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Could you please explain the purpose of Chronicles in the Bible? It begins with lots of genealogies from Adam on. Then it recaps stories from the 2 Books of Samuel (including King David) and from the 2 Books of Kings. Why are these recaps necessary? Does Chronicles also recap other parts of the Bible - Torah, Joshua, Judges, Prophets?

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On Weekday Morning service, Az Yashir is followed by Yishtabach. On Shabbat and Festival Morning service, Az Yashir is followed by Nishmat and eventually Yishtabach. Then the following prayers are recited on Shabbat and Festivals: HaEil B'Ta'AtzUMot (only on Festivals) ShoChein Ad B'Fi Y'ShaRim UvMaKaLot Yishtabach, which is the concluding prayer of Pseukei D'Zimra. 1. Where does Nishmat prayer end? 2. Why are the first words of each paragraph said aloud and emphasized (meaning the words listed above)?

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Hi Rabbi, I’ve seen some people sway during prayer and others stand still while praying. Which is the correct way? Thanks!

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I was a guest at the home of a religious family this past Shabbat, and they served the tastiest delicacy into which I’ve ever sunk my teeth. It had an intoxicating aroma and looked like a molasses-colored potpourri. I believe they called it “Jolt.” What is the significance of this tasty tradition?

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Dear Rabbi, could you explain to me what a gemach is? I was reading something online and saw a reference to a gemach that helped people with a variety of things that they needed. Thanks a lot!