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.


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...?

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...

“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:...

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