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  • Why the shofar?

    Is there a reason that the shofar is so special?

  • High Holidays at home

    For those who can’t afford High Holiday tickets, what can be done to mark the holidays in their own home?

  • Ask the Expert: How to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut in a small town

    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…

  • Ask The Expert: Why does kosher meat cost so much?

    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…

  • Ask the Expert: Other Uses for the Etrog

    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…

  • Ask the Expert: Burying the Genizah

    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…

  • Ask The Expert: Learning to say you’re sorry

    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…

  • Ask The Expert: Why is chicken parmesan not kosher?

    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…