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.


Hungry During Seder

I try my best to run a traditional and meaningful Seder every year, often with much of my extended...

Why Sell Chametz (Leaven)?

I hear a lot of talk about selling one’s chametz to a non-Jew before Passover. Is this a necessary...

Searching for Chametz (Leaven) Early

We will be leaving our home several days before Passover in order to spend the holiday with my...

Exodus: The Unexpected Redemption

Why did God make the slavery worse before redeeming the Jewish people?

What to Use for Besamim (Spices)?

Whenever I go to a religious home for havdalah, I notice that they use whole cloves for the...

Kiddush Without Wine

I am allergic to grapes. Is there an alternative way I can make Kiddush – perhaps on a different...

Separation between Fish and Meat

I was recently invited for Shabbat dinner. It was a wonderful, uplifting experience. One thing I...

Forgotten Blessing

I am proud of the fact that at my advanced age I am learning to recite the blessings over food for...

Purim’s Non-Heroes

The marked inactivity of the Purim story’s main characters holds the key to the story.

Blessing on Bananas and Berries

I was taught that the blessing before eating a fruit is “borei p’ri ha’aitz.” Yet the blessing for...

Blessing on Medicines

I am currently taking a liquid medication which has a flavoring but does not exactly taste good....

Tasting Food

I often need to taste the food I’m preparing to see if it’s ready or seasoned properly. I’m...

Banging for Haman

I find going to the synagogue on Purim to hear the Megillah an unnerving experience to say the...

Mishloach Manot

I know that people exchange gifts and food baskets with each other on Purim. Are there specific...

Don’t Miss a Word

I see many people in synagogue who bring their own Megillah scrolls for the reading. Is there any...

Exemptions from Fasting

I tend to get bad headaches when I fast. Am I obligated to fast on the Fast of Esther? Likewise, I...

Judaism and Dreams

The significance of dreams in Jewish thought.

Sandy's Message of Hope

Extraordinary Jewish sensitivity to victims of the storm, and how you can help.

Abraham and Healthy Spirituality

Our forefather Abraham not only taught the world about God; he taught us how to discover Him.

Moses: No Entry into Israel

Deuteronomy 3:23 speaks about Moses imploring, begging and pleading with God to allow him to enter...

Sukkot: I’m Not Letting Go

Why Sukkot comes right after the High Holidays.

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