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.


“Let Us Make Man”

In the creation account in Genesis, God says, “Let us make man in our image” (1:26). Who is God...

Jacob vs. Esau, Part II: Jacob Becomes Israel

Jacob, in assuming Esau’s mission, receives both a second wife and a second name.

Jacob vs. Esau, Part I: The Two Roles

Unravelling one of the most cryptic episodes of the entire Torah.

Is the Torah Literal?

I am wondering how does one figure out what parts of the Bible are figurative, and what parts are...

The After-Holidays Blues

It’s during the quiet times of life that we show God what we are truly made of.

Lechem Mishna - Double Loaves

Should one take two loaves (lechem mishna) before beginning a yom tov (festival) meal as is done...

The Forgotten Supper

The biggest activity we do on Yom Kippur is not repenting; it is apologizing.

The Long Road to Heaven

If God loves us, why did He place us in such a dark and evil world?

Do We Really Want the Messiah?

Many people are saying that with everything going on in the world, the Messiah’s arrival is...

Broken Fast

This morning I forgot that it was a fast day (17 Tammuz) and drank a glass of water. Is there any...

China Dishes, Porcelain

We inherited a beautiful set of china from my in-laws, who did not keep kosher. They haven’t been...

Foul Language

I am always bothered when I hear Jews using foul speech, or when they use such pejoratives as...

Prayer for Taking Medicine

I just began taking an antibiotic for a minor ailment. Is there anything religious I should be...

Significance of Dreams

I have recently been having a disturbing dream involving someone close to me. The dream has...

Ruth vs. Orpah: The High Stakes of Life

The Book of Ruth teaches us man’s enormous potential for greatness – and the catastrophic results if such greatness is misdirected.

Why Rabbi Akiva is My Hero

10 life lessons from an accessible giant.

Withholding / Delaying Notification of Death

My father passed away about 3 weeks ago. We decided at the time not to notify his brother whose...

Stealing the Afikomen

It seems to me a very odd custom that children steal the afikomen at the Passover Seder. [Note:...

Passover: Embracing Our Past for the Future

Instead of rejecting our negative past, Passover teaches us how to use it.

Evil Eye – Ayin Hara

Is there such a thing as “evil eye” in Judaism? My family is lately having a serious spate of bad...

Announcing a Pregnancy

I just found out recently that I am expecting. As an only child, I am anxious to tell my parents...

Simchat Torah: Just You and Me

Amidst all the dancing and revelry, we realize just how alone we are with God.

Tisha B’Av: The Pain of Distance

On the ninth day of Av, God teaches us just how painful it is when He isn’t there.

Not Hungry for Third Meal (Seudah Shlishit)

After the Shabbat day meal with that heavy cholent, I often have no appetite for the final meal....

Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

Fasting enables us to discover what is truly important to us.

Carrying Keys on Shabbat

I’d like to know if there is any way I can carry my house key to the synagogue and back on Shabbat...

Musical Toys on Shabbat

My two-year-old often gets ahold of his favorite musical toy on Shabbat and starts banging away at...

Milk and Meat on Same Table

My high school no longer has a lunch program, so we all brown-bag our lunches. It occurred to me...

Challah – Breaking Bread on Shabbat

Whenever I attend a Shabbat meal, the process of making the blessing (bracha) on the challah and...

Charity – Small versus Large Sums

I find myself inundated with requests for charity, both at my door and in my mailbox. To me, this...

Tzitzit Maintenance – Checking the Strings

I was recently disappointed to notice that one of the strings on my tallit became torn. I...

Is Turkey Kosher?

I have heard that there are some Jews who do not consider turkey kosher. Can you tell me the...

Blessing on Ice Cream Cone

I know the basic rules for the blessings on food, but I’m often stumped when dealing with mixtures...

Blessings on Thunder and Lightning

Yesterday evening a powerful thunderstorm came out of nowhere. I found myself jolted to attention...

Not Talking After Washing for Bread

I know that after washing for bread one should not speak until after he has taken a bite of the...

“Who Did Not Make Me a Woman”

I was born the oldest daughter of a mostly secular Jewish family and became observant in my early...

Tefillin on Top of Bandage

I need to have a minor operation on my left arm next week. It will be bandaged for at least a week...

Carrying: Using a Cane on Shabbat

Unfortunately, my legs have been giving me a lot of trouble lately and I am unable to walk unaided...

Shavuot: Crazy, Stupid Love

Staying up Shavuot night teaches us what Torah study is all about.

Staying up Shavuot Night

I know that many people stay up the entire night of Shavuot, and my synagogue is arranging a...

Kiddush – Drinking the Wine

I tend to get dizzy when I drink wine too quickly – though in general I tolerate wine very well....

Springtime Blessing – Flowering Fruit Trees

I was recently at the springtime Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. I was astounded by the...

Husband Lighting

My wife is going to be away for Shabbat in a few weeks. Am I supposed to light in her absence? Is...

Kiddush – How Much Wine

I own two very nice Kiddush cups – I believe both were wedding presents. One happens to be quite...

Earliest Time for Morning Prayers (Shacharit)

I’ve noticed that our synagogue has morning services (Shacharit) quite early during the workweek,...

Completion of Kaddish

My father passed away on June 14, which was 24 Sivan, but was not buried until the Sunday after,...

Tying Shoelaces

My kids’ shoes are constantly getting untied or getting into knots. During the week I would just...

Covering the Stove (Blech)

My brother observes Shabbat and he has a “blech” – a large flat plate used to cover the stovetop....

Food with Writing

We recently bought cookies with writing etched into them. That got me thinking that perhaps one...

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