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Shkiyah and Bein Hashemashot in halacha
Rabbi, I heard from some people that the Mishna Brura was machmir to paskin like shitat HaGr”a to say that the beginning of Shabbat is from the shkiyah , but that in Europe some people still did work after the shkiyah . So is it possible nowadays that someone shouldn’t hold like the Mishna Brura on this? Also, if the Mishna Brura is right and the truth is like the Gr”a, then how’s it possible that some people can still hold like Rabbenu Tam and daven Mincha so late after the shkiyah ?
The Priests as Jewish law-makers
Hi there! Thanks very much! My question is that the Pharisees removed the role of the Priests in ancient times because they were concerned they had become corrupt. I think this has had a significant impact on Jewish law because the Priests were supposed to minister the law to the Israelite people. Do you think the function of the Priests will ever be reinstated? Do you think this affects the legality of Jewish law today? With thanks
how does orthodoxy respond to marc shapiro
Question: My nonreligious cousins came to us for a meal and touched the wine I poured for myself in a cup. The wine was not cooked. I didn’t drink it but I have heard that non-religious people nowadays have a halachic status of a Tinok Shenishbah. So maybe he did not ruin my wine and I could have drunk it. What is correct?
The role of women in Judaism
Hi, I'm on an online forum and some people were saying that they don't like religion (not Judaism, referring specifically to Christianity) since the women is put down. I responded saying that from the view of Judaism which Christianity is founded on, the women is looked up to, protected and often greater than the man. It's not better/worse roles, just different. Someone responded, and asked for clarification, writing: In Genesis, woman was the seductress and temptress that caused the downfall of man, and the whole human race. Eve was cursed by God for her disobedience and leading Adam astray: "Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee" I said I'd ask and try find a response to it, and am wondering if you can respond (my original response was: Historically, in Judaism (and I'm quoting judaism as supposedly christianity and all variations originate there, and also because this is all before christianity was developed, and I don't know enough about any religion, but I think that all christianity believe in this - correct me if I'm wrong) a women, as @JmpMster says has an equal if not greater roll. Think of Adam and Eve. Adam saying he followed Eve. Think of Abraham being told by god to listen to his wife, that his wife knows better. Or of god lying to Abraham about his wife, for him not to know she didn't believe in him. Think of Jacob choosing where to go based on his mothers advise. Think of the women prophets. Traditionally women have held a different role to that of men. Not better or worse. Different. All religion is meant to be about respect and elevation of a women. Looking after. Care for. Protect.) Thank you! Ellie
Donation to a Bet Knesset from a non-religious person
Question: We received a very generous donation to our bet Knesset for someone who is not religious at all. Knowing him he has probably transgressed the whole Torah right and left. Is it permitted to use this money for the Bet Haknesset?
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
Good day sir, My question is What is meant by "unity in the One G-d"?
The Traditional Passover Meal
Salutations Rabbi, I have a question pertaining to the traditional Passover meal. The traditional Seder dinner typically includes gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, brisket or roast chicken, potato kugel and carrot and prune tzimmes. Now, we know that none of these foods originated in ancient Israel - they're from a later period in Jewish history during the diaspora and after the destruction of the Temple. But my question is, what would have been a traditional Passover meal in ancient Israel? What would have been the traditional Passover meal for people living at the time of King Solomon or the Prophet Isaiah? What would have been the Passover meal for people living in the time of Herod's Temple? Thank you, Joshua Flaugher
Shiurei Torah to Nonreligious
I have the special merit of teaching Torah classes in a less religious area in Bet Shemesh. It occurred to me though, many non-religious people stated attending the lectures , but they attend without a Kippah on their head. I am not sure whether to ask them to cover their head out of respect , or since that request might turn them off from attending, maybe I should let them come even without a head covering?
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 :-)
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.
Survival Of Jewish Nation
Hello. The following is an article I found in the Hebrew version of Hidabroot, regarding the survival of the Jewish nation up until now: נגד כל הסיכויים _____________ העובדה שעם-ישראל חי וקיים, הוא נס ופלא שאין כדוגמתו. נצחיות עם ישראל הינה תופעה בלתי הגיונית, בפרט לאור שלוש תופעות שקיימות בעם ישראל, אשר בדרך הטבע היו אמורות לגרום לכלייתו ולאובדנו של עם. שלוש תופעות אשר למרבה הפלא, כולן נבואות שנחזו לפני למעלה מ-3,000 שנה בתורה: 1) עם ישראל קטן בכמותו. בקבוצה קטנה - הסיכוי לשרוד בגלות, ולא להתבולל בתרבות הגויים, הוא קטן ביותר. ישנה נבואה מפורשת - שעם ישראל יהיה קטן בכמותו. נאמר כך: "וְנִשְׁאַרְתֶּם בִּמְתֵי מְעָט תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר הֱיִיתֶם כְּכוֹכְבֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם לָרֹב..." (דברים כ"ח, ס"ב). 2) עם ישראל מפוזר בכל העולם כולו. אילו היה עם ישראל גולה רק לכמה מקומות בודדים בעולם, הרי שהיו לו סיכויים כלשהם לשרוד. אבל בכל העולם - סיכוייו לשרוד ולא להתבולל בגויים שואפים לאפס. התורה חזתה מראש שעם ישראל יצא לגלות ויתפזר בכל העולם כולו, שנאמר: "וֶהֱפִיצְךָ ה' בְּכָל הָעַמִּים מִקְצֵה הָאָרֶץ וְעַד קְצֵה הָאָרֶץ" (דברים כח', סד'). 3) עם ישראל, לאורך כל ההיסטוריה נרדף, מעונה, מושמד וסובל מאד. באופן טבעי, אין שום סיכוי לעם נרדף ומעונה לשרוד. תורת ישראל ניבאה את רדיפת עם ישראל על ידי הגויים מראש: "וּבַגּוֹיִם הָהֵם לֹא תַרְגִּיעַ, וְלֹא-יִהְיֶה מָנוֹחַ לְכַף-רַגְלֶךָ..." (דברים כ"ח, ס"ה). והנה, למרות היותו עם קטן, נרדף, מעונה ומפוזר בכל העולם - עם ישראל שורד עד עצם היום הזה! איך יכול להיות שעם ישראל שורד כנגד כל הסיכויים? אלא שתופעה על טבעית זו כבר נחזתה לפני למעלה מ-3,000 שנה בתורה: "וְאַף גַּם זֹאת בִּהְיוֹתָם בְּאֶרֶץ אֹיְבֵיהֶם, לֹא מְאַסְתִּים וְלֹא גְעַלְתִּים לְכַלֹּתָם לְהָפֵר בְּרִיתִי אִתָּם, כִּי אֲנִי ה' אֱלֹקיהֶם" (ויקרא כו', מד'). בורא עולם מבטיח לעם ישראל, שאף אם יהיה מצבם קשה ביותר, עד שהאויב יאיים על קיומם, הוא לעולם לא יפקיר אותם לכליה. מי יכול להתחייב לנבואה כה בלתי הגיונית ופרדוקסאלית?! ומי הוא זה שיכול לעמוד בהבטחתו ולקיימּה?! רק בורא העולם ושליט ההיסטוריה מסוגל לזאת. The following is a response for to the above from a family member of mine: _______________________________________ What is so good about G-d predicting 3000 years ago that the Jews will be spread all over the world and tortured by all the nations but never disappear? Its like torturing someone to near death but always keeping him just alive enough so you can keep on torturing him again and again and again.... And we already know that G-d has proven 1000's of times that keeping the מצוות makes no difference because he just מסתיר פניו and the good get tortured with the bad So בורא עולם is extremely cruel according to these "clever "rabbis.
Why is there no fast of Rabbi Akiva as there is for Gedalia. Rabbi Akiva's terrible mistake concerning Bar Cochba led to more Jews being killed proportionally than in the holocaust and of course the destruction of the temple. Furthermore he refused to join various leaders asking Bar Cochba to surrender
1. Are women called to the bima to read Tenach? 2. When is it to late to have a a bat mitzvah?
Questions about Moshiach
1. Could MBD come on a "lower" level because the Jewish people fall short of what Hashem expects? One Moshiach coming as Azkhenazi or Sephardic or Chabad or Breslov or Kurdish or... this can cause envy in the other "groups", almost the reason for the destruction of the Temple. the question is: could he come as Ben Noach or "non-religious" Jews at first? obviously becoming later and gradually acquiring much knowledge. Even because he also comes to unite the whole world and not only the Jewish people. Even if unprovable, this can not be possible? It would be a good fit for him to come upon a donkey (after mastering your yetzer hara). Besides a shrewd way of God to hide it in a klipa noga (as Moses in Mizraim). 2. If you will allow me: one last question. if he is humble like Moshe then he may not know that he is MBD, correct? or is he necessarily self-conscious of his anointing? Thank you very much. HaShem bless you.
In a case of both couples working in jobs, despite the command for husbands to provide for their households, what is the wife to do with her income? Is a joint income account wrong?
What is wrong with intermarriage?
What is wrong with a jewish girl who choose to not be religious, marrying a nice non jewish boy? why does religion play a role in marriage, and why is it so discouraged?
Shalom Rabbi. How can a modest girl like Rivkah talk to a stranger whom she does'nt know?
Kosher Energy Work
Hi. I am interested in energy work and I was wondering if there is a “kosher” Way of doing energy work and if so, which books or courses would you recommend?