Search Results "Religious"
Clinical death in other religions
Hello. I am a religious person but there is a question that interests me for a long time. If, as a religious person, you say that clinical death is a proof that Judaism is correct because it shows people are judged in heaven etc. etc., so why do people of other religions (Christians, for example) who also experienced clinical death describe it in terms of their own religion (for instance, Christians said they saw Jesus). Yet their religion is nonsense and made up.
A Hospital Encounter Made in Heaven
The father of the sick child said he would become religious if he would see yeshiva students studying in the middle of the night.
Muslim Sheikh: The Jews were Commanded by G-d to Settle the Land
Priest Interviews Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadayi Palazzi, known as the Sheikh Zionist. "The Jewish people, were commanded by G-d to settle in the country, while other nations have no special religious commandment." Must watch
Can women wear pants to protect their life?
In recent weeks there was a severe deterioration in the security situation. Horrific attacks occurred which seem directed specifically against men and women who are Orthodox and strictly religious, and who can be identified by their attire. This includes the religious girl from Samaria who was stabbed a few weeks ago. My question is in view of the exceptional situation in which Jews are murdered because they appear religious, may one wear pants if the goal is to mask one’s religious identity because one is motivated by the commandment "You shall scrupulously preserve your lives" only until the situation calms down? Thanks in advance.
Attending Religious Services Reduces Risk of Death
JAMA Internal Medicine publishes new research suggesting frequently attending religious services may be associated with lower mortality among women
Religiousness and Creativity
Is it possible to become a religious observant Jew and express your creativity at the same time? Rabbi Doniel Katz and Alex Clare on integrating your creativity and individuality with a religious lifestyle
Religious Woman Wins in Israeli National Lottery, Blesses “Ha’Tov VeHameitiv”
Even though her husband had opposed her joining the lottery, she felt it was a legitimate effort towards making a living, and to her delight, she won
Laws governing a Jewish father’s relationship with his non-Jewish daughter
Rabbi, thank G-d I became religious over a year ago and I belong to the national-religious community. I try to keep more commandments and laws from day to day and in the meantime, everything is going great and I feel closer to G-d more than ever. Unfortunately, in my secular past, I lived with a non-Jewish woman who was a rather religious Christian for several years and we had a daughter. Following a dispute, we parted, the girl stayed with her and I gradually became more interested in Judaism until I became religious. I found a Jewish woman and I married her, and G-d willing we will soon have children and establish a Jewish family. But because I am the father of a girl who is now 14 years old, I meet her often even though I know that according to Jewish law, she is not my daughter because she is not Jewish, and therefore I unfortunately have not yet fulfilled the commandment of procreation. I wanted to ask you, rabbi, my questions about the child: 1. When I meet with my daughter, she instinctively wants to give me a kiss and a hug, and I also hug and kiss her back. But recently a number of people remarked to me that this might be a problem and I may not be allowed to touch her because she is not Jewish. Is this the case? Do I have to restrain from touching her or am I allowed to hug and kiss her because I know in my soul that she is still my daughter? It will be very hard for me to refuse to embrace my daughter because I still feel that she is part of me and she really loves me and I love her very much and I do not think I can hold back from touching her. 2. My daughter sometimes brings me cookies that she bakes at home and I'm sure that the oven in their house is non-kosher even if the ingredients of cookies are kosher. There is also a problem of food cooked without Jewish supervision. I often avoid eating the cookies that she offers me, claiming I am not hungry, but sometimes she insists and begs me to taste them (she probably does not have the slightest idea of the laws of kashrut) and I find it hard to keep refusing her and unwillingly eat the cookies. In your opinion, what can I do? I am very afraid that she will be hurt if I tell her that I can not eat her cookies. 3. When we meet, my daughter is very interested about everything that occurred in my life in the past year since I started to become religious, and is quite astonished to see her father looking different with a beard, wearing a kippa, blessing over food, etc., And because she is not used to it, she often is worried that I may leave her and cut off contact with her, G-d forbid. What do you think is the best way to explain the spiritual process I have been going through? 4. All this makes me wonder what should be our general attitude towards the nations of the world? We know that man is beloved because he was created in G-d’s image and we have to respect every human being no matter who he is, but to what degree are we allowed to form friendships with non-Jews? 5. I'll take advantage of the fact that I am writing these other questions and ask you a question on a slightly different matter: My wife wears a head-covering since we got married, but now she says it's not comfortable for her and she wants to go with a wig. Could I hear what you think about wearing a wig and if it is forbidden, why is that? Thank you and have a good week.
Religious beatboxers stun crowds on America’s Got Talent
Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton of Manhattan, an Orthodox beatboxing duo have advanced on "America's Got Talent." In their audition video submitted last year, they were beatboxing to an original "Hava Nagila."
Hello, I have a friend who returned to Judaism. She is married and has several young kids. She tried persuading some of her childhood friends to return to Judaism, but instead of exerting a positive influence on them, they ensnared her in their trap. They got her hooked on drugs, and now she goes out with them all the time and is destroying her life. She flirts with guys and hangs out in mixed company until all hours of the night. It’s gotten so bad that she just informed her husband that she wants out of the marriage. Her husband very much wants to stay married, and interestingly, when she talks to people, she says that she’s happy being religious. What can we do to help?
Is it permitted to use donated money to purchase tzitzit for boys who are not (yet) religious?
Questions about education
Hello Rabbi, 4 years ago we moved to a new place where there is a community of newly religious families, and right in front of our house there is a kollel (married scholars study framework) and a synagogue. We slowly formed relationships with the community, and we gradually began to get stronger ourselves. We are married with one 15-year old girl and very much want more children. I asked the rabbi of the community and he told me to try treatments and I have done 6 unsuccessful treatments. Every time I undertake to keep another commandment and another commandment on myself, and now we observe Shabbat, family purity, kosher food, separating meat and milk, reciting blessings on the food we eat, and my husband prays three prayers a day. I also undertook to dress modestly, I wear long shirts on top of pants, my shirts are not short and I wear a bandana head covering, read the Psalms, give charity, etc., In all this process we have undergone, we’ve grown spiritually, and we have great faith in our Creator that He will grant us our request one day. But our increase religiosity has created a regular conflict with my daughter, because she is not ready for it in any way. If I want to put a long shirt over her pants so it will cover her knees, she opposes it, and she constantly tries to remove my head covering. When I talk about skirts or covering herself modestly, she gets anxious and starts to shout and cry, and becomes rebellious. I do not want to do an injustice to my daughter, and am trying to advance the process little by little, each time gently. When I ask people who understand such matters like the mikvah lady or the women in the community how come I’ve done so many things and it’s not helping, they tell me to undertake another thing and another thing. I do not know what else to do, I asked the Creator of the universe for direction, but I want to know what else I should do in such a situation. My husband says to do things slowly and surely, and occasionally he calms my daughter down, but without a doubt I feel the child is not at all calm and very hurt. What do you suggest?
Forced to watch television
I live at home with my non-religious mom and religious dad and I would describe myself as strictly religious. I attend a Beth Jacob school. We have a television at home and I want to know if I occasionally hear it or see it unwillingly, is it a sin, and what should I do to avoid it?
How to get children to keep Shabbat?
I get this feeling that people who do not want their children to be religious precisely have children who want to keep Shabbat and the other commandments, and I, who so much wants my children to keep Shabbat and the commandments and be religious, have the opposite. I am battling all the time with my son and daughter. My husband and I keep commandments and Shabbat, and my children attended a religious school and yet I see that they don’t want it. I see others who don’t want religious kids, and G-d gives them children or children-in-law who became religious and want to be observant. I pray a lot that that my children will go in the way of Torah. What else can I do? I am devoted to Judaism but my son does not want it. He keeps a little, he prays with his small tallit and goes to the synagogue on Shabbat but he does not keep all the Shabbat laws. What should I do?
What is the correct way to become religious?
What is the balanced way to become religious?
Establish a rabbi for yourself
Can you help me find a rabbi? I became religious a few months ago and I read the weekly Torah portion with Rashi and Nachmanides. However it is very hard for me to understand and I also have questions about daily life. I really want to have a rabbi that I can learn with. I am 34 years old and a few months ago I moved to Rishon L'Tzion from abroad. I used to live in St. Louis in America and there I had an extremely nice community. Basically it is very difficult for me to find my identity here in Israel and I think it would help if I had a rabbi. I appreciate any assistance you can give me.
A woman’s voice singing in public
Recently, a new series was screened on TV called "Family Performance", and several religious families performed on the program. One of the families was strictly religious and the mother claimed that she received permission from a rabbi to sing with her two children in the program (she says that she usually only sings before women). Can a rabbi give permission for this? And if so, why? Thanks.
I had an argument with a friend who claimed that the survival of the Jewish people is not proof of anything. He brought as proof the Nordic mythology that exists to this day. How can I respond to this?
Were all of us created from Adam and Eve?
I became religious and then heard an atheist asking a question, which perplexed me. I am G-d forbid not asking because I do not believe in G-d — but it still bothered me a little. He asked if all humans came from Adam and Eve, how do they have different genes? I heard from a rav that the Zohar said there were people before Adam and Eve, so I don’t know. Please answer me.
How come the Torah allows a man to marry several women?
I wanted to ask a question that has been bothering me for a long time and still bothers me even though I became religious a few years ago. How can the Holy Torah, which was given by the Creator who understands the hearts of all His creatures, allow a man to marry more than one wife? As a woman, it is completely incomprehensible to me. It doesn’t appear a step that any woman can make peace with. Some say that Rabeinu Gershom’s ban against marrying more than one wife was valid for only 1000 years and therefore now it is permitted. But besides that, we want to base our lives on Torah laws and not on laws passed by non-Jewish governments. How can I wish for this reality if this is the Torah law? The Torah is above time, and therefore the reality of marrying two women or more should be appropriate even in our times. I do not think that my feeling is unusual and I think a lot of women would feel like me. How is it that G-d allows such unbearable grief in His holy teachings? I would greatly appreciate hearing your reply. I ask only that someone well versed on the subject answer my question which is asked from the heart rather than as a complaint.