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Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for aish.com and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service. He also serves as as a volunteer writer for Torah.org. He lives with his wife and family in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

ring of fate cover Rabbi Rosenfeld's son Zvi recently published his first book, The Ring of Fate, a riveting, fast-paced fantasy novel which is also completely kosher in both language and subject matter. It is available as both book and ebook. It is sold by Booklocker.com, as well as by Amazon.com and all the major on-line sellers.

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Eve's Creation: Rib or Side?

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Why must a spiritual day include physical delights?


Meat After the Flood

Meat After the Flood

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Roasted Foods at Seder

Roasted Foods at Seder

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Passover – 14th or 15th?

Passover – 14th or 15th?

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Plague of Blood – Magician’s Imitation

Plague of Blood – Magician’s Imitation

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Drinking on Purim

Drinking on Purim

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When love transcends understanding.


The Plagues: Why the Staff?

The Plagues: Why the Staff?

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Israeli Fruit on Tu B’Shvat

Israeli Fruit on Tu B’Shvat

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Carobs on Tu B’Shvat

Carobs on Tu B’Shvat

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Shiva on Shabbat

Shiva on Shabbat

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Cousin Marriages

Cousin Marriages

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Jacob vs. Esau, Part II: Jacob Becomes Israel

Jacob vs. Esau, Part II: Jacob Becomes Israel

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Jacob, in assuming Esau’s mission, receives both a second wife and a second name.


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Jacob vs. Esau, Part I: The Two Roles

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Unravelling one of the most cryptic episodes of the entire Torah.


The After-Holidays Blues

The After-Holidays Blues

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It’s during the quiet times of life that we show God what we are truly made of.


The Forgotten Supper

The Forgotten Supper

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The biggest activity we do on Yom Kippur is not repenting; it is apologizing.


The Long Road to Heaven

The Long Road to Heaven

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If God loves us, why did He place us in such a dark and evil world?


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Is the Torah Literal?

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Ruth vs. Orpah: The High Stakes of Life

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The Book of Ruth teaches us man’s enormous potential for greatness – and the catastrophic results if such greatness is misdirected.


“Let Us Make Man”

“Let Us Make Man”

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Why Rabbi Akiva is My Hero

Why Rabbi Akiva is My Hero

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10 life lessons from an accessible giant.


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Passover: Embracing Our Past for the Future

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Instead of rejecting our negative past, Passover teaches us how to use it.


Do We Really Want the Messiah?

Do We Really Want the Messiah?

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Simchat Torah: Just You and Me

Simchat Torah: Just You and Me

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Amidst all the dancing and revelry, we realize just how alone we are with God.


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Shabbat: God’s Perfect Universe

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Why we rest on Shabbat.


Tisha B’Av: The Pain of Distance

Tisha B’Av: The Pain of Distance

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On the ninth day of Av, God teaches us just how painful it is when He isn’t there.


Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

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Fasting enables us to discover what is truly important to us.


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Shavuot: Crazy, Stupid Love

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Staying up Shavuot night teaches us what Torah study is all about.


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Exodus: The Unexpected Redemption

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Why did God make the slavery worse before redeeming the Jewish people?


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Purim’s Non-Heroes

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The marked inactivity of the Purim story’s main characters holds the key to the story.


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Judaism and Dreams

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The significance of dreams in Jewish thought.


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Sandy's Message of Hope

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Extraordinary Jewish sensitivity to victims of the storm, and how you can help.


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Our forefather Abraham not only taught the world about God; he taught us how to discover Him.


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Sukkot: I’m Not Letting Go

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Why Sukkot comes right after the High Holidays.


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Shehechiyanu Blessing on Major Purchase

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Eishet Yefat To’ar – Woman Captured in War

Eishet Yefat To’ar – Woman Captured in War

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Chanukah Gelt

Chanukah Gelt

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Relighting Extinguished Candles

Relighting Extinguished Candles

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Lechem Mishna - Double Loaves

Lechem Mishna - Double Loaves

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Foul Language

Foul Language

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Broken Fast

Broken Fast

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China Dishes, Porcelain

China Dishes, Porcelain

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Prayer for Taking Medicine

Prayer for Taking Medicine

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Significance of Dreams

Significance of Dreams

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Withholding / Delaying Notification of Death

Withholding / Delaying Notification of Death

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Stealing the Afikomen

Stealing the Afikomen

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Moses: No Entry into Israel

Moses: No Entry into Israel

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Evil Eye – Ayin Hara

Evil Eye – Ayin Hara

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Announcing a Pregnancy

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