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Ask the Expert: Can I Say Mazel Tov to a Pregnant Person?

A better thing to say is b’sha’ah tovah — here’s why.

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Ask the Expert: Can a Non-Jew Hang a Mezuzah on their Doorpost?

We want to show solidarity with the local Jewish community.

Ask the Expert: Is Sex Permitted on Shabbat?

Sex isn't only permitted on Shabbat — it's encouraged.

Ask the Expert: What If It’s Not Safe To Display My Menorah?

There have been antisemitic incidents in my area and I’m worried about being visibly Jewish.

Question: Can I Convert to Judaism and Still Be Christian?

Judaism and Christianity profess beliefs that are incompatible with each other.

Question: How do I celebrate the in-between days of Passover?

How to mark the middle days of the eight-day festival.

Ask the Expert: Are Tomatoes from the Vine, Ground or Tree for Jewish Blessings?

As far as food blessings are concerned, what matters is how the food grows — not its botanical classification.

Question: Can Jews Hang Wreaths On Their Doors?

While wreaths are often associated with Christmas, their history goes back farther.

Ask the Expert: Is There a Jewish Blessing for Seeing a Solar Eclipse?

Solar eclipses have traditionally been understood by Jewish tradition as bad omens.

Ask the Expert: Are Any Jewish Rituals Forbidden During the Conversion Process?

Taking on new rituals is part of converting to Judaism, and your rabbi is there to guide you.

Ask the Expert: Can I Sit Shiva For Anyone?

Can I sit shiva for someone I'm not obligated to mourn for?

Ask the Expert: Will We Still Need Rabbis if the Temple Is Rebuilt?

The Third Temple would raise many questions about Jewish practice.

Ask the Expert: Can I Make Kiddush on a Jell-O Shot?

If a Jell-O shot is made from kosher wine, can it be used for Kiddush on Shabbat?