» Responsa in a Moment
For some time I have been teaching a class at Hillcrest Jewish Center, between Mincha and Maariv every other Shabbat, which is called: Responsa in a Moment. Members of our congregation ask questions and in a couple of weeks after some reading and researching I teach a class about the topic. Usually speaking I create my own source sheets to teach the class but sometimes when I find a suitable source sheet or paper over the internet or in some book I use those ones. Here I present only the ones that I developed. I hope you enjoy them! I apologize for all the English mistakes you may found in the different source sheets.
- Why do we sing Psalm 126 before the Birkat HaMazon?
- Why do we light candles for Shabbat?
- How many candles should we light for Shabbat?
- Why do we put salt in the Challah during Shabbat?
- Is permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
Prayers and Davening
- When we should say and when we shouldn´t say Shehecheyanu blessing?
- Why do we say “Adonai Hu HaElohim” seven times at the end of Neila? And why do we blow the Shofar at the end of the service?
- Which are the different traditions regarding the origin of the Minyan? What about the tradition of counting a child to complete a Minyan?
- Why do we bow, and how we should do it, during the Amidah?
- Why do we cover our eyes for the Shema Israel?
- Why do we point the Torah during Hagbah?
- What is the connection between Rosh Chodesh and Women?
- Why the afternoon prayer is called Mincha?
- Which rooms require a Mezuzah?
- Should we Jews celebrate our birthdays?
- What is Marit Ayin and what are their implications?
- Can one eat meat and someone else dairy in the same table?
- Can we accept gifts?
- What are the “Seven” Rabbinic Mitzvot?