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Rabbi Pinchas Waldman

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


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, Changing Location

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...

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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