cheese on Hanukkah and states the reason. This custom is already mentioned — as indicated […]

(Conclusion) The customs of the Ashkenazim of Amsterdam are chiefly those of the old communities of the Rhine lands, Mayence, Worms and others. In certain intances the Jews of Amsterdam […]

Several months ago there appeared in Israel a new edition of Abraham ben Nathan HaYarhi’s “Sefer HaManhig” an important medieval work on Halacha. Abraham ben Nathan, who was a contemporary […]

Last year on the eve of the 11th Siyum of Shas for the Daf Yomi, the Va’ad for the Daf Yomi of Agudath Israel in the US. published a miscellany, […]

The Mishna (Yoma 5:1) tells us that when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, “He came out by the way he entered.” Just as he […]

By Aaron Wertheim   Reviewed by Tovia Preschel   In a passage devoted to a Hasidic custom of preparing spices and myrtle leaves for Sabbath, Wertheim explains that the custom […]