Answers to Jewish Questions

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Why do Jews wear head coverings?

Answered by
Rabbi Victor S. Appell
The custom of covering one’s head is based on custom, a minhag, that first appeared during the Rabbinic Period (roughly, from the beginning of the Common Era to 500 C.E.).

Are resolutions a Jewish concept?

Answered by
Rabbi Victor S. Appell
It is always appropriate to commit to resolutions that will improve our lives, the lives of those around us, and the larger world.

Why do we eat latkes on Hanukkah?

Answered by
Rabbi Victor S. Appell
A common explanation is that we eat latkes (potato pancakes) because they are cooked in oil and this remind us of the miracle that a single cruse of oil found in the Temple lasted for eight nights.