Question
Is this coming year (2018-2019) a leap year with an extra month? And why is a leap year a month longer - seems like pretty drastic calendar swings! Thanks.

Question
When we visited my grandmother recently I noticed she had a small colorful box at the entrance for putting coins into for charity. Does this box have a name? Is it a common thing to have? Thanks.
,

Question
I am trying to debunk what I think is a myth. When a person coverts to another faith, thus renouncing Judaism, does the family respond as if they had died? Do they have a funeral and no longer consider the person "alive" to them?

Question
Hello. I have a few questions to ask: 1) I'm an Orthodox person, yet I do have a non-Jewish Vietnamese friend (purely platonic). My question is; Is it permissible for her to hold the Havdala candle while I make Havdala? Also, can she drink from the Havdala wine (and Kiddush wine / Challa)? 2) Netilat- yadayim after the toilet - only after the hands were dried, is that correct? 3) If I'm having a shower and I happen to soap my feet - my hands will have "Tumah" on them - can I do netilat-yadayim while undressed in the shower first (without a beracha of course), so that I can than scrub the rest of my body with soap? And do I need to dry my hands after the netilat-yadayim, before continuing to soap the rest of my body? 4) If I eat a fruit, for example an orange and say the beracha 'borei pri haetz', and than open the fridge and decide to eat an apple, and after a few minutes I eat a pear - do I need to say 'bore pri haetz' on each fruit separately, even tho they are all fruit and the beracha is the same?    

Question
Hi Rabbi, I know that we get light from the moon at night by its reflecting the sun’s light, but is there any special message we learn from the moon’s existence? What I mean is that I assume we could manage without it. Thanks.
,