Search Results "Religious"
Sexual identity problem
My 20 year old daughter told me that she had a sexual identity problem and she is attracted to girls and has "friend-spouses.“ Of course I was in total shock, considering she graduated from a religious high school and thinks of herself as a religious girl. I tried to tell her that this is a very serious prohibition, but she claims that the prohibition is only between males and not females. I tried to talk her out of it and she tells me that it is not her choice, that’s just the way she is. What am I to do? I'm at a loss and feel very stressed about it. How can I help her?
Most Beautiful Mikve In The World?
A beautiful Mikve was dedicated this week in Moscow, a hundred years after the Communist regime started closing all Mikvaot and religious institutions in Russia.
Educating Little Girls
Hello, we are a religious family, thank G-d, we have 2 daughters aged 4 and almost 3, and a boy four months old. My question is regarding the girls. We have been teaching them to wash their hands in the morning and before meals, say Grace After Meals, the blessings before eating and drinking, waiting several hours between meat and milk, not talking between washing one’s hands and eating, etc. and they have been cooperating beautifully. But sometimes, they do not recite the blessing on a particular food or they talk between washing hands and eating, etc. My question is should I remind them that they didn’t say the blessing? Or just be an example to them without mentioning or pointing anything out? I want to note that they are not doing it on "purpose" and as soon as I remind them they right away say the blessing. It’s the same about waiting between meat and milk, how long should they wait at their age? And if they do not want to wait the necessary time, should I just give in to them? I want to note that if they want to eat something dairy and I tell them we just ate meat, they usually understand and do not insist on it, but should I just give it to them without saying that we ate meat? Another question: at what age is it important to wear socks? (I am particular that they wear only skirts and three quarters sleeve blouses from the age of 3, but I dress them in tight pants under the skirt instead of stockings.) Thank you for your answers in advance.
Supporting People who Learn Torah
Here in Mumbai, I help organize Torah lectures for Israelis through Chabad, but I am also still searching and seeking. Just now I heard from a non-religious man that according to Maimonides (Rambam) it is forbidden to support people who learn Torah. It is even a sin for those learning Torah to collect money, as their learning must be accompanied with work. Is this true? When I give money to those learning Torah am I doing a sin? And how can it be that an entire community of religious people are making this mistake? I am sure there is a reasonable explanation. I don't know how to respond to him, so I would appreciate hearing your answer.
Why does the Torah command us not to eat certain animals? A Torah observant Jew does not lose out on any pleasures in life, rather he learns how to gain self-control
Religious kindergarten education
I know that in many religious kindergartens, they teach the children to keep the commandments, give charity, respect adults, do good deeds, etc. (It’s a pity it is not done in all kindergartens.) This is an important thing but there is one thing I encountered which bothered me. A religious child of about 4 approached a person who he knows is not religious (he is traditional, and does not wear a kippa) and told him, 'You are a goy [non-Jew]' since he saw that he wasn’t wearing a kippa. Can it be that they are teaching in kindergartens that secular Jews are un-Jewish or is this a specific case in a particular kindergarten? There are many secular Jews who are charitable, have a good heart and keep many commandments applying to their fellow man, like showing concern for others, etc. Can it be that a kindergarten teacher taught children that secular Jews are gentiles?? After all, the most basic thing in the Torah is respecting others and avoiding offending others’ feelings. Thank you very much.
The Key to Life
Can you be religious and still enjoy the things you love to do? How does the wisdom of kabbalah effect your daily life? In a sensational lecture, with an entertaining musical finish, Rabbi Glaser illustrates the depth of the infinite Torah wisdom based on the Ten Sefirot
What Steps Should One Who Wants to Start Observing Judaism Take?
What steps are recommended for a person who is interested in observing Judaism? How can one begin the journey without arousing the fierce opposition of family and friends? Four veteran baalei tshuva (who became religious) share their experiences and advise those who are setting out on the path
I have grown a lot religiously this past year, but I have not been happy for the past two to three years. I feel like a robot. I get up, go to work, come home, shower, eat and go to bed. I have also become estranged from my good friends for no good reason. My head and my hear hurt and I have no energy for anything. I feel all alone in the world even though I know that my friends and family love me. My main problem is in my love life. This is the source of my pain and frustration. We were together for three years, the first of which was very good. But then we began a series of breakups and reconciliations. I no longer appreciate the things she does or the way she talks. We literally fight all the time. And I can't stop thinking about what she's doing and who she's with. For a time it was better and I was able to stop thinking about her, but then out of the blue she calls or texts as if nothing had happened and it starts all over again. It drives me crazy and really frustrates me, but somehow I fall for her all over again. And then it falls apart in less than a month. This is not the woman I fell in love with. I know that she is not the right one for me.
When is a woman acceptable to give testimony in the rabbinate?
Shalom Rabbi, I realize that there are some categories of people who are invalid for being witnesses for a bride or groom, and one of them if I'm not mistaken, is a woman. A. How is it possible then that the rabbi in the rabbinate approved of my testimony for a bride? B. Who are invalid to give testimony? C. What is the source? D. If a woman is indeed invalid, should she refuse to give testimony? What is the law about the matter? The bride has not yet become religious but I’m trying to keep all the commandments, from the easiest to the hardest. Awaiting your response, Thank you as always.
How to approach my daughter? Urgent ............
We are a family that just became religious and the children are studying in Orthodox schools. Unfortunately we are still connected to the Internet because we need it for work. When we were not at home, our eldest daughter, aged 11 and a half, surfed to see the most forbidden sites. We see this as a very serious thing, and do not know how to talk to her about it. Should we speak to her toughly or calmly? Should we punish her? If so, what means of punishment? It’s urgent.... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hosting a gentile on the holiday of Sukkot
We want to host my wife's family in our Sukkah. My wife invited her parents, and they without thinking brought along my sister-in-law, her non-Jewish husband (who she is married to for some 10 years) and her two children, because my sister-in-law and her partner regularly celebrate the holidays with her parents. It should be noted that the family of my wife is not religious and they welcome their daughter's mate because they have no choice. They let him sit at their table during the holidays, mainly because of the children. We have expressed our resentment in the past concerning their relationship, however, because there are children, they accepted him. Unfortunately, the conversion process he began a few years ago vanished due to his difficulties in completing the process. First, May I host him in our Sukkah, knowing that by hosting them, we have not done anything special to give him “recognition” because he is already “accepted" in the family? Should I cancel their coming for the holiday, knowing that my sister-in-law would be offended and possibly also my in-laws? Please note that canceling any family reunion for this reason will cause distress to my wife because we are losing a meeting with her parents and her other siblings who are not "guilty" for the situation. Second, how should we act with our standard Kiddush wine (which I understand is cooked) with regard to him and any other alcoholic beverage such as beer and the like. Thanks in advance.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Jew
What is the biggest fear people face when deciding whether to become an observant Jew? Rabbi Glaser explains how to deal with the challenges that arise when taking on Jewish values
Where Should one begin from in Learning Torah?
Hello, I am a 30 year old USA-born Jew to two Israeli parents, currently living in Israel. While my grandparents and father studied in Yeshiva, I stopped at a young age and so remember nothing of it. For certain reasons lately I have grown interest in learning about religion, and the differences in Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim beliefs. Not necessarily because I want to become a "devout believer" as much as to understand what the big deal is and where everyones heads are. Naturally as I am Jewish, and because everything started from the Tanach I thought this was the place to start. As I comb through the surface I realize I hardly know where to start. It almost seems crazy to just start from the beginning and begin reading Beresheit. My Hebrew reading is not very good, and in my head and English translation is almost irrelevant as I feel much of the underlying information, acronyms, etc get lost (not that I would understand them in Hebrew anyway). It also seems like I would never get very far this way. Especially because Im only skimming the outside right now to understand what everything even is (Torah, Neviim, Ktuvim, Parshot, etc). Im just trying to understand the contents as of now! Anyway like I said its overwhelming and I am confused where to begin. My religious friend said it may be better to start general readings on the outside, and perhaps understand what faith is to begin with - and recommended a book called The Garden of Emuna, which I will have in a few days. I hope you understand where I am coming from and the direction I am looking for. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much. Kind Regards, Tom Gilad
Help to find a school for my child
I want to send my son to a school where they teach only Torah from morning to evening. He is now in first grade in a religious state school in Be'er Sheva - is there such a school run completely according to the Torah?
Modesty at the Workplace
I'm a 17-year-old girl, working at a (separate) swimming pool) in the town where I live. The manager's office is at the pool; however he cannot leave his room during the girls' swimming hours. At those time, if he needs something – for us to bring him, or to tell us something – then he calls one of the workers (there is no problem of yichud (being secluded with a man) because it takes maybe 30 seconds or one minute, and the door isn't locked). The problem is that we are wearing a short-sleeved "Staff" shirt, and he knows that we are wearing it. (He is not religious) and I can't change the shirt every times he calls me. Is this permitted? And if not, what can I do?
From Christianity to Judaism - Yosef Juarez tells his remarkable story in full
What caused Yosef Juarez to convert from being a youth leader and minister in the church, to becoming a faithful and observant Jew? Yosef Juarez shares his dramatic and exciting Journey to Judaism in full
May a child be cross with his parents?
My second son is almost 23 years old, married with no children. He is chareidi and we are more liberal. He became more religious and is now a very religious Litvak. It has been almost a month that he isn’t talking to us, he and his wife completely broke off contact. He is angry with us for various reasons, but it is not related to our observance. On the contrary, we have great respect for him and help him out. Now that it’s before Yom Kippur, I’m wondering, as his mother, do I have to ask for his forgiveness? I forgave him in advance for his childish and problematic behavior, and I am not making a big deal of it, I want to believe that hopefully things will work out in the future, and I do not want to hold any bad feelings and complaints against him in my heart. I forgive him wholeheartedly. Do I still need to ask him for forgiveness? I believe with all my heart that I didn’t do anything bad to him, and that his reaction is very wrong. I would appreciate your quick reply.
A Sensational Spiritual Journey
What inspired Rebbetzin Lori Palatnik to become religious and establish the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, inspiring women and their families all around the world? Rebbetzin Lori Palatnik shares her thrilling life experiences
Modesty at work
I’m a seventeen-year-old girl and work at a separate pool on the settlement where I live. The director’s office is in the pool area, but he can’t come out of it during girls’ hours, so if he needs something – to be brought to him, or to tell us something, then he calls one of the girls. (It’s not a problem of yichud [a man and woman being secluded together] because it’s for half a minute or a minute and the door’s not locked). The problem is that we wear short-sleeved staff t-shirts, and he knows that we’re wearing those shirts (he’s not religious), and I can’t change my shirt every time he calls me. Is it permissible? And if not, what should I do?