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.


Long Lifespans and Late Childbearing in Genesis

Genesis 5 lists the generations from Adam till Noah, and not only did the people live much longer,...

Kabbalah Versus Magic

If the Torah forbids witchcraft and magic, how come there were great Kabbalists who would change...

Niddah – Monthly Loss of Life

I was learning with a friend, and we were bothered why God created women in such a way that every...

Appearance of Names in the Torah

I’m trying to find a consistent pattern in the Torah regarding the identification of people....

Sukkah from Pergola

We have a pergola next to our house. Can I convert it into a Sukkah? What do I need to know? One...

Bar Mitzvah Speech

I have to speak at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah in a few weeks. Can you give me some suggestions what I...

Adding Personal Requests to Daily Prayers

I understand there are places in the Amidah where one can insert personal prayers – apart from the...

New Fruit on Second Night of Rosh Hashanah

When do we eat a new fruit on Rosh Hashanah – on the first night, the second night, or both? Is...

Desiring Sin

I have a general question about spiritual growth. We all have desires for forbidden acts. Should...

Recommended Tehillim (Psalms) Lists

I have several frustrating issues going on in life today, as well as a relative who is really not...

Aufruf Before Wedding

What is the basis for celebrating an aufruf, and what does the word mean?

World War One Beginning on Tisha B’Av

I have heard that one of the tragedies which occurred on Tisha B’Av is that World War One began on...

Why Didn’t Joseph Contact His Family?

I was thinking about the story of Joseph in the Torah, and a thought came to me. Why didn't Joseph...

The Torah’s “Rediscovery” in Josiah’s Time

I have heard the claim that we believe the Torah is true because millions witnessed the Revelation...

Seventieth Birthday, Significance of 70

I am about to celebrate my 70th birthday God willing. Does Jewish law prescribe any practices or...

Mars Colonization

I know this is a hypothetical question, but let’s say living conditions become too difficult on...

The Cherubim Versus Idols

What exactly were the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant? It seems strange to me that they were...

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 scenario. Two brothers, one is sitting at home studying and the other returns from an exhausting day at work. He asks his brother for something to eat. Does the brother help him, as any good brother should? No, he takes advantage of Esau’s weakness and only agrees to give him food if he parts with his most precious asset – his birthright. How can Jacob act so unethically?

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...

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