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Reasons to Prohibit Intermarriage
I am writing to inquire if Orthodox Jewish law or precedent supports my parent’s position. Here they are. 1. Their last will and testament states to marry a non Jew is to entirely forfeit my inheritance. 2. To marry outside the faith would be a violation of the social-religious contracts and to commit social suicide where I would be more or less disowned as a social pariah. 3. They and my Orthodox siblings would refuse on any grounds to meet a non Jewish partner or any offspring resulting from this union, i.e. my patent’s grandchildren. I am certain they are committed to preserving legacy etc but my query here is if this mindset and retributive moves are common to Jewish law and custom. In other words, is this inherent to the doctrine and worldview of Judaism or are their decisions a net result of the senility of agining, bankrupt morality, a reactionary mindset from Jewish oppression, generational identity as survivors, or are these conventions strictly the result of centuries of religious and ideological conviction. Thank you for an honest and straightforward response. The religious mindset truly leaves outsiders baffled and mystified and it would useful to know if there is a religious ideology behind their motives or something else. Asher
Saying hello to a Non-Jew
I’m have trouble with my Jewish friend, When I’m working hard on my garden he tells me , Good luck enjoy....don’t he see I’m working hard!...Is he have fun with me .
Pesach - Cleaning Your House
Does one need to clean toys for Passover? How do companies get rid of all their chametz? Is toothpaste considered chametz? Rabbi Lauffer with practical tips and guidelines on cleaning your home for Pesach
Kiddushin with a stolen ring
Question: I am a Baal Teshuva and unfortunately, I had to spend some time in jail. Baruch Hashem, I turned around and did Teshuva. In jail, I made a friend who was a career thief. He also was Chozer Beteshuva with me and he merited getting married last week. He had told me that a number of years ago he robbed a jewelry store and got a number of rings etc. I suspect that he used one of those rings for Kiddushin. Now he stole it from a Non-Jew years ago does that make a difference. Should I say something to my friend or the Rav?
Shalom, i live in israel and the woman with whom i intend to marry lives in the united states. we intend to do the religious ceremony in israel but the fact that the grandmothers of my future wife and other members of her family will not be able to move, what would be possible to do as a 2nd religious ceremony in the usa? Thank you for helping :-)
My two daughters are partial Jewish since intermarriage, one of my daughters got a DNA test and it came back around 25 percent European Jewish, which I assume is the same for my other daughter. How should I approach this?
Phone Invasion - Is Invasion of Privacy with no Monetary Loss Illegal According to Jewish Law?
Is it permissible to touch or use another persons cellphone without permission?
Why Do We Need To Make Leap Years, and Why Adar?
This year, 5779, is a leap year, meaning that there are two months of Adar, Adar Aleph (A) and Adar Bet (B). We need to understand: a) Why is it necessary to make a leap year? b) Which Adar is the main one? c) What are the ramifications from this?
Marrying a Convert
Shalom, My name is Stefon. I'm waiting to hear back from the Beis Din regarding beginning my classes. I was looking up the topic on marriage. However, There is no information on the marriage of a convert, who was divorced twice and has three children from those marriages years before his conversion . Is that convert permitted to marry a Jewish woman with no children?
I have a question that has been bothering me for some time. Much of the study of Judaism, such as the Talmud is filled with debates. Even in Jewish law there is debates, such as between the Rambam and his colleagues, or the Beit Yosef and Rav Isserlis. But from what I have learned that all makes sense, because there can be truths on different spiritual levels and the origin of the sages souls also matters. But what I really do not understand is how there can be two practical truths, as in, how do Sefardim and Ashkenazim hold differently in actual practice, or how is there different versions of prayer books, I don't mean a minor custom or stringency, rather mean real big differences? Did God want different laws for different Jews, not better or worse, just different?? Where do we see that this was Gods intention? How do we know this is what god wanted, and not some technicality? I understand it is all divine providence, but is there a source for this idea? Can you find these ideas in the Torah? To summarize, how does it make sense that there can be 2 Jews, practicing Judaism, 2 different ways, if we have one god and one Torah?
Is it Ok for a non-Jew not to Convert?
I'm reviewing, learning about the Jewish religion from a "Christian" background with the purpose of better understanding. I recently learned the Nimrod,tammaz, (I think thats the correct spelling) and it upset me and made me question just what I was actually believing. The Torah and related information from Rabbi videos has expand my knowledge and understand exponentially. It really has helped me grow. But I just came across a reference to the Sanhedrin 59a in the comments section of what basically was a video discouraging conversation to judism. It also reference the "Rambam" as discouraging it and saying we we're like Kohen Gadol offering profane fire to G_D. I really don't have a good way to verify this or even check if I understood it correctly. I humbly ask if you can clarify this.
Q & A: Is it Permissible to Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Is celebrating Thanksgiving considered to be avoda zara (idol worship), or chukat hagoyim?
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A chazon filming himself saying Selichot
The rabbi of our shul set up his smartphone to record our synagogue chazon reciting Selichot and the chazon was able to see himself on the screen throughout the Selichot. Is this permitted?
Taking a vacation during Elul
My friends and I were thinking of organizing a vacation during Elul. Is there any problem with doing that?