Archive for 'Mesora'

THE CAPSULE VERSION OF JEWISH HISTORY

                        Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com      There is a fascinating tendency in Jewish history for major epochs to occur in approximate, but regular, 500- year jumps.   Beginning now: If we go back 500 years we find ourselves at the beginning of the […]

HOW LONG AGO WAS THE TORAH GIVEN?

  By Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com I am often asked, at seminars, how it is possible for the Torah to have been passed down, unchanged, over the course of 3,300 years. The original message must be shrouded in the mists of antiquity. A bunch of old, gray bearded Rabbis probably changed all sorts of things […]

PART THREE – DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS MINHAG?

Given the lack of Hadracha given to most young men and women, we will now proceed to outline a basic approach. If nothing else, this should give you an idea of what is acceptable, what issues need be considered and what Sh’eilos need be asked. Too often, a new BT walks into Yiddishkeit with his/her […]

PART TWO MINHAG AND MESORA – REINSTITUTING LAWS AND CUSTOMS THAT HAVE TERMINATED

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com As Part One of this paper took shape, a series of discussions ensued regarding a connected subject; in what instances may an Ashkenazi eat Chagovim [kosher locusts]? This, in turn, led to a series of interesting questions which, in turn led to a number of conversations regarding the status of Minhagim. […]

Part one — Should We Wear T’chailes? Who’s a true-blue Jew ?

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen WWW.HIQJEW.COM   Mazel Tov! After thirteen hundred years of being unable to perform a Mitzva in the best way possible, the special dye required for the blue string on the Tzitzis has been rediscovered…. Or has it?  Whether it is the real McCoy or not has some interesting ramifications in Halacha. […]

IT’S ABOUT TIME!

IT’S ABOUT TIME Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com PART I – A HISTORY OF TRYING TO MEASURE TIME PART II – DEVELOPMENT OF THE CALENDAR PART III – UNITS OF TIME PART IV – CALENDRICAL SYSTEMS OF THE ANCIENT & MODERN WORLD PART V – A COMPARISON OF CALENDRICAL ACCURACIES PART VI THE ACCURACY OF THE […]