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Malkie Janowski

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Malkie Janowski is an accomplished educator who lives in Coral Springs, Florida. Mrs. Janowski is also a responder on Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi team.
By far the most difficult commandment for me to keep is Shabbat. I never seem to get everything done in time on Friday, and can't just leave it alone as I should. Can you help me?
Why do we count up to Shavuot during the Omer instead of counting down? Isn’t it a countdown from Passover to Shavuot?
Question: In our synagogue, we read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot. I believe it’s called “Ecclesiastes” in English. What is the reason for this custom? Response: A major theme of Kohelet is the futility of mundane pursuits and pleasures, and the search fo...
Hi, I am a non-Jewish caretaker for an elderly Jewish woman. I know there are lots of rules that apply in the kitchen. What do I need to know? Answer: The first and most important thing you need to know about kosher kitchens is: when in doubt, ask! Nobody...
I’ve been feeling hypocritical lately for doing things that are Jewish once in a while, when there are so many “all-the-time” traditions that I don’t keep. I feel like I would be “taking advantage” of the once-a-year traditions . . . Therefore, I just don...
I know we always mark the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av as the day the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. But I read in Jeremiah 52:12 that the Temple was burnt on the 10th of Av.
As hard as I try, I am having trouble concentrating on the words in the prayerbook. What should I do?
I have an office staff member who celebrates Hannukah. Everyone in the office is giving gifts but her. Why doesn’t she celebrate Christmas?
Question: I've always had a hard time reading the stories in Bible because the whole thing sounds like a soap opera. It seems like everyone is always going through different troubles. I don't understand why there are constant ups and downs and such hardsh...
Question: I’m wondering about the punishment called karet—spiritual excision from G‑d. If G‑d is everywhere, how can someone be completely cut off from Him? Can you repent after getting karet? Where can I learn more about this? Answer: A soul functions on...
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