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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."

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...

High-Risk Pregnancy

When Tisha B’Av comes, I will be in my eighth month of pregnancy. My pregnancy has been a bit...

Swimming for Exercise, Swimming Lessons

I am recovering from a back injury I suffered last year. My physical therapist provided me with a...

Purchasing Shoes, Inexpensive Clothes

My shoes are starting to fall apart. Is there any issue with buying them... during the Three Weeks?

Washing Clothes – Exceptional Circumstances

My son just came on a one-day leave from the army with dirty laundry. He is basically out of clean...

Animals - Euthanasia

My cat is very sick with cancer, and our veterinarian asked me for permission to put him to sleep....

Yahrtzeit Candle – First Wife

My husband and I married 6 years ago. My husband's first wife passed away from an illness 2 years...

The Tightrope of Life

Terrorists aim to destroy the survivors as well by instilling a sense of paralyzing fear. We must not let them win the war against our nerves.

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