Search Results "Jewish Law"
Reasons to Prohibit Intermarriage
I am writing to inquire if Orthodox Jewish law or precedent supports my parent’s position. Here they are. 1. Their last will and testament states to marry a non Jew is to entirely forfeit my inheritance. 2. To marry outside the faith would be a violation of the social-religious contracts and to commit social suicide where I would be more or less disowned as a social pariah. 3. They and my Orthodox siblings would refuse on any grounds to meet a non Jewish partner or any offspring resulting from this union, i.e. my patent’s grandchildren. I am certain they are committed to preserving legacy etc but my query here is if this mindset and retributive moves are common to Jewish law and custom. In other words, is this inherent to the doctrine and worldview of Judaism or are their decisions a net result of the senility of agining, bankrupt morality, a reactionary mindset from Jewish oppression, generational identity as survivors, or are these conventions strictly the result of centuries of religious and ideological conviction. Thank you for an honest and straightforward response. The religious mindset truly leaves outsiders baffled and mystified and it would useful to know if there is a religious ideology behind their motives or something else. Asher
Saying hello to a Non-Jew
I’m have trouble with my Jewish friend, When I’m working hard on my garden he tells me , Good luck enjoy....don’t he see I’m working hard!...Is he have fun with me .
Kiddushin with a stolen ring
Question: I am a Baal Teshuva and unfortunately, I had to spend some time in jail. Baruch Hashem, I turned around and did Teshuva. In jail, I made a friend who was a career thief. He also was Chozer Beteshuva with me and he merited getting married last week. He had told me that a number of years ago he robbed a jewelry store and got a number of rings etc. I suspect that he used one of those rings for Kiddushin. Now he stole it from a Non-Jew years ago does that make a difference. Should I say something to my friend or the Rav?
Shalom, i live in israel and the woman with whom i intend to marry lives in the united states. we intend to do the religious ceremony in israel but the fact that the grandmothers of my future wife and other members of her family will not be able to move, what would be possible to do as a 2nd religious ceremony in the usa? Thank you for helping :-)
My two daughters are partial Jewish since intermarriage, one of my daughters got a DNA test and it came back around 25 percent European Jewish, which I assume is the same for my other daughter. How should I approach this?
Marrying a Convert
Shalom, My name is Stefon. I'm waiting to hear back from the Beis Din regarding beginning my classes. I was looking up the topic on marriage. However, There is no information on the marriage of a convert, who was divorced twice and has three children from those marriages years before his conversion . Is that convert permitted to marry a Jewish woman with no children?
I have a question that has been bothering me for some time. Much of the study of Judaism, such as the Talmud is filled with debates. Even in Jewish law there is debates, such as between the Rambam and his colleagues, or the Beit Yosef and Rav Isserlis. But from what I have learned that all makes sense, because there can be truths on different spiritual levels and the origin of the sages souls also matters. But what I really do not understand is how there can be two practical truths, as in, how do Sefardim and Ashkenazim hold differently in actual practice, or how is there different versions of prayer books, I don't mean a minor custom or stringency, rather mean real big differences? Did God want different laws for different Jews, not better or worse, just different?? Where do we see that this was Gods intention? How do we know this is what god wanted, and not some technicality? I understand it is all divine providence, but is there a source for this idea? Can you find these ideas in the Torah? To summarize, how does it make sense that there can be 2 Jews, practicing Judaism, 2 different ways, if we have one god and one Torah?
Is it Ok for a non-Jew not to Convert?
I'm reviewing, learning about the Jewish religion from a "Christian" background with the purpose of better understanding. I recently learned the Nimrod,tammaz, (I think thats the correct spelling) and it upset me and made me question just what I was actually believing. The Torah and related information from Rabbi videos has expand my knowledge and understand exponentially. It really has helped me grow. But I just came across a reference to the Sanhedrin 59a in the comments section of what basically was a video discouraging conversation to judism. It also reference the "Rambam" as discouraging it and saying we we're like Kohen Gadol offering profane fire to G_D. I really don't have a good way to verify this or even check if I understood it correctly. I humbly ask if you can clarify this.
A chazon filming himself saying Selichot
The rabbi of our shul set up his smartphone to record our synagogue chazon reciting Selichot and the chazon was able to see himself on the screen throughout the Selichot. Is this permitted?
Taking a vacation during Elul
My friends and I were thinking of organizing a vacation during Elul. Is there any problem with doing that?
Picture of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
What does Jewish law say about the picture of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai that is shown all over? How did they have his picture after so many years? Do they know who drew him, and when?
Lag B’Omer and the Bar Kochba rebellion
Is there any connection between Lag B’Omer and the Bar Kochba rebellion? Does it appear in any Jewish sources?
I understand that most Jewish couples get a civil wedding certificate before going under the chuppah. If the Jewish wedding has to be delayed (eg, the couple is having difficulty raising funds for a wedding, or it will be a long time before the relatives and friends they want to celebrate with can get together at the same time), can the couple live together as husband and wife before going under the chuppah if they already have a civil wedding certificate?
Bugs in Cauliflower
I heard you can blend, grind or mash cauliflower, broccoli or strawberries & then eat it even though there are probably bugs in them. Is that correct? Please elaborate in detail
The commandment of education
I have a 16 year old son who decided not to keep Torah and the commandments. Am I obligated by Jewish law to educate him in this? Is his not being religious a punishment for me?
Leaflets on Shabbat in Shul
I want to place circulars in our local shul for people to read. The trouble is that the circulars contain a variety of advertisements that are not appropriate for Shabbat. The people in my area aren’t well informed of Jewish law. If I put the circulars in shul, is this like placing a stumbling block before them?
According to what I read on Hidabroot, it is forbidden to sign an organ donation card. I would like to know why this is so, which specific sources forbid it, and who are the rabbis who forbid it? (I saw that there are many rabbis who recommend it and have even signed themselves). If a person signs while he was alive on the condition that his family would agree, is the family obligated to protest?
Psalms at Night
Students of mine have asked me a couple times the following question: Is it permissible to say Tehillim at night? If it is prohibited, what are the hours that Tehillim cannot be said?
I learn in a religious girls' school and recently encountered the question of women dancing with men. There was a family dance event and we danced together with our fathers and brothers. What is the Jewish law about this matter?
Six months ago, I began to observe the Shabbat. The first time I decided to take on something that had always burned inside me. I try each time to take on a different commandment and stick to it. However, I am ignorant of the Bible and Jewish law. It is obvious to me that it is a full and rich world. I want to ask if you know of a book or a learning framework which would enrich my world with knowledge of the Jewish spiritual world. Thank you.