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Halachos of Shulchan Aruch which apply to Maintaining Friendship with a Non-Jew
כבוד הרב: אני בעל תשובה כ 4 חודשים. ויש לי הרבה חברים גוים (כמעט רובם) שאלתי אם אני צריך להתנתק מהם ..כאשר שלושת השותפים שלי בעבודה הם חברים מאוד טובים, והם גוים..מה עלי לעשות איך? ועם אסור חברים גויים, למה? בבקשה עם הרב יכול לענות לי בשפה האנגלית..לא עבור החברים הגויים כי עם עבור חברים יהודים שהם במצב שלי... בכבוד רב. איתן
too late for kids observance
dear rabbi, I am requesting a little advice in the jewish spiritual mode. I have a desire for something I can no longer have. while I know one cannot wish for what they do not have, while best to be thankful for what one does have, I remain with some discomfort and wondered if you can add some words of wisdom. I was raised reform with some conservative overtones. We kept kosher in the house unless having pepperoni on paper plates, and my mother lit the candles silently each week. we went to the type of hebrew school where little was learned and presented in our synagogue only twice a year and went to reform jewish camp for 8 weeks each summer. the only place we were permitted to travel outside of the country in college was to Israel so I did. and then I married a reform man who does not teach our children much, and raised my kids for the most part the exact same way. until one day I discovered there was so much more I do not know. so many customs and deeds I never learned. shabbat guests, giving to charity, the concept of mitzvot, etc. I only learned this in the past five years. but my family remains reform. my husband and son live on the golf course most days. my 17 year old son plays hockey, golf, basketball and snowboards, he takes honors and AP class, and works part time. my other son is in college living his dream making videos and flying drones. Everybody seems to have found their nitch and they seem generally happy with it. but nobody really cares much about being jewish. nobody has a relationship with hashem or studies or has any remote interest. It is not their fault, I married someone who was not interested and I also showed little interest at the time. I had to step back from pushing my new found views on my family so I could remember that they have beliefs as well. I have been told to just live my life and practice in a way that works for me and they will see this and make their own choices. but if only I had started to learn earlier, I could have given my kids jewish ideals. I feel guilty for not doing this. I feel fake sometimes talking about non holy, torah or shabbat. my son will actually avoid the challah on Friday to make his point that he has his own ideals. I suppose they take after me in this independent way. I want to give my kids more of a jewish life, but they are in college and on their way and I feel I have lost that chance. I also feel regret for not bringing my children up with jewish life and jewish school, but I cannot go back. how can I be the mother I want and give my kids a jewish life when it is too to give them the upbringing of torah?
Hello. I'm a rabbi jew that converted but the thing is i converted myself because no one in my area is willing to get me through the conversion process. Is this considered ok? I live in a town with very small percentage of Jews. A few rabbis I tried to get a hold of but they were not willing to help me with conversion. So I had no choice but to convert myself. I love Torah. Very much! I followed all of G-D's commandments. Can a conversion just mean that a person is passionate with Torah and loves the jewish people and wants to be part of the Hasidic community good enough? I'm also getting an Aliyah process of me going to live in Israel. And one of the requirements of the Aliyah is to have a letter showing that i covered. If i tell a rabbi that i converted myself due to no one helping me convert, would that be acceptable? I'm also planning to fly to Israel and go to a synagogue over there and learn more Torah. A rabbi doesn't need to go to rabbi school just to learn torah. Because who has $60,000 plus in their pocket? Not many. So could i just learn torah and just be a good rabbi and follow G-D's commandments with zero cost in a Israel synagogue?
My Grandfather passed away a few years ago and I inherited he's Tefflin. My Grandfather was not Shomer Shabbos or kept Kosher but he did in the last 20 years of he's life put on Tefflin with a blessing occasionally at a Conservative Shul. I had the Tefflin checked by a Sofer and they are 100% Kosher. Given my Grandfather's religious background is there an issue to using the Tefflin by a family member or non-family member.
Birth Control Nowadays
hi i'm not sure if there is a real answer to my question, but i really would love to have one. BH i am a young and happy mother with a few children born in quite quick succession (each 16-18 months apart). sometimes, though, i wonder if it would be more sensible to take birth control for longer periods of time (though every time i have been ready to become pregnant). obviously, i understand having children involves sacrifice, so it is not financial issues or other hardships etc which are leading to my question - i think it is two main things: 1) i once visited a top notch gynecologist in israel, who gave us a long (unasked for) lecture about how vital it is to take birth control for at least a year after birth. he said he sees the problems women go through later on - their bodies really suffer etc. this wouldn't have bothered me had the doctor not been fully chareidi and a true yirei shamayim. now every time i stop taking birth control i think perhaps i'm being foolish... 2) this sounds a bit long winded, but there is a certain rabbi who a lot of people go to for birth control issues as he is very understanding and often gives a heter. however, someone told me that he never used to give heterim at all - he used to advise sending the youngest child to playgroup as opposed to taking birth control. he was extremely opposed to it. this makes me feel like just like his outlook then was 'mistaken' - then people really needed the heter but he didnt give it - maybe it is mistaken now too - and 15-20 years down the line maybe rabbanim will even be encouraging people to take birth control for two years after birth, as opposed to merely allowing it (based on the premise that as a problem becomes more widespread - such as women having children very close together - rabbanim understand more that it's too much for most people). so even though i am happy to have more children, sometimes i feel like i'm crazy - even in the eyes of the very religious. am i?
hi, My father is bh getting remarried in a few months. Both him and his fiance have kids. She lives in israel and is very religious, so is my dad. They are planning their wedding to be by the kotel. Are the kids from the first marriage allowed to be in the room while they have the ceremony under the chupah or do we have to be in a different room? Both my father and his fiance got divorced becasue they were cheated on so i heard that since we are happy for them to be happy we are allowed to be in the room in honor of kavod for our parents.
Zionism or Judaism?
Is it true that Zionists do not represent Jews?
Why Can't a Woman Sing in front of Men
Hi! i was singing at a hospital for a girl who was not religious. when i had told the father that our religion prohibits singing in front of men, He asked me why?
“When Is the Religious Burial Society Coming to Bury Me?”
Says deceased man to children in a dream
Which Jews and how many Jews (percentage of Jews) will be finally redeemed by G-d during the Messianic Age and on which merits ?
Good Old Fashioned Russian Anti-Semitism Rears its Ugly Head
"We'll see if the Jews didn't kill Czar Nicholas for religious purposes"
Watch: What do the Minorities think about their Lives in Israel?
Your opinion is respected and you have religious freedom
How to uproot chutzpah from teenagers?
Hello, I have a 12 year old girl and she is the oldest of my three children. For about a year, she has been behaving unruly, she talks nasty to me, her mother, she gets upset when she can’t find something, and right away starts cursing for every little thing. I tell her that she is attending a religious high school, and besides that, you can not act disrespectfully to parents, but nothing helps. She keeps it up, and after a while apologizes and says she was angry and couldn’t control herself, and then does it again. When it first started, I was furious and warned her and gave her the silent treatment for a period. Since then, she toned down a little but still allows herself to swear at me. I don’t want to hit her, but I don’t know what to do. As much as I talked to her, it didn’t help. Occasionally she even kisses me and acts like a loving child but when she decides that something is not to her liking, she immediately bursts into such curses, that I do not want to even write them down. What can I do ??????????????????????????
Can a woman recite a blessing when wearing a swimsuit
Is a woman allowed to get a license for a motor scooter? Is it a matter of modesty or is it just something that is not acceptable in the strictly religious world? I also wanted to ask whether a woman may recite a blessing or pray in the sea when she is wearing a swimsuit? Thank you very much!
My question refers to “ heter mechira .” I heard that the frum people do not accept the heter mechira for various reasons, but I learned in “Yalkut Yosef” that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef permits it, as well as the National Religious community. How can there be such a contradiction?
Is G-d Really All-Inclusive and All-Powerful?
Can god create a rock that he can’t pick up?
I became religious many years ago, and recently I gave up my smartphone. It is very hard for me because I see many religious people using kosher smartphones with Whatsapp and even Hidabroot has a group! So is it allowed or not? This is really confusing me.