September 3, 2010 5:08pm
Is there a reason that the shofar is so special?
September 3, 2010 5:04pm
For those who can’t afford High Holiday tickets, what can be done to mark the holidays in their own home?
April 16, 2010 8:56pm
Question: I live in a town with a small Jewish community, and with no Israelis. I want to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s independence day, but I’m not sure what kinds of things I can do. Do you have any ideas? – Megan, Buffalo Center, Iowa Answer: It’s awesome that you’re planning to celebrate, Megan. Yom…
October 30, 2009 6:50pm
Question: Why is kosher meat more expensive than non-kosher meat? Is it all a scam or is there actually justification for the prices? – James, Montreal Answer: I feel your pain, James. Kosher meat is not cheap. So what accounts for the hefty price tag on your steak? I spoke with Alan Kaufman, owner of…
October 2, 2009 7:08pm
Question: Every year I see the Jewish community get really excited about the crop of etrogim to be used during Sukkot. Is there any other use for this strange fruit? Does anyone else get as excited about etrogim as we Jews do? – Daniel, New York Answer: The Torah tells us in Leviticus 23:40 that…
September 25, 2009 7:15pm
Question: What is the protocol for burying damaged Jewish prayer books and shawls? Should they be wrapped? Can they be buried in my yard? Are there special prayers to be recited? – Linda, Randolph, Mass. Answer: It sounds like you’re talking about burying the contents of a genizah, Linda. Genizah means "reserved" or "hidden" in…
September 18, 2009 8:17pm
Question: I know Yom Kippur is coming up and I’m supposed to apologize to people. How am I supposed to do that? Should I literally call everyone I know? Post a mass note on Facebook? –Miriam, New York Answer: It’s impressive that you’re serious about asking for forgiveness before Yom Kippur, Miriam. It’s a big…
September 11, 2009 6:01pm
Question: Why is poultry considered meat for the purpose of separating meat and dairy? Birds don’t give milk, so you wouldn’t be seething a kid in its mother’s milk if you mixed chicken and dairy. – Anita, Arkadelphia Answer: Mmmm, chicken milk. You mean you’ve never tried it? But seriously. According to the rules of…