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What are the obligations and exemptions of an Onan?

An onan is a person who has experienced the loss of a close relative; parent, sibling, spouse or child, whom has not yet been buried.1 Honor for the...

Why are so many people into the number 18 - Chai?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... Chaim: What is the significance of the number 18?...

How do you explain the death of a parent to a young child?

As adults we tend to think comfort comes from intellectual understanding and soothing words.A child finds comfort in a sympathetic face, a gentle smile,...

Attaining Immortality

What is the Jewish perspective on death? What is the proper way to commemorate a person’s passing? Today it is fashionable to pay homage to the...

Which Kohanim should not participate in the Priestly Blessing?

• A crucial prerequisite to the Birkat Kohanim is mutual love and respect between the Kohanim and the congregation. In fact, the text of the...

What is an appropriate gift for a friend who is sitting Shivah?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Jen: What do friends send over to a Jewish family when...

Kaddish

I am G-d Who lifted you out of Egypt to be your G-d. Therefore be holy since I am holy (Leviticus 11:45)   Is there anything more powerful than...

Can I sit Shiva for someone who was not an immediate family member?

Q. My grandmother passed away. What do I do in terms of mourning? Do I sit Shiva? A. Firstly, I would like to express my condolences to you and your...

What can I say to dear friends on the anniversary of the death of their son?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... Fay: what can a gentile say to dear jewish friends on the...

What do I bring to a house when they are sitting shivah?

Generally you would not bring anything to someone sitting shivah as it is not an appropriate time for gifts. Some people do bring food to the house...