Archive | Miscellaneous

Kosher Dog Food

Dear Rabbi Simon, Interesting question from a new client with his puppy… ‘What rules apply to dog food in a strictly kosher home?’ I have always been of the opinion that as it’s the dog that’s eating the food there shouldn’t be an issue, but I think the client has a point about wet, canned […]

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Alternative to Wine & Grape Juice for Seder

Dear Rabbi Simon, I can’t drink wine, and grape juice does not agree with me.  Can I substitute pomegranate juice, or something else, even sparkling water. Many thanks for answering my question, Leah Dear Leah, Under the extenuating circumstances you describe, you may substitute another beverage for that of the grape. (Another option is to […]

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“Kvatter” – what do I need to know?

Hi Rabbi, I have been given the honour with Debbie to be Kvatter at a Bris tomorrow. What am I expected to do? And what does the honour entail? Thank you. Regards David Hi David, Kvatter (Kvatterin in the feminine) is the Yiddish term (probably from the old German meaning “in place of the father”) for […]

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Gender of Moshiach

Dear Rabbi Simon, When Moshiach finally comes, there will inevitably be disputes as to whether he’s genuine.  At what point can we be certain that he has really arrived?  Could Moshiach be a lady? Gaby Dear Gaby, Difficult though it is for us to imagine, in today’s seemingly fractious and contentious Jewish world, Maimonides writes […]

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Mikvah Immersion

Dear Rabbi Simon, My wife Sarah is both a full time mother and facing medical challenges at the moment. This leaves her very tired and emotionally drained by the end of the day. She also has a phobia of going under water. Consequently, she finds the monthly mikva trip very difficult, and this month impossible […]

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Adar 1 Anniversary

Q: Dear Rabbi Simon, If someone was born (or died) on 30 Adar I, when would his birthday (or yahrtzeit) be in a normal year? (Adar usually only has 29 days.) Regards, Esther A: Dear Esther, Thank you for your question. As you say, in a non-leap year (only one Adar) the month has only […]

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How do you trace Jewish roots?

Hi Rabbi I was just wondering about …. How do i find out about my jewish roots in New Zealand. Recently my mother told me that my great grandmother was from spain and was of the jewish faith. I would like to investigate this but dont know where to start. Please help if you can. […]

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