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Do Reform Jews Believe in the Messiah?

Answered by
Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
In the Jewish prayer book, the siddur, there are references to an “end of days”: the Temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt, the dead who were righteous will be resurrected, and a figure known as the Messiah, or in Hebrew the Moshiach, will restore Israel to new-found glory. The word

How many days is Sukkot?

Answered by
Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D.
Sukkot, the Jewish festival of booths (a harvest holiday of thanksgiving), begins on the 15 th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

Why Do We Observe Shavuot by Studying All Night?

Answered by
George Robinson
Since the Rabbinic period, Shavuot has been tied to the story of the Israelites receiving the Torah at Sinai. Because of this, Shavuot has come to be dedicated to the idea of Torah study and Jewish education. One custom is an all-night (or late night) study session held on the