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Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want...

Fixing Judaism On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, many have the custom of walking to a natural source of running water and reciting the Tashlich prayers. The...

In 1872, Rav Yosef Zechariah Stern (Zeicher Yehosef, Yoreh De’ah, vol. 2 no. 142), a prominent Lithuanian rabbi, was asked whether a house was cursed. After a house burned down,...

On Rosh Hashanah, Jews throughout the world hear the shofar blown 100 times each of the two days (except on Shabbos). Hearing shofar is a time-bound positive mitzvah (mitzvas aseih...

Do women have to say kiddush in shul after Shabbos morning services? For a variety of reasons, often people do not hear the rabbi saying Kiddush in shul. Since they...

On August 21, 2017, parts of North America will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in decades. Many enthusiasts are traveling to locations where they can experience the rare...

In many Orthodox synagogues, women's sections are poorly maintained. Whether it's the lighting, the cleanliness, the availability of siddurim and tissues, air conditioning, or any other number of small and...

Every year, synagogues, schools and organizations honor people for their contributions and accomplishments. Is it appropriate to honor women or does this violate the norms of modesty? Of course, practice...

The architectures of women’s sections in Orthodox shuls differ greatly, offering widely varying experiences for women. The mechitzah which divides the men’s and women’s sections and the situation of the...

Questions of kosher status sometimes mask larger dilemmas that, when uncovered, demonstrate the complexity of applying straightforward laws. Principles are easy. Life is messy. The rabbis of Kosharot, an Israeli kosher supervision...