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Dovid Zaklikowski

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Dovid Zaklikowski is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. Dovid and his wife Chana Raizel are the proud parents of four: Motti, Meir, Shaina & Moshe Binyomin.
Why all the joy on the day of the passing of the great sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?
Every year on the holiday of Lag BaOmer, we go to the park, have bonfires and live music and many celebrations. I never understood this. Are we supposed to have celebrations on the anniversary of someone’s passing?
There seem to be several different kaddish prayers that are recited daily. Could you explain their differences?
Dear Rabbi, Why does Judaism cost so much money? If I want a mezuzah for my doorpost, it’s $25. Candlesticks for Shabbat can cost hundreds of dollars. The list goes on and on. For a Buddhist, religion is cheap. For a Christian, religion is cheap. Yes, som...
Wouldn’t a flashlight do the same in the search for leavened foods?
Dear Rabbi, I learned that when searching for chametz on the night before Passover, a single candle should be used instead of a torch, because: 1) a candle produces a good light, and 2) since it is safer, one will search better. What about the modern “tor...
The greatest form of charity
I recently completed a major business deal and made a profit of several hundred-thousand-dollars. I live a rather simple lifestyle and was wondering if you could offer some advice on what I should do with the money.
Are cranberries considered a fruit from a tree or a fruit from the ground?
The basis for the commandment to honor our parents might be seen as rational and reasonable, since it would only seem right to acknowledge all that our parents gave us.
The parochet on the aron kodesh
Ever wondered why the ark in your synagogue has two coverings – a door and a curtain?
The word chumash is derived from the Hebrew word chomesh, which means a fifth.
It was nice eating at your house this past Shabbat. But I noticed that your walls are covered with bookshelves. Why do you have so many books?
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