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I am due to have twins in a little over a month. My mother in law has decided that she will come to stay with us for a month to help me get back on my feet. I am a nervous wreck about her coming...
The refreshments almost always include chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and beer. To understand why, we need to understand the main reasons behind the shalom zachor.
Chana Question: My question is on the subject of cleanness of a mother after the birth of a male or female (Leviticus 12). The woman is unclean for seven days after a male birth, and after the birth of a female the mother is unclean for fourteen days. Why...
My parents say that I was an "accident." Is there any meaning in celebrating the day that I wasn't really supposed to have been born on?
I am worried about my friend and fear that she is depressed. She has a few kids fairly close in age, and since her second child was born, her whole personality has changed...
Predicting the future is big business, as newspaper astrologers and corporate consultants profit from our insatiable desire to know the unknown. Is there anything to it? Do the stars hold any power over our lives?
Far from considering it incidental, Jewish tradition regards one's Jewish birthday to be brimming with meaning and relevance
Question: My grandmother passed away on her Jewish birthday. A relative said that in Judaism it is considered a particular blessing to die on one’s birthday. Is that correct? Answer: That is indeed the case. The Talmud teaches that Moses passed away on th...
Question: Do Jews place candles on birthday cakes and blow them out? Response: Candles are nice. But some trace the custom of placing candles on a birthday cake to the ancient Greek practice of celebrating the birthday of one of the pagan gods, as reporte...
Our eight-year-old son gets invited to birthday parties where non-kosher food is served. What’s the best way to handle this situation?
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