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.


Washing Before Touching Bread

I understand that we must wash our hands before eating bread because our hands are ritually...

Shabbat Candles in a Hotel

We will be staying at a hotel for Shabbat in a few weeks. How can my wife best fulfill the mitzvah...

The Book of Job and Satan’s Power

The Book of Job begins with God and Satan making a wager over Job, in which God gives Satan permission to test Job, giving him terrible affliction. Does Satan really have the right to harm an innocent man like that?

120 Year Lifespan

I was curious about the blessing we give people to live till 120 years. What is the origin of the...

Tzitzit – Size of Garment

I was always told that the size of the tallit katan (the small four-cornered garment worn under...

Unleavened Dough of Exodus

I have what I believe is a very simple question on the Torah. Exodus 12:33-34 states that the...

Meat with Soy Milk and Non-Dairy Products

Now that I live on my own I have been using soy milk instead of dairy to avoid problems of milk...

Cruelty of Capital Punishment

I have heard people claim that the death penalty of the Torah was barbaric, and man has progressed...

Sacrifices versus Idolatry

I’ve never really been able to wrap my head around the concept of korbanot (sacrifices). To me it...

Jacob’s Embalmment

How was Joseph allowed to embalm his father Jacob? Is that permitted according... to Jewish law?

Enosh, Calling God’s Name, and the Origins of Idolatry

I was studying the book of Genesis and came across the statement that in the time of Enosh, Adam’s...

Two Yuds for Name of God

I see that prayer books often show God’s name with two letter yud‘s together. Is that one of God’s...

Firstborn (Bechor) Privileges

I’ve been studying Deuteronomy with my children and was at a loss to explain why the firstborn...

Kohen Higher Status

My mother is Jewish and my father is not. I have been told that I am 100% Jewish, yet at the same...

Remarrying One’s Divorcee

I have been studying the Bible much more seriously in recent months to try to understand Moses’s...

Why is Sukkot Celebrated in the Fall?

I noticed that of all the major holidays, Sukkot does not really seem to correspond to the time of...

How to Pray Well

How does a person pray well? I understand the Hebrew of the prayers pretty well, but I can’t...

Covenant of Salt

I see the Torah occasionally refers to covenants of salt – such as the covenant of priesthood with...

Hamentaschen and Haman’s Three-Cornered Hat

Is there a deeper meaning behind Haman’s 3-cornered hat? Why do we eat hamentaschen in memory of...

Davidic Line Today

I’m wondering what happened to the House of David. After the end of the Kingdom of Judah was there...

David and Bathsheba

I have been studying the Book of Samuel and I was really shocked when I read the story of David...

Adam’s Sin and the Decree of Death

The Torah states that on the day Adam would eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge he would...

Samson – Contact with Dead

I’m trying to understand something. Shimshon (Samson) was a nazir (Nazarite), which is why he...

Missed Bar Mitzvah

I am an adult who unfortunately never had a Bar Mitzvah. I’ve been told that having one requires...

Wearing Red Thread

On our recent trip to Israel we noticed at several sacred locations that there were ladies selling...

Jephthah Sacrificing Daughter

My Bible class is studying the Book of Judges and we recently covered the story of Jephthah...

Rebellious Son (Ben Sorer U’Moreh) Punished for Future

In reading last week’s Torah portion, I was very disturbed by the section on the rebellious son...

Repentance – Accepting for Future

Every year as Yom Kippur approaches and I try to improve my ways, I feel like a liar. I know one...

Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin

I had recently brought in my Tefillin to be checked. For those few days that I didn’t have them, I...

Sons of God – Bnei Elohim

The start of Genesis 6 states that the sons of God took wives from the daughters of men and had...

Starting Anew on Rosh Hashanah

Pressing the reset button with our relationship with God.

Kaddish in Aramaic

Unfortunately I am saying Kaddish this year for my mother of blessed memory. I noticed that the...

Dangerous Occupation

Is it permissible to engage in work which carries occupational hazards and even danger to life,...

Ancient versus Modern Hebrew Script

It’s known that the ancient Israelites wrote in a totally different script of Hebrew than the one...

Eve's Creation: Rib or Side?

Exactly what was Eve created from? I always assumed it was one of Adam’s ribs, but I just noticed...

Holy Cheesecake: Why We Feast on Shavuot

Why must a spiritual day include physical delights?

Meat After the Flood

Why was man permitted to eat meat after the Flood (Genesis 9:2-3)? Does the fact that at his...

Roasted Foods at Seder

I know we’re not supposed to eat roasted meat at the Seder. What about other foods such as chicken...

Passover – 14th or 15th?

Why is it that Passover is celebrated worldwide beginning on the night of the 15th of Nisan? The...

Plague of Blood – Magician’s Imitation

The Torah states that after God turned the water to blood, the Egyptian magicians performed the...

Drinking on Purim

When love transcends understanding.

The Plagues: Why the Staff?

Many times throughout the story of the Exodus God tells Moses to take along his staff and to use...

Israeli Fruit on Tu B’Shvat

I know on Tu B'Shvat we have the custom of eating various fruits, especially the seven species...

Carobs on Tu B’Shvat

Why is it that many people eat carobs on Tu B'Shvat? Even though it’s a native fruit to Israel, it...

Shiva on Shabbat

We are unfortunately sitting shiva for our mother right now. I know that shiva is not observed on...

Cousin Marriages

Does the Torah permit cousin marriages? Is the topic discussed at all? I’m concerned in particular...

Shehechiyanu Blessing on Major Purchase

I just bought a used car. Is there any sort of blessing or prayer I say for it...?

Eishet Yefat To’ar – Woman Captured in War

I find Deuteronomy 21:10-14 to be quite shocking. How can the Torah permit soldiers raping and...

Chanukah Gelt

Where does the custom of "Chanukah gelt" (of giving money to children) come from? My understanding...

Relighting Extinguished Candles

Last night, the first night of Chanukah, my Chanukah candle decided to go out pretty quickly, for...

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