May 12, 2014

Community Chorus of Detroit Commemorates Terezin Requiem

As composer and conductor Rafael Schachter was rounded up for deportation to the Terezin concentration camp (Theresienstadt), he was able to grab a few of his […]
May 12, 2014

Why do Hindus wear necklaces instead of wedding rings?

Thank you to Padma Kuppa for the answer. First, Hindus may wear wedding rings, but some wear necklaces. In a Hindu wedding, there is a ritual […]
May 6, 2014

What is a mezuzah and why do Jews affix a mezuzah to the doorpost of a home?

Thank you to Rabbi Daniel Syme for the answer. What is a mezuzah? The Hebrew word mezuzah means “doorpost.” According to tradition, the mezuzah is to […]
April 29, 2014

Thank you to Rabbi Daniel Syme for the answer. What is a mezuzah? The Hebrew word mezuzah means “doorpost.” According to tradition, the mezuzah is to be affixed to the doorpost at the entrance to a Jewish home as well as at the entrance to each of the interior rooms except for bathrooms. The mezuzah itself consists of a small scroll of parchment (k’laf) on which are written two biblical passages, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deuteronomy 11:13-21. This scroll is then inserted into a wooden, plastic, or metal casing that is often quite beautiful and artistic in design. A mezuzah may be purchased at any store that handles Jewish religious articles. Why do Jews affix a mezuzah to the doorpost of a home? The custom of affixing a mezuzah to the doorpost fulfills the biblical commandment: “You shall write them upon the doorposts of thy house and upon they gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9). The mezuzah distinguishes a Jewish home and is a visible sign and symbol to all those who enter that a sense of Jewish identity and commitment exists in that household.

Like many faith traditions, candles are used as a source of light – before electric lights were invented, candles were the source (along with sunlight) of […]