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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

I have faced this problem several times - sometimes a holiday and sometimes Shabbat (directly, or not having time to get home). How I handle it depends in part on whether the plans can still be ...
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Holidays Beginning at sundown of the previous day

For the entirety of Jewish History, Judaism has kept to a day that begins at sunset on the previous 'secular/non-Jewish date'. Therefore, all meals eaten after sundown would be considered to already ...
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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

I have faced this issue many times myself - or advised younger colleagues facing the same. A few thoughts I have found it critical to be very clear, direct and consistent. If you can explain that you ...
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What is the closing psalm at Chabad services about?

I believe that what you are referring to is part of the daily break-down of the Torah, Sefer Tanya and the book of Psalms that Lubavitchers refer to as Chitas (which stands, of course, for "Chumash, ...
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Why some biblical holidays don't occur on certain days of the week?

The current fixed calendar is arranged (by adding or taking out an extra day in Marcheshvan or Kislev) such that Yom Kippur can't fall on Friday or Sunday (so there won't be two days in a row where no ...
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Holidays Beginning at sundown of the previous day

Holidays don't begin before the date they are on. They are only on the date they are on. That date starts and ends at sundown. Many holiday rituals occur after sundown at the beginning of the holiday. ...
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What would be a case where a shul would read from the Torah for five consecutive days?

If Rosh Hashanah falls on Thursday, then both days of Rosh Hashanah the Torah reading for R.H. would be read, the following day would be Shabbos so the Parsha would be read, and Tzom Gedaliah would be ...
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What is the greatest number of holiday days falling on weekdays in a year?

Between Purim and the next Shemini Atzeret the calendar is completely fixed (no leap years, leap days, etc.). The four possibilities are: Purim (F), Pesach (S-Sh), Shavuot (M), Tisha b'Av (S), Rosh ...
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Why did we keep the tradition of blowing shofar but not silver trumpets?

In the Sefer Hachinuch, mitzvah # 484 is blowing the trumpets. As always, the author concludes the discussion by telling us when the mitzvah is applicable. In this case he writes that the mitzvah of ...
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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

myjewishlearning.com has an article titled "How Do I Ask for the High Holidays Off?" which addresses how to handle this: First, provide straightforward information. Say, “You probably know I’m ...
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Mincha torah reading before a chag

Shulchan Arukh OC 292:1 במנחה אומרים אשרי ובא לציון ואני תפלתי וגו' ומוציאין ספר תורה וקורין ג' אנשים י' פסוקים מפרשה הבאה ואפילו חל יום טוב להיות בשבת קורין בפרשה הבאה ולא בשל יום טוב. At Mincha ...
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

B"H, I have solved my problem. I will post my experience here in case it could help anyone else. It turns out that what was making Yom Tov impossible for me was the fact that I lived alone and spent ...
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Any Jewish holidays especially associated with gift giving?

Purim. There is a mitzvah to give one gift containing two foods to someone. Additionally, one must give gifts to two poor people.
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Source for Shir Shel Yom of the Gra

(Note that even with the list in Maseches Sofrim, there are a few days with arguments or multiple psalms which indicate that these choices were not absolute.) Not perfect, but the best I could do... ...
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What is Ya'aleh Veyavo about?

I have long understood ya'aleh v'yavo to be an application of the pasuk in Bemidbar 10:10, וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַתְכֶם וּבְמוֹעֲדֵיכֶם וּבְרָאשֵׁי חָדְשֵׁיכֶם וּתְקַעְתֶּם בַּחֲצֹצְרֹת עַל עֹלֹתֵיכֶם וְעַל ...
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Why is Yom Tov Seven Days? Shavuot One?

Rambam discusses the different day lengths of the three holidays in Guide for the Perplexed 3:43. Quotes are from the Friedlander translation: Sukkot The Feast of Tabernacles, which is a feast of ...
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Any Jewish holidays especially associated with gift giving?

As DanF already answered, there's a requirement to give gifts on Purim. And as Joel K mentioned in a comment on the question, N'chemya 8:10–12 discusses gift-giving on Rosh Hashana (the date is ...
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Why do we mention the Rosh Chodesh korbanot in pesukei dezimra?

R' Eliezer ben Nathan (120) was asked this question. He answered that since Rosh Chodesh is a workday, not everyone will be present in synagogue to hear the Torah reading.
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What to do in a case of no siddur available and additions to the Shemoneh Esrei?

Rav Shlomo Zalman was asked what should one do who does not have a siddur available and it is shabbos or yom tov,and he only knows the weekday shmoneh esrei by heart.Rav Shlomo Zalman answered that he ...
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Source for this Remez expansion of יד שחט דם

I haven't seen it inside, but a few people have told me this is written in the kisvei Hagr"a. A chavrusa told me he heard Rav Yisroel Reisman say it in a shiur b'shem Hagra; that's the best I've been ...
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Why is only Purim to be celebrated "forever"?

The Rashba (1:93) asks the same question concerning the wording by Pesach in Shemos 12:14,17: וְהָיָה֩ הַיּ֨וֹם הַזֶּ֤ה לָכֶם֙ לְזִכָּר֔וֹן וְחַגֹּתֶ֥ם אֹת֖וֹ חַ֣ג לַֽיהוָ֑ה לְדֹרֹ֣תֵיכֶ֔ם חֻקַּ֥ת ...
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What Feast Day/Holy Day is spoken of in Judith 16, and is it still observed today?

Professor Yehoshua M. Grintz in his annotated edition of Yehudit, wrote on the Vulgate's addition to the ending of the book: "...במאה הד' לספירה לא נמצאה מכבר בידי העם אלא נוסחה ארמית...נוסחה זו ...
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Can the menorah shamash be taller by simply using a taller candle or does the menorah itself need to have the shamash holder higher by design?

Note, this is a custom, and having it at a different height is based on Yeshayahu 6:2 (and some clever gematrias). The general wording of the halacha that brings this minhag is that the candle itself ...
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Psalms for Festivals

Here is a link to a chart of the Gra's order. At the top of the chart three regulations are listed: Two psalms are not recited on any given day. The psalm for the New Moon supersedes any other psalm....
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Why don't we say Al HaNisim on Pesach?

Elleh HaMitzvot (#486) writes that we don't say a blessing of SheAsah Nissim LaAvoteinu... on biblical Mitzvot because we would have been obligated in those Mitzvot even if the miracles hadn't ...
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What is the closing psalm at Chabad services about?

There are different customs about reciting Tehillim (Psalms) daily. For example DailyTehillim.com does 1 chapter a day and complete the entire Sefer in 150 days. Some communities divide Tehillim ...
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Do people still celebrate "Frankfurt Purim"?

An old frankfurter once told me that the only vestige of Purim Frankfurt during his youth in the prewar period was the would sing Adon Olom to the military band tune which accompanied vinz to the ...
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Why isn't Tefilat Mussaf consistent?

This is discussed by the Tur in Orach Chaim 591. After quoting the opinion of Rabbeinu Tam, that the verses describing the sacrifices must be recited, he writes: ושאר המפרשים לא פירשו כן, אלא שיוצא ...
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Holidays Beginning at sundown of the previous day

As others have noted, this has been a very longstanding Jewish rule - holidays start/end at sundown. But it actually gets a little more complicated. A brief overview: 1 - This applies to ALL days, ...
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