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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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What is Tashlich?

Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to cast,’ referring to the intent to (symbolically) cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom common to both Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities. Tashlich is usually performed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. 1 The...

Must I convert to Judaism in order to learn Kabbalah?

Kabbalah is an integral component of the Torah. As with all aspects of Torah, non-Jews should study the teachings which enable and enhance their service of G-d through the fulfillment of the Seven Noahide Laws . Learning the Kabbalah and Jewish mystical teachings which have pertinence for you—no conversion...

Why is it so important for everyone to attend synagogue on Shavuot?

If you can, you should aim to attend all the services on Shavuot. But, at the very least be sure to attend service on the first so you can hear the Ten Commandments during the holiday Torah reading. And why should everyone and his fifteenth cousin hear the Ten Commandments? When we read the “Ten...

On which Jewish holidays is work forbidden?

General Note: The “work” you ask about is any of the 39 forbidden labors  prohibited to perform on Shabbat, with the exception of cooking and carrying in a public domain, which are forbidden on Shabbat but permitted on Holidays . Here’s the holiday breakdown: Rosh Hashanah : work...

What gifts are appropriate for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

A Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a birthday unlike any other in a Jewish person’s life, so save the magazine subscription, hair dryer, or Play Station for next year’s gift. A Bat and Bar Mitzvah marks an eternal milestone in a young person’s life—one that happens even without (and perhaps...

Are there any dates which are especially auspicious for getting married?

While the menu, band, and floral arrangements will remain sweet memories of your wedding, more important is the date you wed, which will have lasting impact on your life of married bliss. The absolute no-no wedding dates are during Sefirat Haomer 1 and the "Three Weeks" (see below) which are national...

What is so special about the month of Adar?

The famous saying (and jolly jingle) about Adar is that 'When Adar commences, we increase in joy'. The happiest month in the Jewish calendar is Adar for the following reasons: 1. In Adar, Haman (of the Purim story) planned to totally annihilate the Jewish people. When his plot made a complete...

Is there a time limit to the Seder?

We eat the afikoman as “dessert” after the meal in memory of the Paschal Offering and the matzah which was eaten with that offering.  Since the Paschal Offering had to be eaten before midnight, we must finish the Afikoman before midnight. 1 After the Afikoman is eaten, there are no time...

What is a Melaveh Malkah?

The Name : 'Melaveh Malkah' means 'escorting the Queen' in reference to the Shabbat Queen. Melaveh Malkah is the mitzvah meal eaten on Saturday night after Shabbat ends, to escort away the Shabbat Queen who was with us during the seventh day of the week. This meal is also known by the name (in...

Why is a sick individual’s mother’s name always mentioned in prayer?

When praying for a person who is ill, his or her Hebrew name is mentioned along with his/her mother’s name. For example, “Avraham ben (the son of) Sarah” or “Rachel bat (the daughter of) Sarah.” The main reason for mentioning the mother and not the father of the ill person is the...

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