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Q & A: Erecting A Monument Over A Grave

Question: Recently it came to light that there is no memorial stone over the grave of a family member who passed away some time ago. He has children, but, unfortunately, they refuse to do anything to rectify this matter. Worse, they say that erecting a monument is not a requirement. I don’t agree with them. Please quote sources so that I can prove to them that they must erect a memorial stone. Name withheld by request

Q & A: Ruth’s Conversion

Question: When did Ruth convert – before or after she married Naomi’s son? Also, what is the earliest reference in Jewish sources to a formal conversion process? Lazar Rozenblat Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: More Sefirah Questions (Part III)

Question: Is there a requirement to say “Hineni muchan u’mezuman…” before Sefirat HaOmer? Also if a person arrives late for Maariv, should he count sefirah first with the minyan or proceed immediately to Maariv? Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: More Sefirah Questions (Part II)

Question: Is there a requirement to say “Hineni muchan u’mezuman…” before Sefirat HaOmer? Also if a person arrives late for Maariv, should he count sefirah first with the minyan or proceed immediately to Maariv? Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: More Sefirah Questions (Part I)

Question: Is there a requirement to say “Hineni muchan u’mezuman…” before Sefirat HaOmer? Also if a person arrives late for Maariv, should he count sefirah first with the minyan or proceed immediately to Maariv? Moshe Jakobowitz Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer Questions (Part II)

Question: What if someone counted the Omer but forgot to utter the blessing – has he fulfilled his obligation? Also, why is a blessing necessary altogether? There is no blessing for the counting of the zayin nekiyim. M. Goldman Miami Beach, FL

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer Questions (Part I)

Question: What if someone counted the Omer but forgot to utter the blessing – has he fulfilled his obligation? Also, why is a blessing necessary altogether? There is no blessing for the counting of the zayin nekiyim. M. Goldman Miami Beach, FL

Q & A: The Plague Of Locust

Question: When the Torah describes the 10 plagues with which Egypt was afflicted, we find the Hebrew preposition “ba” only in connection with the plague of locust: “Vayomer Hashem Moshe, ‘Neteh yad’cha al eretz Mitzrayim ba’arbeh’ – And Hashe said to Moshe, ‘Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt with locust.” Is there a specific reason for this anomaly? A. Lieb Brooklyn, NY

Q & A: Seder Requirements

Question: What is the minimum amount of matzah a person must consume if he finds eating it difficult? Additionally how absolute is the requirement not to eat anything after the afikoman? Menachem

Q & A: Joshua Marries Rahab (Redux) (Part III)

Question: I am a psychology professor at McGill University who is doing an MA in Jewish studies. My thesis topic is the history of interpretation of the story of Rachav Hazona. In the course of my research I was trying to understand how the Midrash derived that Rahab converted.

Q & A: Joshua Marries Rahab (Redux) (Part II)

Question: I am a psychology professor at McGill University who is doing an MA in Jewish studies. My thesis topic is the history of interpretation of the story of Rachav Hazona. In the course of my research I was trying to understand how the Midrash derived that Rahab converted.

Q & A: May A Girl Share Her Mother-In-Law’s Name?

Question: I am seriously dating a girl who has a similar name to my mother. My mother’s name is Pischa and the girl’s name is Pesha. Since both names arguably derive from the word Pesach, would it be a problem for me to potentially marry this girl? Name Witheld Via E-Mail

Q & A: Purim Se’udah At Night?

Question: Taking into account the fact that one might have to travel on Purim day, may one make one’s Purim se’udah on Purim eve? No Name Please

Q & A: Amen (Part X)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part IX)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part VIII)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Leap Year Yahrzeit Observance

Question: I just read your wonderful article on which Adar to observe a yahrzeit in a leap year. Would one make a hazkara in both months or only during the first Adar? Thank you for your time.

Q & A: Amen (Part VII)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part VI)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part V)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part IV)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q &A: Amen (Part III)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part II)

What is the exact meaning of amen and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Amen (Part II)

What is the exact meaning of “amen” and where does the word come from? David H. (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XXII)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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