Orphan Visiting Cemetery Before Wedding - Should my fiancé visit her grandfather’s grave in the week before her wedding? I have heard there is such a custom. More »
Adopted Children – Parents’ Names - I was not raised by my biological parents and was adopted as a baby. For my Jewish name, am I considered the son of (“ben”) my biological parents or my adoptive ones? I’m very close to the latter and feel… More »
Kaddish for Abusive Parent - My father was violent and abusive. He suffered from depression and other psychological disorders, and growing up was very difficult for me and my sister. He died fairly recently. We sat shiva for him and I began saying Kaddish regularly.… More »
Convert – Mourning & Kaddish for Non-Jewish Parent - I am a convert but I still have a good relationship with my parents, who are very decent people and who were very supportive of my religious transformation. Unfortunately, my father is not doing well. In the event that matters… More »
Mourning Adoptive Parent - How do the laws of kaddish and mourning apply to an adopted child? My father is unfortunately not doing well. To me he is a father in every way, but I do know that my sister and I are not… More »
Child Attending Parent’s Second Marriage - My parents are divorced and my father is remarrying in the near future. It will be a very small ceremony, and I was told that the children of the first marriage should not attend. Is that true? More »
Convert's Mother-in-Law - My husband is a convert and I'm studying for conversion, too. When I told my parents I was converting my mother's response was joyful – she feels that the one thing she regrets in her life was that she did… More »
Observant Child in Non-Observant Family - I’m 15 years old and have really gotten into Judaism. The problem is that my parents (who are both Jewish) think that religion is bad. I started wearing a kippah and they freaked out. Keeping Shabbat is nearly impossible at… More »
Honoring Abusive Parents - I have a very sensitive question. I truly believe in honoring one's parents. My father, God rest his soul, died in 1990. He was an abusive, misogynistic alcoholic, who cheated on my mother and abandoned his duties as a father.… More »
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