It is common practice today for a child to recite kaddish in memory of a parent for 11 months, even though the normal period of mourning is 12 months. How long should a child recite kaddish for a parent and why?
In light of the recent arrest of three women at the Kotel for the “crime” of singing aloud and wearing a tallit, we are republishing our responsum from February 2010. – David Golinkin
What are the sources for the viduy or confession of sins [note]Saul Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine, New York, 1950, p. 140, note 11, says that the original meaning of viduy is "declaration".[/note] on Yom Kippur? Must we recite the very long confession of sins which is found in the Mahzor?
If we stop a moment to think back and ask ourselves how our Jewish identity has been formed by our individual experience, what has influenced us to keep the tradition of our ancestors, and in rare cases to join the Jewish people in order to become part of its national and religious life – in most cases, we probably will recall childhood memories of our parents, who guided us to continue in their way of life. We each have our own childhood memory, distant or recent.
When a person passed away in Adar, when is the yahrzeit observed in a leap year?
In light of the fact that many modern Jews do not feel comfortable asking God to restore the sacrificial service in the Temple, is it permissible to change the wording of the middle blessing of the Musaf service which asks God to restore the sacrificial system? This responsum is based on my lecture at the conference “The Actuality of Sacrifice” which took place at the Schechter Institute on January 9, 2011.
Is there an alternative to reciting the Aramaic poemAkdamut on Shavuot?
There is a custom to recite a special verse at the end of the Amidah (the Silent Devotion) which begins with the first letter of one’s Hebrew name and ends with the last letter of one’s Hebrew name. Where can one find a list of these verses and what is the origin of this custom?
When choosing a cantor, whether a professional or simply a member of the congregation, what are the most important attributes which one should look for?