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Are non-Jews commanded to be careful of seed?
I visit many times in the University here in New york. In a recent class a student asked this question.
questions on theft
?how can i repent on stealing something- i have no idea to whom it belongs wen i ws 14 i stole a wallet from a 6 year old is this considered stealing? if its a non jew how can i repent ?
relationship with a married man
there is a woman in my community that had intimate relations(sex) with a married man. she is asking what is the punishment and if it is true that she will now have 7 bad years?.
who is a jew
.thank God i am a bal teshuva and im 30 years old involved in shlichut in south america to strengthen the youth in a recent conversation we were questioned, who is a jew? i answered that its a genetic thing and also spiritual. is judaism only something passed over genetically or is somebody that only has a jewish father jewish spiritualy?
The ten tribes
I give a lecture on the Daf Yomi in a Beit Knesset in New York and wanted to clarify the concept of the ten tribes in depth. Where are they? There is such an oppinion that all the Jew today are from the tribes of Yehuda, Binyamin and Levi, and all the other tribes have dissapeared since they were exiled accross the Sambatyon (which we do not know where it is today). Now, several of the Bnei Menashe have been found in Burma and Turkey... Another opinion holds that are scattered amongst the Jews. For example, the Jews of Paris originate from Binyamin, (Mordechai was from Binyamin). The Jews of Yemen originate from Yehuda, the Jews of Morocco originate from Ephraim, the Jews of Europe originate from Yosef, the Jews of Ethiopia originate from Dan... and so on... There are even exact sources proving where the different tribes were sent and whne Mashiach comes he will tell us all which tribe we originate form. Are there more opinions?
question from minsk
a divorcee with a son of 15 whom he has not spoken to in over 2 years does he make the blessing "baruch shepatarnu"?
bracha and advice
Shalom to the Rav! I am a principal of a seminary in Manchester . We have a son who has not found yet found his match for a number of years, he wants to found a truly kosher home, but he just hasn’t found yet with who. He would greatly appreciate any bracha or word of advice you could offer. Thank you, Devora
An additional questin i was asked following Harav Zamir Cohen’s visit in Baltimore
I was asked an additional question here in Baltimore following Harav Zamir Cohen's visit to our community, and would appreciate if you can answer. There are a few concepts in the Torah that i simply do not understand. The Torah commands us to behave with such care towards animals - to releeve it of a heavy load, to be carefull not to cause it any pain and even to save it if it is in trouble. How then is it possible that this same Torah commands us to do things such as throwing a goat off a cliff " la'azazel," or performing a Brit Millah, which is a painful procedure which is not done under anesthesia, on a tiny baby? I understand that we humans are the crown of creation, but why must thses actions be done with such cruelty?
I work with young men from India, I have been asked whether it is permissible to go for "palm-reading" or "coffee reading"?
Additional questions from Baltimore
I was asked another question here in Baltimore regarding a lecture by Rabbi Zamir Cohen on the topic of Adam's two sons, Kain and Hevel. We see that Hevel served G-d from the way he chose to offer a praiseworthy korban (offering). If so, why was his fate just like his name - "Hevel, nothing?"
A Long Skirt without socks
A Long Skirt without socks Dear Rabbi, I am responsible for the educational framework of the girls at our school. There are instances that the girls allow themselves to wear long skirts without socks. My question is whether it is permissible for a girl to wear a skirt which covers the entire foot until the sole, without any socks but with closed shoes? Thank you, Tamar
And Avraham returned to his son
Hello Rabbi, While preparing a lecture in a synagogue in Madrid, i noticed that it says in the Parshah, "...ויחזור אברהם אל נעריו - and Avraham returned to his son..." while Yitzchak is not mentioned. Where was Yitzchak following the Adeidah?
belief in the sages
hello how could it be that a blessing of a great sage did not yet come to be? how can one strengthen oneself in believe in sages?
question of a divorcee here in our community in philadelpia
i have guided a couple in family peace who have eventually unfortunately gotten divorced recently the woman has opened up to me, the wife of the rabbai in a very open and painful way and with her permission i am contacting you. i am baalat teshuva of 6 years outof which i have been in the midrasha for 4 years (college) i got married and got divorced 4 months after marriage after a problem was detected in my husband. this was the underlying problem i was having doubts on before our wedding.after our wedding i was a substitute for a woman who was out on maternity leave and i finished the job before pesach/passover. i have left the house which we lived in together and moved to a rented appartement in jerusalem. i am more in my parents house though, since i feel i need comfort and familiartity.the way which i have been living my life was a very logical existence. i have always used my mind over my emotions this is before my wedding in college and even more so after my wedding. in the realm of being a wife i have done only that which is correct and reight and never that which i wanted, this was also so in preparation to my wedding- untill it all blew up. i feel thisis the reason y i have ignored the problems prior to my weddng because i did not emotionaly connect to my problems. this also caused me to become further from Hashem. in college i felt i could not go down a level in my service to Hashem because all the girls so respected me and i felt like such a good person i didnt want to go down , however now i am trying to get myself back together and chill a bit. i wake up late without being stringent on the time one should say the shema. i do however pray twice a day like i always have . it is without soul though. it is not that i have had tremendous feelings which have dwindled down with time- only that from teh beggining i have felt it to be hard on me to pray but i didnt listen to my heart and i prayed the full prayer and now i am cutting down on it. on the other hand however i feel so strongly about Gd and i am very connected to Him and i very much defend Him in the face of others. i therefore dont understand y my heart is closed to prayer . my question is how do i proceed now? i have read here on the website of hidabroot that if someone were to ask me whom i like i am to answer Gd i felt a strong negativity to this something in me felt pushed down, and it is not that i am angry at Gd that i got divorced- on the contrary i am so thankful for now i have time to heal and become a better person. i feel angry at Gd that i cannot feel released and happy. i always feel like i am not doing good by Gd and that i am not doing enough to serve Him. many people feel bad about themself and then the y repent and they feel all good with themselves however i feel like there is always place for a better repentance. i am sorry that that the question is so lengthy i feel however that only to rav zamir i can listen since i am having a very hard time with listening to rabbanim now since i feel like they havent put enough care to my case before my wedding and have just said that i am a regular bride afraid of marriage and change. and many great rabbais dont listen to other great rabbais so the thing is a confusion for me. please let me know if rabbai could be of any assistance,
Differences of opinion in matters of Halachah and customs
Hello, I was appointed Rabbi of a community in the west coast in America. Last year and last week an elderly man that participates in my Daf Yomi lecture raised a question. He asked that if there is one True Torah, why are there so many differences of opinion when it comes to laws and customs. What can I answer him?
student asked me
Are non-Jews commanded to be careful of seed? I visit many times in the University here in New York. In a recent class a student asked this question.
is it a problem if the children of first marriage come to the wedding of a second marriage?
there a question here in casablanca morrocco if the children from first marriage of an individual should come to the chuppa and wedding of the second marriage
Art of Scuplting
Art of Scuplting A question I was asked in a weekly class to students of art in Cornell – Is it permissible to sculpt a sculpture of someone from clay or plaster which copies the form of his face? [This is an important question, because it involves an art project.] Thank you in advance! We would be happy to receive a prompt answer. Reuben Neimi
Tanach with the New Testament
At my workplace I found in an old desk a Tanach with commentary and a New Testament. The New Testament I threw away. My question is: what to do with the Tanach? I don't know if the text is altered; it seems to be complete and okay.
question on the Biblical tenth
hello rabbai in the aftermath of a class i just gave in the synagogue here in barcelona many questions arose, as follows: it is my will to ask how one calculates the biblical tenth of his paycheck: on the one hand i have seen tht hidabroot advises that biblical tenth is ten percent of the net paycheck that one receives for example: if one received 6000 nis the biblical tenth is 600 nis. on the second hand i have heard from ppl in a chareidi class that first one must remove from the check the amount a person requires to live and only then does he give a tenth. so if a persons monthly expenses are 2000 nis then it only remains 4000 to take a tenth from and the individual will give 400 nis what is the correct calculation? i will be happy for a quick response.