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Mrs. Dinka Kumer

Mrs. Kumer was born and raised in Nashville, TN. After making aliyah, she earned a degree in Jewish education from the Israeli government and taught in Israel and Moldova. She co-directs an organization that counsels underprivileged women. She lives with her husband and children in the holy city of Tzfat.

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We have no children, should we just skip the Four Questions?

Everyone—child and adult—should say the Four Questions. While there is the tradition of the youngest child singing the Four FAQ’s aloud, we should all recite them afterwards along with the rest of the Haggadah text. The fact of the matter is that these Questions are for adults, too. We really...

How do I ascertain whether a particular food item is Kosher for Passover?

Foods must be specifically marked with a “Kosher for Passover” symbol (hechsher) somewhere on the packaging. Often it will be one of the kosher symbols you see all year round with the words “for Passover,” or simply the letter “P”, underneath. Just make sure that the kosher food...

What is the Jewish view on doctors and medicine?

Judaism does not consider a person’s body to be his or her own property. G-d entrusts a body into our care for the soul to inhabit during our life on earth. And in providing us a body within which to live, G-d gives us an instruction manual what may or may not be done with that body. One of the primary...

What is Chol Hamoed?

Chol Hamoed (literally, "the weekdays of the holiday") are the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot. They are the days sandwiched between the beginning and end holy days of both festivals. For example, Passover is eight days long. The first two days and last two days are full fledged holy days. The middle...

What is the symbolism of the chupah?

First and foremost the chupah (marriage canopy) serves a Jewish legal purpose for the couple getting married. Through the holy chupah and the blessings recited under it, a man and woman legally (by Jewish law) become husband and wife. There is also much symbolism attached to the chupah ceremony: 1) ...

How do we know that the "Seventh Day" mentioned in Torah corresponds to Saturday?

The 7th day, a.k.a. Shabbat, was around much before any Sabbath devised by the Romans. In Judaism—and this is also the case in Modern Hebrew—the days of the week have no individual names, rather they are named according to their chronology: the “first day,” the “second day,”...

What is Havdalah?

Havdalah comes from the Hebrew word “ l'havdil ,” meaning “to separate.” The mitzvah of havdalah is performed at the conclusion of Shabbat, and it involves making a verbal separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week. Havdalah functions as a time divider, separating the serenity...

Does a woman after menopause go to the mikvah?

A menopausal woman needs to go to mikvah only if she gets a menstrual period or finds a blood stain 1 —and only if she is married. However, a married woman who did not go to the mikvah during her younger years, MUST go to the mikvah once even though her menstrual cycle has ceased. A menstruating woman...

Why is it necessary for the bride and groom to be “escorted” to the Chupah?

The bride and groom are escorted to the Chupah 1 so that they not become emotionally overwhelmed on their way to be wed. These escorts support and encourage the young couple on their way to making the decision of a lifetime. These escorts must be married couples 2 —living examples of loving and happy...

Who escorts the bride and groom down the aisle?

A Jewish married couple should escort both the bride and groom to and under the chupah. The most prevalent custom is that this be the couple’s parents. Either the two mothers accompany the bride and the two fathers accompany the groom OR the bride’s parents accompany her and the groom’s parents...

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