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As a pregnant woman, how will I fast for Yom Kippur?

Question: My husband and I recently found out we will soon be blessed with another child. What do you suggest can help me through the fast this...

Why do we eat Kreplach?

A triangular pattern:  Many people eat Kreplach1 without knowing why. After all, it is a tradition, and a tasty one at that. So why ask questions?...

Why do people distribute honey cake around the High Holiday season?

It is customary to request lekach (honey-cake) on the day before Yom Kippur. The shamash (beadle) or rabbi of the synagogue traditionally distributes the...

Why does a pregnant woman take more then one chicken for Kaparot?

According to the custom initiated by the Arizal, a pregnant woman should take three birds for kaparot -- one female for herself, and an additional male...

Recipe for Fancy Kreplach

Kreplach are small squares of rolled pasta dough filled with ground beef or chicken and folded into triangles. They can be boiled and served in soup or...

Recipe for Basic Kreplach

Kreplach are small squares of rolled pasta dough filled with ground beef or chicken and folded into triangles. They can be boiled and served in soup or...

Is Kiddush recited before the pre-Yom Kippur meal?

We do not recite Kiddush during this meal. Kiddush is recited only on Shabbat and Holidays; since this meal isn't quite a holiday meal -- it merely...

What are the laws and customs pertaining to the day before Yom Kippur?

1) It is customary to perform the rite of kaparot (symbolic “atonement”) on the day preceding Yom Kippur. (See What is Kaparot?) 2) It is a...

What is Kaparot?

It is customary to perform the rite of Kaparot (symbolic “atonement”) on the day preceding Yom Kippur. Preferably, kaparot should be done in...