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Adding Personal Requests to Daily Prayers - I understand there are places in the Amidah where one can insert personal prayers – apart from the standard prayers it already includes. How do I do this? More »
Appearance of Names in the Torah - I’m trying to find a consistent pattern in the Torah regarding the identification of people. Sometimes very minor characters are named, while sometimes very significant ones are left anonymous. For example, the Torah... More »
Aufruf Before Wedding - My wedding is God willing in a few weeks, and I know that on the Shabbat beforehand I am called to the Torah for my “aufruf”. Why is a celebration held in honor of the groom the Shabbat before his wedding? And what... More »
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 should talk about? More »
Checking Eggs for Blood Spots - What is the issue with checking eggs for blood spots? If I buy a package of eggs which is certified kosher, is this necessary? More »
Cooking Meat and Fish Together - Are we allowed to cook meat and fish together in the same over at the same time? More »
Desiring Sin - I have a general question about spiritual growth. We all have desires for forbidden acts. Should our attitude be that we’d love to do them but we don’t because God forbade it? Or are we supposed to somehow grow out of... More »
Dizzy & Sick From Fasting - It’s almost impossible for me to survive fast days. I get dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous to the point of throwing up. And I’m sick for two days after. I certainly wouldn’t be able to go to synagogue this Yom Kippur if I... More »
Dolls, Figurines - Are having dolls or figurines a contradiction to the Torah’s command not to have images? 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 »
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 »
Is the Talmud the Word of God? - I believe that the Tanakh is the word of God, but I don’t know if this is true of the Talmud. Wasn’t the Talmud written by scholars much later, who were trying their best to understand God’s Torah? And isn’t it... 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 »
Kabbalah Versus Magic - If the Torah forbids witchcraft and magic, how come there were great Kabbalists who would change nature and perform miracles, such as creating the Golem? 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 »
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 »
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, but they also didn’t seem to have children until they were much older – averaging at around 100 years. Is there a... 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 »
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 this done in addition to the special fruits we eat as a sign for the new year? More »
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 month her potential to create life is lost. A man may not waste his seed and cause such potential life to be lost. Why... More »
Praying Audibly - I feel closest to God when I talk to Him in my mind, without saying words. Is that an okay way to pray or does prayer have to be out loud? I see in synagogue people are mainly praying quietly, to... themselves. More »
Praying for the Terminally Ill - I have a friend who is dying from cancer. His condition is terminal and he realizes he only has a few months to live. Is it appropriate to add a request in my prayers that he recovers, knowing that this is impossible?... 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 »
Recommended Tehillim (Psalms) Lists - I have several frustrating issues going on in life today, as well as a relative who is really not well. I’d like to recite Tehillim. Is there a recommended list I should say? 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 »
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 reason I’m concerned is because we park a car under it during the rest of the year. Can something which was not built for... 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 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 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 »
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 »
What Happened to Abraham’s Converts? - I’ve always wondered what happened to the many people Abraham and Sarah taught about God? I understand that they spent years spreading the faith far and wide. But we never seem to hear of these people afterwards. Were... More »
Where is the Ark of the Covenant Today? - Does anyone know where the Ark of the Covenant is today? Was it taken by the Romans when the Temple was destroyed? More »
Where to Say After Blessings on Food - I often don’t have time to eat, and so I eat meals or snacks on buses. Sometimes I need to get off the bus after I ate but before I had a chance to say the after blessing. Either that or I finish eating at the bus stop... More »
Where Was Salem? - Do we know anything about the city of Salem – where Abraham came to after his battle against the four kings (Genesis 14:18)? Melchizedek, its king, is described as a priest to “the most high God.” He brought out bread... 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 »
Whose Side to Name After? - We are God willing expecting our first child, a boy, in about two months. My husband and I are not able to come to terms on the name. We would both like to name after our own grandfather. Mine passed away recently and... More »

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