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Shemini - Holiness and the Laws of Kashrut
What are the signs of a kosher fish? Why is there a custom to eat fish at Shabbat meals? What does water symbolize? Rabbi Kaplan focuses on the spiritual effect of keeping kosher
I am planning to marry a convert to Judaism. She converted to Judaism in Israel under the auspices of the IDF. Is she really Jewish? Will our children be kosher Jews? She is also not Torah observant (the Sabbath first and foremost) and I don’t know if she ever will. She came to live in Israel because her father is Jewish and she wanted to serve in the IDF, so she they gave her a speedy conversion.
Status of Kohen Performing Pidyon Haben
My wife gave birth to our first son and we would like to do the mitzvah of pidyon haben (redeeming of the firstborn from the kohein). Does the kohein have to be Torah observant? Can we use a non-religious kohein?
A Kosher Sukkah in 46 Seconds: an Interview with the Inventors
What happens when two inventors take their creativity one step forward in the direction of holiness? A brilliant invention of a sukkah that expands and stands stable in only 46 seconds. We went to check out how it came about.
Dear Rabbi, If I put on tzitzit and forgot to say the blessing, can I still say it after the fact as I intended on performing the mitzvah of tzitzit, and would the tzitzit be kosher? Thank you, Pinchas
Why kill a lot of animals to make one shtreimel?
Question : I saw a program about ultra-Orthodox garments and they showed a shtreimel. They explained that this hat was made of about 100 animal tails. My question is even though G-d allowed us to eat kosher animals, as long as their slaughter is humane as you explain in your book The Revolution, is it right to kill so many animals for a hat? It is not a question of fulfilling a commandment like tefillin but is just a garment that a certain community chose for itself. It's not even made out of the skin of a kosher animal that was killed for food, and its skin was a side product. It’s an impure animal that was specifically killed for its fur. Even if it was bought from non-Jews, what’s the point of putting dead animals on one’s head?
Make Sure it is a Shofar!
Which animal horns are kosher to use as a shofar and how is a shofar prepared?
Dear Rabbi, Several years ago, when I gradually began to strengthen my commitment to religion, my girls were already attending the neighborhood government-run religious school, and I was not pleased with the education there (cursing, hitting, inadequate modesty). I transferred them to a Chabad school, and at the time, I heard that it was a school with proper values and modesty. Grades three through five really were fine. This year, however, a lot of girls from irreligious families, who, obviously, are not particular about modest dress, entered the class. Even though the principal told the parents and wrote to them several times to dress modestly, it didn’t happen, and the situation remained unchanged. Now, I registered my girls (the oldest of whom is entering seventh grade and the youngest, third grade) in a Chareidi school in Kfar Gideon, but I’m concerned that my girls won’t do well there because they’ve already been exposed to the world of secular influences (TV, cellphones, and video games), for their friends from school and the moshav have no connection at all to a Torah lifestyle. I so want them to do well in their new school – how can I influence them? How can I educate them in Torah and mitzvos and to love the Torah and Hashem? Unfortunately, we used to have a TV in the house, but we got rid of it. I also took away their non-kosher cellphones, but their peers really have an influence on them – they’re so weak. If a friend/neighbor comes over in immodest dress, my youngest always says, “Why do I have to wear skirts and long-sleeved shirts?” How can I strengthen them? Will the teachers in school be able to guide the weak girls, or not?
kosher animals that eat non-kosher animals
In our Parsha class in Holland we discussed and wanted to know what happens to kosher animals that eat non-kosher animals. For example cows eat grass that can have bugs on it and kosher fish can swallow non-kosher fish.
All-Star “Jewish” Amar’e Stoudemire Headed for Jerusalem
Stoudemire who wears a kipa and keeps kosher, left the world’s best league to finish his career in Jerusalem.
The Kashrut of Dried Meat
What are the halachic requirements for dried meat to be kosher?
Laws governing a Jewish father’s relationship with his non-Jewish daughter
Rabbi, thank G-d I became religious over a year ago and I belong to the national-religious community. I try to keep more commandments and laws from day to day and in the meantime, everything is going great and I feel closer to G-d more than ever. Unfortunately, in my secular past, I lived with a non-Jewish woman who was a rather religious Christian for several years and we had a daughter. Following a dispute, we parted, the girl stayed with her and I gradually became more interested in Judaism until I became religious. I found a Jewish woman and I married her, and G-d willing we will soon have children and establish a Jewish family. But because I am the father of a girl who is now 14 years old, I meet her often even though I know that according to Jewish law, she is not my daughter because she is not Jewish, and therefore I unfortunately have not yet fulfilled the commandment of procreation. I wanted to ask you, rabbi, my questions about the child: 1. When I meet with my daughter, she instinctively wants to give me a kiss and a hug, and I also hug and kiss her back. But recently a number of people remarked to me that this might be a problem and I may not be allowed to touch her because she is not Jewish. Is this the case? Do I have to restrain from touching her or am I allowed to hug and kiss her because I know in my soul that she is still my daughter? It will be very hard for me to refuse to embrace my daughter because I still feel that she is part of me and she really loves me and I love her very much and I do not think I can hold back from touching her. 2. My daughter sometimes brings me cookies that she bakes at home and I'm sure that the oven in their house is non-kosher even if the ingredients of cookies are kosher. There is also a problem of food cooked without Jewish supervision. I often avoid eating the cookies that she offers me, claiming I am not hungry, but sometimes she insists and begs me to taste them (she probably does not have the slightest idea of the laws of kashrut) and I find it hard to keep refusing her and unwillingly eat the cookies. In your opinion, what can I do? I am very afraid that she will be hurt if I tell her that I can not eat her cookies. 3. When we meet, my daughter is very interested about everything that occurred in my life in the past year since I started to become religious, and is quite astonished to see her father looking different with a beard, wearing a kippa, blessing over food, etc., And because she is not used to it, she often is worried that I may leave her and cut off contact with her, G-d forbid. What do you think is the best way to explain the spiritual process I have been going through? 4. All this makes me wonder what should be our general attitude towards the nations of the world? We know that man is beloved because he was created in G-d’s image and we have to respect every human being no matter who he is, but to what degree are we allowed to form friendships with non-Jews? 5. I'll take advantage of the fact that I am writing these other questions and ask you a question on a slightly different matter: My wife wears a head-covering since we got married, but now she says it's not comfortable for her and she wants to go with a wig. Could I hear what you think about wearing a wig and if it is forbidden, why is that? Thank you and have a good week.
Can an Orthodox Jew have the Internet at home?
Rabbi, my children learn in an Orthodox school. I have the Internet in our home, because it is necessary for my work. Is it OK to show them Torah films on the computer — or maybe they will develop too much love for the computer? Thanks for your answer.
Questions about education
Hello Rabbi, 4 years ago we moved to a new place where there is a community of newly religious families, and right in front of our house there is a kollel (married scholars study framework) and a synagogue. We slowly formed relationships with the community, and we gradually began to get stronger ourselves. We are married with one 15-year old girl and very much want more children. I asked the rabbi of the community and he told me to try treatments and I have done 6 unsuccessful treatments. Every time I undertake to keep another commandment and another commandment on myself, and now we observe Shabbat, family purity, kosher food, separating meat and milk, reciting blessings on the food we eat, and my husband prays three prayers a day. I also undertook to dress modestly, I wear long shirts on top of pants, my shirts are not short and I wear a bandana head covering, read the Psalms, give charity, etc., In all this process we have undergone, we’ve grown spiritually, and we have great faith in our Creator that He will grant us our request one day. But our increase religiosity has created a regular conflict with my daughter, because she is not ready for it in any way. If I want to put a long shirt over her pants so it will cover her knees, she opposes it, and she constantly tries to remove my head covering. When I talk about skirts or covering herself modestly, she gets anxious and starts to shout and cry, and becomes rebellious. I do not want to do an injustice to my daughter, and am trying to advance the process little by little, each time gently. When I ask people who understand such matters like the mikvah lady or the women in the community how come I’ve done so many things and it’s not helping, they tell me to undertake another thing and another thing. I do not know what else to do, I asked the Creator of the universe for direction, but I want to know what else I should do in such a situation. My husband says to do things slowly and surely, and occasionally he calms my daughter down, but without a doubt I feel the child is not at all calm and very hurt. What do you suggest?
Why is chicken considered meat according to Jewish law? Why do some communities have the custom not eat turkey? Rabbi Kaplan summarizes the laws and customs regarding Kosher birds.
Prohibition of Eating Insects
Insect prevention is one of the trickiest areas in kashrut. Is there a requirement to check fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts and seeds for insect infestation? Rabbi Kaplan elaborates on insect prevention according to Jewish law.
Historical Verification of the Torah - Part 6
How can keeping Kosher save you from assimilation? How can it be that such a small nation has survived while many other nations have been extinct? In the last session of the series Rabbi Gottlieb elaborates further on the secret of Jewish survival.
May I buy from a store that is open on Shabbat?
Rabbi, may I buy from a store that is open on Shabbat?
Borrowing Money for Non-Kosher Activities
Are we allowed to lend money to a member of our congregation here in Budapest who is weakening in his observance if we know that he will be using the money for non-kosher activities. On the one hand it’s not nice for us to refuse, but on the other hand, he will be using my money to sin! What should I do when something like this happens?