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I’m a bit of a picky eater. So, I’d like to know: is there a deeper reason for me to be eating this stuff?
She complained last night that I’m not helpful around the house. She claims that yesterday I came home and plonked myself on the couch to relax, leaving her to look after the kids and dinner and everything else. When I pointed out to her that I actually o...
Question: I noticed that at the end of Kaddish as well as the Amidah, we take three steps back, and then say “Oseh Shalom,” a prayer for peace. It was explained to me that we step back similarly to how one would respectfully depart from a king. But why th...
Can I believe in the power of prayer when, in my experience, it hasn’t worked?
Why do I see Jews wearing a hat in addition to their kipah when they pray?
It is commonly assumed that Adam and Eve were vegetarians. In fact, it wasn’t until after the Great Flood (about 1,600 years after the creation of the world) that G‑d permitted Noah and his children to kill and consume animal life, thereby breaking a long...
Why are we rational Jews doing something that seems superstitious?
Does G‑d have such an ego problem that He demands His creations to constantly pray to him, telling Him how great He is? Not to mention all the blessings every time we eat something, go to the bathroom, wash for bread, light Shabbat candles . . .
Why Do We Light a Yahrtzeit Memorial Candle? And when and how is it done?
We Jews light a whole lot of candles for the dead. What is the reason behind the candle, and when did the custom begin?