There are a number of significant historical events that the Torah tells us to remember every day.1 Some traditions list only four remembrances and others count as many as ten (more on that below), but the prevalent custom is to recite six remembrances after the morning prayers. The first to formulate the text of the … Continue reading What Are the Six Remembrances?
Why Did Moses Go Up on Mt. Sinai for Forty Days? – The significance of the number forty – Questions & Answers By Yehuda Shurpin Question: After the Giving of the Torah, Moses went up Mount Sinai for 40 days. After the Golden Calf, he went up another 40 days, and then he went up … Continue reading Why Did Moses Go Up on Mt. Sinai for Forty Days?
By Yehuda Shurpin According to Jewish law, tribal affiliation (including whether one is a kohen) follows the direct paternal line, while the question of Jewishness follows the maternal line. Does this mean that genetic testing is a valid way of ascertaining whether one is Jewish or a kohen? First, some basics. Females have XX chromosomes … Continue reading Can a DNA Test Determine Jewish Status?