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Anointing and “The Anointed One” (Messiah) - When was anointing done in Biblical times? Is it still practiced today? More »
Are Religious People Happy? - I grew up Orthodox but fell out of practice in my early 20s. In the few years since then I have dabbled with several other religious beliefs or just secular living, and I never really felt fulfilled. At this point,... More »
Blessing Before Torah Study - I’ve begun studying Torah more regularly and wanted to know if there is some blessing I should say before doing so. More »
Bracha Acharona on Hot Drinks & Soda - I was told that I shouldn’t say a bracha after drinking coffee at work. Is this true and why? More »
Bracha Acharona on Yogurt, Ice Cream, Ices - I heard that we do not say a bracha acharona (after blessing) on yogurt. Is this true and what is the reason? More »
Chametz – Deeper Meaning - Is there a deeper meaning behind the law that we may not have chametz on Passover – beyond that this is what the Jews ate when they left? More »
Cleaning the House Before Going Away for Passover - I am leaving for Israel a few days before Pesach and returning after the holiday. Do I still have to clean for Pesach? More »
Duration of Slavery in Egypt - How long did the actual slavery of Egypt last? When the Children of Israel first descended to Egypt, they were treated with honor as Joseph’s family, and only after he died did the slavery begin. Do the Sages state... More »
Elijah’s Ascent to Heaven - I’m trying to understand what exactly occurred when Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot (II Kings 2:11). The Torah states that he was taken up to Heaven in a whirlwind. Was this a form of death? Elijah is mentioned... More »
Giving Gifts on Shabbat - I am invited Shabbat lunch to a local family. Is there any issue with bringing them a gift such as a bottle of wine? More »
Grandson Saying Kaddish - My grandmother recently passed away. She only had one son, my father a”h, who passed away a few years ago. She also had two daughters. I am the oldest grandson. Should I say kaddish for my grandmother or should one of... More »
Havdalah – Spilled Wine - I was watching a video about Shabbat and the rabbi mentioned a custom to spill some wine out before drinking it. Can you tell me the basis for this? More »
Is Eel Kosher? - Eel seems not be be accepted as kosher, and I’m wondering why, for example the species unagi. As far as I can see, it has fins and scales, though both are small. More »
Is the Messiah Alive Today? - People often say that the Era of the Messiah is close. Does this mean that the Messiah is alive today, already among us? Or will he magically descend from Heaven or something like that? Does anyone know when he is... More »
Israeli in Diaspora, Second Day Yom Tov - I live in Israel but will be in America for Shavuot this year. Would I be able to use my computer on the second day of Yom Tov – which for me is a regular day? It will be in a private room not... visible from the outside. More »
Items Doomed to God - I’m trying to make sense out of Leviticus 27:28-29. It seems to state that all items doomed to God, whether people, animals, or fields, may not be redeemed. They are most holy to God and must be destroyed or put to... More »
Judicial Process, Rights of the Accused - With regards to the Sanhedrin of old, what rights did the accused have and what due process was followed in a trial? More »
Kid in Mother’s Milk not Taken Literally - The Torah states a clear law, “You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.” How in the world can this be taken as the basis for not eating meat and milk together at all, not even in the same meal? The Torah is... More »
King David Descended from Lot’s Daughters - Yesterday I was reading in Genesis the story of Lot’s daughters who bore children from him and begat the nations of Amon and Moab. It then struck me that since King David’s great-grandmother was Ruth the Moabite, it... More »
Lighting Chanukah Candles After Work - I have a busy work schedule and do not return home until after 8 PM. Should I light when I return? Should my wife light for me earlier, before I get home? Or should I attempt to leave work early to... light on time? More »
Mezuzah in Office - I own a small company. I rent office space for it in a nearby business park. Does it require a mezuzah? More »
Mushrooms: Kosher Status, Blessing - Mushrooms are fungi. They are not the seed-bearing plants the Torah allows man to eat. If so, how can they be kosher? More »
No Hebrew Name – Writing Ketubah - I grew up in an entirely secular family and was never given a Hebrew name. My son will be married God willing in about two weeks, and his future mother-in-law wants to know his and his father’s Hebrew name for the... More »
Noah’s Curse of Canaan - When Noah became drunk and uncovered, wasn’t it his son Ham who saw him (Genesis 9:22)? Why was his son Canaan cursed? Why not Ham himself? More »
Psalm 2: God’s Son and Kiss the Son - What is the Jewish thought concerning God's son in light of Psalm 2? It describes someone as the King of Zion, a world leader, and says that God calls him His son, whom He gave birth to (v. 7). Further, verse 12 states... More »
Reading Another’s Mail or Email, Parents - Is it stealing to read another person’s emails if you’re concerned they are doing something wrong or unethical? More »
Reasons for Washing in the Morning - What are the reasons for the entire procedure of washing three times with a cup in the morning? Is it sufficient just to wash hands as regular in the bathroom? More »
Seudat Hoda’ah – Meal of Thanks - I survived a very serious accident with almost no injury. I probably would not have survived at all had God not been there watching over me. It’s just coming to a year later now. Is there something appropriate for me... More »
Should We Hate the Wicked? - Although I am not Jewish, I have a lot of regard for Judaism. I would like a rabbi’s perspective on the following question. Is it wrong to hate the wicked? Should we love all mankind regardless of who they are and how... More »
Status of Baptized Jew - Someone I know went through many stages in her life. At a point she converted to Christianity and was quite active in her Church. Today, however, she has been having doubts and is beginning to consider returning to... More »
Taking Non-Kosher Medications - I have been prescribed a drug for severe intestinal issues which is made from enzymes from non-kosher animals. Am I allowed to take it, even though it’s not kosher? More »
The Creation of Man and the Animals - In our weekly Torah study session, the question came up why the Torah makes special mention of God’s blowing a soul into Adam after creating him (Genesis 2:7). The animals are living beings as well but their bodies and... More »
The Lying Spirit Which Deceived Ahab - I Kings 22 records a very strange incident. Ahab wanted to go to battle in Ramot Gilad and all his prophets predicted he would succeed. But then another prophet comes and says that God sent a “lying spirit” to the... More »
The Reasons for the Mitzvot - Why does the Torah not give us the reasons for the mitzvot? Wouldn’t it be more meaningful for us to know the whys? More »
The Returning Exiles to Israel - Since there are many million more Jews in the world, how will there be room for them when the Messiah arrives? Will they all come right away? Where will they stay when they first arrive? More »
Tzara’at versus Leprosy - Do we know the identity of the disease of tzara’at in the Torah (Leviticus 13-14)? Is it the identical disease when a person contracted it as when it appeared on a garment? More »
Vitamin/Energy Patch on Fast Day - Are you allowed to use an energy or vitamin patch on a fast day? More »
Washing and Using Bathroom in Morning - I have a question about washing in the morning. I’m becoming more observant lately and I’m confused about the steps. Do I wash three times first and then use the bathroom, or do I the bathroom first and then wash?... More »
Who Should Attend an Unveiling? - We are planning the unveiling for my father in about a month. Is it important that the entire family be there? I would have to fly several of my grown children in at considerable expense. Likewise, we would like my... More »
World to Come not Mentioned in the Torah - If the belief in the World to Come is so central to Judaism, why does the Torah never mention it? More »

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