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Rabbi Pinchas Waldman

Rabbi Pinchas Waldman teaches at Dvar Yerushalayim, and is a resident expert at Aish.com's "Ask the Rabbi."

Sewing Clothes on the 9 Days

Are we allowed to sew during the Nine Days?

Tallit – Required Size

I have a Tallit which is long and narrow, which covers my head, shoulders and some of my upper...

Working on Shabbat

I recently started a new job at a child care center and it turns out I need to come in briefly...

Mezuzah in Office

I own a small company. I rent office space for it in a nearby business park. Does it require a...

Grandson Saying Kaddish

My grandmother recently passed away. She only had one son, my father a”h, who passed away a few...

No Hebrew Name – Writing Ketubah

I grew up in an entirely secular family and was never given a Hebrew name. My son will be married...

Vitamin/Energy Patch on Fast Day

Are you allowed to use an energy or vitamin patch on a fast day?

Who Should Attend an Unveiling?

We are planning the unveiling for my father in about a month. Is it important that the entire...

Status of Baptized Jew

Someone I know went through many stages in her life. At a point she converted to Christianity and...

Giving Gifts on Shabbat

I am invited Shabbat lunch to a local family. Is there any issue with bringing them a gift such as...

Whose Side to Name After?

We are God willing expecting our first child, a boy, in about two months. My husband and I are not...

Cooking Meat and Fish Together

Are we allowed to cook meat and fish together in the same over at the same... time?

Praying for the Terminally Ill

I have a friend who is dying from cancer. His condition is terminal and he realizes he only has a...

Dizzy & Sick From Fasting

It’s almost impossible for me to survive fast days. I get dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous to the point...

Kashering a Sandwich Maker

Someone used my sandwich maker with non-kosher meat. Can I make it kosher... again?

Engagement Party on Nine Days

I have a friend who is getting married shortly after Tisha B’Av. My friends wanted to celebrate a...

Saying God’s Name in Vain

In my country, people invoke the name of God often in ordinary conversation. They say such things...

Wrong Sponge

I keep a strictly kosher kitchen. The other day a dairy sponge was accidentally used to wash meat...

Human and Animals Medical Experimentation

I’m wondering what the Jewish view is on animal as well as human medical... experimentation.

Fruit Trees for the First Three Years (Orlah)

We just planted a few fruit trees in our back yard (we recently moved to California). Are there...

Number of Sheva Brachot for Second Wedding

I am God willing to be married in a few months. My fiancé and I are very looking forward to...

Eating Before Hearing the Megillah

Ta’anit Esther doesn’t end that late, but another hour goes by until the synagogue finishes the...

Non-Kosher Oven – Kashering

I’m moving into a new house and the oven is included. Is there a way I can... make it kosher?

Conversion in Biblical Times

If a person has a Jewish father and was raised Jewish, why are there such strict requirements for...

Delaying Funeral for Relatives to Arrive

This may but hopefully will not be relevant to my family situation. If an older person dies, how...

Kaddish for Abusive Parent

My father was violent and abusive. He suffered from depression and other psychological disorders,...

Hiring More Expensive Relatives

I need some minor repair work done on my roof. I’ve been shopping around for prices and can have...

Planting Different Species Together (Kilayim)

I am planning to plant a garden this spring and would like to know what restrictions apply in...

Hotel Room Coffee Machine

I am staying in a hotel for a few days and it has a Keurig coffee machine. Can I use it (with a...

Praying in English – God’s Name

I say the prayers in English because I’m too unfamiliar with Hebrew. Can I use the terms “God” and...

Attending Wedding on Yahrtzeit

I am invited to a wedding in a few weeks and I realized it falls out on my father’s yahrtzeit (the...

Convert – Mourning & Kaddish for Non-Jewish Parent

I am a convert but I still have a good relationship with my parents, who are very decent people...

Ba’al Teshuva, Convert – Which Customs to Follow?

My parents are Jewish but I grew up with almost no observance in my home. In fact, I would have to...

Eating While Traveling

After the Little League baseball game, my father and I stop in a store to order an ice cream, then...

Pedometer, Fitbit on Shabbat

My family has become very health-conscious lately and we all have our own Fitbits which we wear...

Pidyon HaBen – No Father, Non-Jewish Father

I have a firstborn four-year-old son who would seem to qualify for the mitzvah of pidyon haben. He...

Early Bar Mitzvah

My son will be turning 13 God willing this winter in mid-December. Having spoken to several of our...

Restrictions on Minor Fast Days

Besides eating and drinking, are there any additional restrictions on the minor holidays, such as...

Child Attending Parent’s Second Marriage

My parents are divorced and my father is remarrying in the near future. It will be a very small...

Paying Babysitter for Shabbat Work

We’d like to hire a babysitter to watch our kids on a regular basis Shabbat morning, so we can go...

Giving Valuables as Charity

I recently bought several articles of clothing which it turns out I do not need. I was thinking of...

Nine Days – Home Repairs

Is it permitted to have work done in the house by a contractor, such as a painter, if he's in the...

3 Weeks / 9 Days – Home Purchase

We’re busy looking to buy a new home this summer. Is there any issue with closing a deal on the...

Fasting – Recovering from Heart Attack

I had a heart attack 7 weeks ago. I have thankfully recovered but am still somewhat weakened....

Swimming on Fast Days, Dangerous Activities

Is there any prohibition with swimming on a minor fast day, such as the upcoming Shiva Asar...

Changing One’s Name

We named our daughter (now four months) Linor. She is happy and healthy, but her name has always...

Men Pre-Wedding: Mikvah

I was told that a man must go to the mikvah before his wedding. What is the... reason for this?

Blood Meal Fertilizer

Is it permissible to use blood meal fertilizer on crops? Does the prohibition against consuming...

Naming Baby After Relative Who Died Young

My uncle passed away from cancer at 59. A grandchild was just born in the family and the parents...

Mezuzah – College Dorm

I’m moving into a college dorm very soon and would like to know if the room requires a mezuzah. I...

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