Judaism

Heinous or Harmless?

Read: Fury at Hasidic dress codes. Do you think store owners have the right to go above and beyond the standard “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service”? Or is it totally their call – if…

Concubine Anyone?

Quote from article :  Kosher Concubines The Chief Judge of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel, has ruled that in cases where a man has not fathered any children, and his wife cannot or does…

The Tuition Crisis

Read this article about When Yeshiva Day School Is No Longer A Viable Option. Many people find themselves in a bind – they want to send their children to Jewish schools, but there is no…

WWYD – Feelings vs Kashrut

A friend was recently visiting relatives who put out some yummies for kiddush Shabbat day. There were cheeses and chocolates, pastries and cakes – the table was groaning under the weight! My friend happened to…

From the Mailbag:

Dear HaDassah, In one month and one week I will be turning 38. I’ve never been married and so far there are no prospects. I’m getting to the point where I have to accept the…

Raising Kids the Right Way

I have been contemplating, of late, the lessons I want my sons to have learned at my knee. I think the most important lesson I want them to remember is that it’s what’s in a…

Shlissel Challah

Many Jewish people will be baking challah for Shabbat this week either in the shape of a key or with a key added inside the challah. This is supposed to bring parnassah to the household….

I AM A JEW!!

Most Difficult Mitzvah

I was asked the other day which mitzvah I found the most difficult to do. Truth is, out of the 613 mitzvot that we have from the Torah, there are a lot that we cannot…

Is a round chanukiah kosher?

Letter from a reader: My  5 year old daughter made a round chanukiah today, and my husband came home and told me straight away it wasn’t kosher b/c you have to be able to distinguish…

Bendigamos Al Altissimo

I blogged about this Sephardi Birkat Hamazon many moons ago. Yesterday my friend G6 put on a Thanksgiving Dinner for the seniors center that she runs, and the awesome choir of KAJ sang a medley…