About the Author


Rabbi Yerachmiel Fried

Noted scholar, acclaimed author, and community leader, Rabbi Fried is the Rosh Kollel of DATA, Dallas Area Torah Association.


Why Marry?

I’m a happy single Jewish guy, and don’t personally see a reason to get married. I’ve been in very...

What is Torah?

What is the literal meaning of the word Torah? Some I’ve asked have conjectured it means “The...

Torah Study and the Jewish Soul

I’m trying to sort out a feeling I’m experiencing: I’ve studied about Judaism in Sunday school,...

Tai Chi

I recently took a class in Tai Chi, which focused a lot on an unseen force flowing in the universe...

Tachanun Prayer

I was visiting a synagogue this week and after the silent Amidah everyone sat down and put their...

Singularity Theory

Time Magazine recently ran an article on Singularity Theory, which was new to me and very...

Sanctity of Human Body

You recently referred to the “Bodies” exhibit in which you elucidated your opinion that it flies...

Making Rosh Hashanah Meaningful

I attend services every year on Rosh Hashanah, and enjoy participating in the prayers and hearing...

Risky Surgery

My uncle, who is 72, was in excellent health until recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer....

Reincarnation and Dreams

I have been reading about the Jewish idea of reincarnation and this has raised a few questions:...

Pursuit of Truth

On a recent trip to Israel I spent time with my yeshiva-educated cousins. I have a lot of respect...

Praying for Smaller Needs

We had a discussion in our class in religious school if it's right to ask God to help us with...

Optimism and Pessimism

Time Magazine recently ran an article based on the book "The Optimism Bias." The subtitle, which...

Pop Music

For the past few months, my colleague at work has been listening to Christian pop music. Over time...

Why No Jewish Burqa?

With all the attention given by the media recently to the Arab mode of dress, I was wondering why,...

Praising the Rooster’s Crow

I was recently spending some time with my friend, the singer Matisyahu and his beautiful family on...

Too Many Blessings

I recently spent some time with my friend, the singer Matisyahu (yes, the famous one), and his...

Mezuzahs and Apartment Complexes

You may have heard about the new statute in Texas allowing tenants to put mezuzot on their...

Saving Your Life over Another’s

One of the most beloved ideals that Jews uphold is the utmost value on human life. What do we do...

Learning and not Observing

I am a woman who was a Reform Jew my entire life and have begun Jewish learning over the past few...

Kosher Bacon Bits

I have recently begun keeping kosher, and had a philosophical debate with a friend who does not. I...

Kabbalistic Masters

I have noticed that you often offer explanations to the Torah from the “Kabbalists” or Kabbalistic...

Is Jewish Law Unchanging?

I am writing to take issue with some language in your Ask the Rabbi answers that I personally...

The Power of Mitzvot in Israel

I am in Israel at the moment, where I have been attending various programs. I heard a class on the...

Hitler's Level of Accountability

I have been wondering about the status of someone like Hitler who did not actually kill the 6...

Meaningful High Holiday Services?

I know we don't confess to rabbis, but I have a confession! Even if I can read some of the prayers...

Eye for an Eye

I recently heard a talk explaining "an eye for an eye" in the Torah. As society has become less...

Environmental Protection

Is there a source in the Torah for being environmentally conscious? Do you feel we should be...

Shofar Blasts in Month of Elul

I recently heard a lecture where the speaker, discussing recent events in Israel and the Middle...

December Dilemma

Every year I am challenged as a mother by the proximity of Chanukah to Christmas, especially in a...

Creation & The Big Bang

I have trouble reconciling my reading of Genesis with current scientific theory. When I read the...

Being Judgmental of Others

More than once I have come across Jews who I felt looked down upon me for not being as observant...

Aging and Youth

I've seen and heard lots of talk recently about attempts of the increasingly aging population to...

Maximizing the High Holiday Services

Five minutes of prayer said with understanding, feeling and emotion means far more than hours of lip-service.

A Message for All Jews

What can we possibly take from this barbaric tragedy?

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