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Thrown Into Jail to Save a Soul
A Hasidic couple thrown into jail inspires warden to convert
How can I quickly become a good Jew?
Hello Rabbi, I'm a yeshiva student who has changed in the past 5 and a half years. My parents got divorced, and then my father was diagnosed with cancer. Two years ago, I left being an observant Jew internally. Even though externally, I wore tzitzit and a kippa, in private I transgressed the commandments and prohibitions, violated Shabbat, departed from a life of holiness, thought forbidden thoughts, defiled my eyes with prohibited sights, filled my heart with filth, barely put on tefillin. My heart was filled with despair and besides movies, TV shows and football, I was not interested in anything. But last Friday night, when I got to the synagogue after a long time I hadn’t been there, I sat down and in a second I realized that all my life I was looking for the love of a father or mother and other people around me, and I never got it. But at that second, in the prayer welcoming Shabbat, I realized that there is Someone who loves me all the time and it is G-d. It hit me so strong, that on Sunday morning I went to pray at the crack of dawn, and right after that I opened my computer and deleted all the non-Jewish music, thousands of movies, hundreds of TV shows, content that I had collected and downloaded from the Internet for 5 years. I realized that I had deleted my life, that in one moment, I had made a decision to give up evil. This week I prayed every day 3 prayers in a yeshiva quorum, and I downloaded Hidabroot’s films from YouTube and I am strengthening myself religious-wise. I want to ask how can I quickly do all the things to become a good Jew to fill the place of evil that I gave up? I feel I have to utilize my time better than I’m doing now. Can you advise me or even give me words of encouragement and reinforcement? Have a Happy New Year.
Can I Use Social Media for Kiruv?
Dear kvod harav, I'm doing zikui rabim meriting the masses in Facebook since 2008.Many times i don't post pics of myself or family (of course tzniut pics) & I post pics according to the oncoming Chag or whatever but sometimes I feel that the message is gonna be more effective if they see a normal cool person delivering it, because that's what people want to see, also a happy family etc...I know of course that is a safety measures that a person should take & only friends can see them (sometimes only me,depends how I want it,fb gives you choices of privacy) My question is I'm ok in my observation & i'm allow to post tzniut pics in fb?
Is It Best to Sin and Repent or to Have Been Righteous One’s Whole Life?
And its corollary: since the Sages say that those who repent get a special place in heaven, is it better to be non-religious and then become religious rather than be born religious?
Why should I marry a Jew? I’m not really that religious, so it really shouldn’t matter, should it?
Why should I marry a Jew? I'm not really that religious, so it really shouldn't matter, should it?
Do deceased parents suffer for their children's sins?
Dear Rav, I understand that 'ben mezake aviv' a child can bring merit to his deceased parents when in Olam habah the world to come,even if a parent wasn't religious the merit of observant children help a lot up-there. What will be the case of my Mom z'l that left three kids here and only one is observant?can the merit of one kid overpass the other two? Or does she get punished for their not keeping mitzvot? I'VE seen her many times in my dreams she seem to be doing fine..
Question about working
Hello. I became religious a few years and I was wondering if there is a problem to work as a waiter in a banquet hall (which has many events where men and women mix and are dressed immodestly) in addition to the fact that men and women waiters work together. I am a woman soldier and this is the only work that I can somehow manage to fit in with my service. In addition, I have another question. Does a soldier have to give a tenth of her army allowance to charity?
Yichud in a Car
As transportation is very difficult in our area, many people resort to “hitching” rides from private cars. Is there a prohibition of yichud (men and women who are alone under forbidden circumstances) in a car? If there are two women and one man, or two men and one of more women, isn’t this considered yichud ?
Educating the child
I have a question that consists of two questions ... My 5-year old son is in a Orthodox kindergarten and we are a family who became religious over the time. This week I had a talk with his teacher who said that my child is very lively but that doesn’t disturb her. What does bother her is that he is chutzpadik and the other children are influenced by him. Even at home, I feel he is chutzpadik but not at the level that she says. He’s a little bit chutzpadik at home and we try to stop him as soon as he starts up, but sometimes he does not listen or he laughs in our faces. I put him in his room until he calms down but it just calms him down for that moment and doesn’t deter him for the future. In the kindergarten, it reached a point where the teacher had to chase him to obey her and he even dared to call her “stupid”- a word which he never heard in our house!!! I want to emphasize that there is no TV in my house. We tried all ways to talk with him and punish him but nothing worked and we’ve reached a situation where every day he brings a note from the kindergarten teacher. If he does a good deed, he gets a gift and if not, then he doesn’t. My question is whether this is the right way? And if not, then what is?? My husband claims that the person responsible for my son's deterioration is my father’s son (my father divorced and married again and he has a 9 year old son who is also chutzpadik). He comes to us every Shabbat with my father and they have a TV in their home (they do not observe Torah and its commandments) and his son teaches my son all kinds of nonsense and things not appropriate to the education that we have in our house. My husband asked me to tell my father not to bring his son with him, but I am very close to my father and he would be very offended if I tell him not to bring his son ... what am I supposed to do? Tell him not to bring his son for the sake of my child’s education and my domestic harmony? If so how do I do that? This is very important and urgent because I am really at a loss!
Status of Kohen Performing Pidyon Haben
My wife gave birth to our first son and we would like to do the mitzvah of pidyon haben (redeeming of the firstborn from the kohein). Does the kohein have to be Torah observant? Can we use a non-religious kohein?
How to spend quality time with the kids?
To support their large family, most parents (I have in mind particularly those who became religious) have to work a full day — at least up to 5:00 p.m. You can’t find a part-time job that pays adequately. And I’m not talking about earning money for luxuries, but for basic needs (tuition, transportation, classes, medical and dental treatments, for example). Doesn’t this situation force families to have latchkey children? Is there some way that mothers who have to leave the house can fill in the gaps in their relationships with their children?
Islamic State Setting Its Sights on Spain
Reconquering Spain, which used to be a former Muslim territory called Al-Andalus, is an Islamic religious obligation.
Causing harm to animals
I was wondering how one repents for the sin of causing pain to animals. Unfortunately before I became religious I transgressed this prohibition many times, and now I want to know if my sin will be forgiven in the merit of my becoming religious, or must I seek another form of atonement?
Marriage for a girl from a problematic background
I am acquainted with a girl from a traditional family who became religious. Her father humiliates her in public and has beaten her since she was young. Now the girl is old enough to get married, but she turns down every suggestion because she is afraid that the boy will be like her father. The girl's mother wants her to be happy and wants to see her married with children. How can I help this girl overcome her fear of marriage?
Dear Rabbi, Several years ago, when I gradually began to strengthen my commitment to religion, my girls were already attending the neighborhood government-run religious school, and I was not pleased with the education there (cursing, hitting, inadequate modesty). I transferred them to a Chabad school, and at the time, I heard that it was a school with proper values and modesty. Grades three through five really were fine. This year, however, a lot of girls from irreligious families, who, obviously, are not particular about modest dress, entered the class. Even though the principal told the parents and wrote to them several times to dress modestly, it didn’t happen, and the situation remained unchanged. Now, I registered my girls (the oldest of whom is entering seventh grade and the youngest, third grade) in a Chareidi school in Kfar Gideon, but I’m concerned that my girls won’t do well there because they’ve already been exposed to the world of secular influences (TV, cellphones, and video games), for their friends from school and the moshav have no connection at all to a Torah lifestyle. I so want them to do well in their new school – how can I influence them? How can I educate them in Torah and mitzvos and to love the Torah and Hashem? Unfortunately, we used to have a TV in the house, but we got rid of it. I also took away their non-kosher cellphones, but their peers really have an influence on them – they’re so weak. If a friend/neighbor comes over in immodest dress, my youngest always says, “Why do I have to wear skirts and long-sleeved shirts?” How can I strengthen them? Will the teachers in school be able to guide the weak girls, or not?
Security Stepped Up Around Jewish Community in London
The large religious Jewish community in the north Stamford Hill neighborhood has seen a substantial increase in the number of policemen on the beat.
The First Immersion in the Mikvah — at Age 60
Oranit not only immersed herself but was joined by her sister and sister-in-law. “We’re kibbutzniks, as anti-religious as you can get, but we felt like brides before the wedding,” she says. The big surprise came three months later.
Religious Services Ministry Launches Marriage Registration App
New app will make the ministry services more accessible for newly engaged couples.
Not to embarrass
my friend and i live in the US we are orthodox and have friends from Israel that are not orthodox. T both of us are not well we both survive cancer. They don't get the hint that we can not host them on the high holidays. They always leave Israel before the high holidays and come here. How can we tell them nicely that they can not just show up and stay with us? We don't want to insult anybody. they are not religious.and we go to shule during the holidays. toda and Shana Tova.
Special Report: Religious Earn Less, Though They Happier
The Israel Democracy Institute published a special report containing data about the Orthodox community.