Ask the Rabbi

“Ask the Rabbi” is your chance to pose a question from the seemingly simple to the challenging. All questions are welcome.

Depending upon space available, I will select one or more questions to answer in each edition.  The questions and answers will also be posted to our website.

Simple or complicated, long or short, signed or anonymous, questions give us access to learning.  Send me your questions so that we can continue learning together.  (Please note that the questions should relate to some aspect of Judaism or Jewish life, practice or history – questions about Temple administration should be directed to the Temple office).

Feel free to mail questions to the office or email to AsktheRabbi@templebatyam.org.


When I buy chickens at the supermarket, I find that non-kosher chickens have fewer residual feathers in the skin than the kosher chickens. Why?   Click here for the answer.

Why is the mezuzah mounted at an angle on the door frame?  Click here for the answer.

What is the significance of the seven branch menorah in the Sanctuary? Click here for the answer.

What is the deal with eggs?  While they come from chickens which are considered meat, we can mix eggs with both meat and dairy.  Is there a difference between fertilized and unfertilized eggs?  Click here for the answer.

I am a Jew by choice, do I say kaddish and sit shiva when members of my family of origin die?  Click here for the answer.

Why do some people cover their eyes when reciting certain prayers such as the candle blessing or the Shema? Do the reasons differ based on the particular prayer?  Click here for the answer.

Why don’t Jews name our children after living relatives?  Click here for the answer.

How did Hamantaschen, those three cornered, filled cookies, become associated with Purim?  Click here for the answer.

Why is drinking traditionally encouraged on Purim?  Click here for the answer.

If flour is used to make matzah for Passover, then why can’t we use flour to bake our Seder deserts?  Click here for the answer.

Why do Jewish texts and most academic texts use B.C.E. and C.E. in place of B.C. and A.D. in their system of dating?  Click here for the answer.

Why are some Jews averse to using the designation “Old Testament” when discussing the Jewish Bible and the “New Testament” when discussing the Christian Canon?  Click here for the answer.

 


 

 

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