About the Author


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 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.


Asking Forgiveness from the Deceased

In my past I wronged someone who is unfortunately no longer alive today. Is there any way I can...

Book of Enoch (Sefer Chanoch)

What is the Book of Enoch? It seems to contain fascinating content and I’m wondering if you...

Is There an Obligation to be Happy?

Please explain how God can command us to be happy? Let’s say a person is not happy? What should he...

Psalm 110 – Two Lords

Please explain what this verse means: “The Lord said unto my Lord, "Sit Thou at My right hand,...

The Borders of Israel Promised to Abraham

What exactly is the extent of the land promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21? It doesn’t seem to...

Ashkenazi versus Sephardic Jews

Can you explain to me something about the difference between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewry? What...

Uncleanness and Pure Blood After Childbirth

I was studying Leviticus 12 and came across the notion of a woman’s impurity after childbirth....

What Happened to Dinah After Her Abduction?

What happened to Dinah after she was taken by Shechem? Does the Torah ever tell us anything about...

Round Versus Square Matzah

What is the difference between the round and square matzot? When I grew up, our family always took...

Washing for Pizza

I’ve heard many different things about the status of pizza. It seems to me the equivalent of bread...

What Happens Right After We Die?

I am very curious to know what happens to the soul after a person dies. Does it remain with the...

The Purpose of the Mishkan (Tabernacle)

I’ve heard that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) served as an atonement for the Sin of the Golden Calf....

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

I just watched a program that claims that King Solomon had a child with the Queen of Sheba who was...

Jacob vs. Esau, Part III: The Next Generation

Joseph embodied Jacob's mission to the world; Judah embodied Israel's.

What Was the Serpent?

What exactly was the Serpent of the story of Adam and Eve? What it a snake as we think of it? Or...

How Our Forefathers’ Merit Helps Us

I see we often ask in our prayers that God remember the righteousness of our ancestors and as a...

Washing Again During Bread Meal

If I go to the bathroom during a bread meal, do I need to wash and say the blessing on the bread...

Washing After the Bathroom

How does one wash after going to the bathroom? Is it the same as we wash in the morning?...

The Evil of Idolatry

Why does God command us to so utterly destroy idols? We are told for example not only to cut down...

Final Judgment on Chanukah

I heard there is a Midrash that the Book of Judgment is open even after the High Holidays, and is...

Joseph Buys the Egyptians and Their Land

I was studying Genesis 47 and I was terribly bothered by the story. Because of the famine, the...

Customs for Waiting Between Meat and Milk

I see that some people wait 6 hours between meat and milk, while some wait 3 and some wait 1. Are...

What Does a Noahide Actually Do?

I grew up a believing Christian but after years of research I have come to believe in the God of...

Jewish Holidays and Celebrating our Enemies’ Destruction

It's been said that the Jewish holidays all celebrate military victories against others. How can we make celebrations over massacring others?

Why Can't God Just Reward Us?

I recently read an Aish article which explained quite cogently why God cannot simply reward man...

Jewish DNA

I did DNA testing recently and was surprised to find that I am partially “Ashkenazi Jewish.” I...

Repeating Havdalah for Others

We have several older neighbors in our building who ask me to make Havdalah for them. I try to...

Jacob Buys the Birthright for Soup

I’m studying the story of Jacob and Esau and I am so bothered by the simple storyline. Imagine the...

What is the Behemoth?

Job 40:15-24 discusses the Behemoth – a massive, powerful beast. Someone suggested that this is a...

Who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

I always had the impression that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was Ramesses II, but that doesn’t seem...

Abraham: Discovering God at Three

I had always heard that Abraham recognized God when he was three years old. Was that really the...

Significance of Hebrew Year

I know the Hebrew calendar year is counted from Rosh Hashanah, and the current year is 5778. But...

Why Do Mourners Recite Kaddish?

We are saying Kaddish for my father this year unfortunately. I would like to understand the...

Why Do We Shake the Lulav?

Why do we shake the lulav in different directions? What is the significance of it?...

Adam’s Children’s Marriages

I was wondering who the children of Adam and Eve married. If they were the world’s first people,...

Are We Obligated to Forgive?

I was hurt very deeply by another person. She either isn’t aware how hurtful her actions were or...

Jacob Steals the Blessings

I have a coworker who can’t accept how Jacob could have stolen Esau’s blessings from his father...

The Cruel Death of the Scapegoat

In the Yom Kippur service with the two goats, it bothers me that one of the goats – the se’ir...

Balaam’s Lack of Surprise at Donkey’s Speech

In Torah study group last week, we were discussing Balaam and his attempt to curse Israel. One...

Shabbat Without Gluten

I am celiac and am allergic to all foods containing gluten. Thus, I never eat bread. What should I...

Prayer: Why Not Leave it up to God?

I’ve been told that it’s a good idea to add our personal requests to our prayers and not just...

End of Slavery in Egypt

When did the slavery end in the Egypt – at the start of the plagues or when they finished?

Food Cooked in a Dairy/Meat Pot

If a non-dairy food, such as pasta, was cooked in a dairy pot, can it be eaten together with meat?...

How Miraculous was the Splitting of the Sea?

I was just reading a lecture about the Exodus. It described how Nachshon son of Aminadav was the...

Eating Shabbat Morning Before Prayers

In our community Shabbat morning services only begin at 9:00 and the lunchtime meal does not begin...

Covering Mirrors in House of Mourning

I recently visited the shiva house (house of mourning) for a coworker. One of the more striking...

Eating a Limb from a Live Animal

I was recently discussing the Noahide Laws with a non-Jewish coworker. She was quite receptive to...

Angel injuring Jacob’s Thigh

When the angel fought against Jacob, why specifically did he injure him in his thigh? Is there a...

Blessing After Washing for Bread

I noticed that whenever we wash our hands – both in the morning and before eating bread – we make...

Mice and Uncleanness

I’m very uncomfortable. Our house is infested with mice and I know the Torah says that mice are...

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