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Orthodox Judaism: The Understanding of "End Time", bbc world news, kosher fish
Orthodox Judaism: The Understanding of "End Time", bbc world news, kosher fish, fish story

Orthodox Judaism: The Jewish Messiah, jewish messiah, jewish law
jewish messiah, jewish law, old testament: Hi Jacob, Get drunk but not on wine a verse in the Torah (Old Testament)? I think not. Please cite the source you are referring to, my friend. Jewish Law strictly prohibits any life threatening activity. I presume doing drugs will fall under that category....

Orthodox Judaism: Long side hair?, side hair, orthodox communities
side hair, orthodox communities, jewish boys: Dear Avril- The Torah forbids males to shave their sideburns bald. (See Leviticus 19:27). Some ultra orthodox communities have the practice to never or only slightly EVER cut that area of the head as a sign of their devotion and attachment to the precept....

Orthodox Judaism: Marriage question, orthodox shul, orthodox rabbi
orthodox shul, orthodox rabbi, work colleagues: Hi Carla, The reason why they want to see the Ketubah is so you can show evidence of being Jewish. In the old days when we lived in close-nit communities with little assimilation this procedure wasn t necessary, now unfortunately it is. So anyone...

Orthodox Judaism: Prophets, grilled cheese sandwich, weirdos
grilled cheese sandwich, weirdos, prophets: Hello Murel. Yes, I am frankly mystified why people would believe such an obvious hoax as a talking fish. But I am also mystified why people would believe that Jesus rose again, too - and yet there are so many of them that do. I guess when I commented...

Orthodox Judaism: Sabbath, unbroken tradition, shabbat
unbroken tradition, shabbat, gregorian calendar: Hi Ovadiah There s no direct reference in the Torah to the names of the days of the week (as we know them). The Torah simply refers to the 1st, 2nd day etc. and Shabbat. But, we have an unbroken tradition that spans over 3000 years that the Shabbat is...

Orthodox Judaism: Sarah, oral torah, abraham and sarah
oral torah, abraham and sarah, orthodox judaism: Hi David, Orthodox Judaism as we know it today only commenced at Mount Sinai. There, the Jewish people accepted the written and oral Torah upon themselves in which the criterion for who is a Jew are enumerated. Before that time, being part of the Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: Sarah, conversion to judaism, code of jewish law
conversion to judaism, code of jewish law, accepting god: Very good follow up! It is interesting to note that the laws of conversion as we have them now are generally said to have been derived from Ruth s conversion to Judaism. That being said, the formal conversion ceremony as we have it today today is:...

Orthodox Judaism: Seder, impediment, trachea
impediment, trachea, right arm: There are two reasons, 1) leaning on the right side is an impediment to the use of the right arm which one needs to eat with (this is most evident when lying on a couch which is how one leaned when dining in the days of the Talmud), 2) leaning to the right...

Orthodox Judaism: side hair on Jewish males, customs and traditions, orthodox judaism
customs and traditions, orthodox judaism, side hair: Hi Avril, In Orthodox Judaism there are many different customs and traditions that have evolved over the centuries that have become part and parcel of the Jewish way of life. It is important to understand the differences between Jewish Law and Jewish tradition...

Orthodox Judaism: solomon,, rabbi jacob, life application bible
rabbi jacob, life application bible, christian document: Jacob, Yes, it is recorded in Scripture that King Solomon indeed did have many many wives. He is considered the wisest man that ever lived so we must assume that he had a spiritual agenda in doing so. Do not believe that his purpose in this was entirely...

Orthodox Judaism: solomon,, rabbi jacob, life application bible
rabbi jacob, life application bible, king solomon: Hi Jacob, There are flaws in your logic. Why would G-d delude one nation any more than two? G-d did not delude them, they deluded themselves. There is a principle which says: in the way man wants to go, that is how he will be guided [from Heaven], they...

Orthodox Judaism: Ten Commandments, land of israel, 10 commandments
land of israel, 10 commandments, deuteronomy: Hi Murrel, Very good questions! And sorry for the delay in answering them. The 10 commandments were written as they appear in Exodus 20, both the 1st set and the 2nd. However in Deut.5, where Moses is repeating what happened, he makes a few...

Orthodox Judaism: The Understanding of "End Time", hasidic jews, fish market
hasidic jews, fish market, indiana phone: Hello Paul, I find it interesting that you do not doubt the truth of this event. Were you there when the fish spoke? Did the fish speak in the presence of a tremendous number of people who would make this account impossible to fake? And not to be picky, but...

Orthodox Judaism: I AM THAT I AM, exod, attributes
exod, attributes, relationship: Farooq, Comprehending the differences in G-ds name is a deep and mystical subject which requires delving into Kabbalistic theory. That said, His names are usually attributes of His relationship with his creations. Rashi explains this name to mean I am...

Orthodox Judaism: I AM THAT I AM, david rosenblum, exact translation
david rosenblum, exact translation, title christ: It is inappropriate for me to comment on non-Torah writings as they distort the Torah. When our Torah speaks about G-d, it refers to the One above, the single only G-d, not the Nazarene nor the Dalai Lama or anyone else, G-d forbid. The Names J. and I Will...

Orthodox Judaism: Creation, creative acts, mystical concept
creative acts, mystical concept, creation question: I don t understand what one thing has to do with the other. God is always in charge and always minding the store . The original question posed was does God actually perform creative acts on the Sabbath? The answer offered was that although God does not perform...

Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, pagan population, king saul
Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, pagan population, king saul, land of canaan

Orthodox Judaism: tah-thin..., tithes, storehouse
Orthodox Judaism: tah-thin..., tithes, storehouse, definition of love

Orthodox Judaism: Yeshua, messianic jews, little knowledge
Orthodox Judaism: Yeshua, messianic jews, little knowledge, believer

Orthodox Judaism: heart, soul, spirit, power of imagination, special spirit
power of imagination, special spirit, soul spirit: Hi Jacob, These are very hard terms to define without seeing them in the context of a specific verse. So I will try to show you some examples. Heart See Numbers 15/39. Here the heart is referring to actual place in the physical body which is the...

Orthodox Judaism: images., 2d images, english translations
2d images, english translations, dear peter: Dear Peter This is a very interesting question, and other people have shared your reservations in the past. The key to understanding the Scripture s intention is to consider the Hebrew. The term used for a forbidden image in Hebrew is Pesel . This derives...

Orthodox Judaism: images, 3 dimensional images, orthodox judaism
3 dimensional images, orthodox judaism, flat images: Dear Peter - Very good question! Very careful reading of the verse! According to the letter of the law, it prohibits making/owning any image for the purpose of idol worship. Orthodox Judaism prohibts (or at least strongly frowns upon) owning 3-Dimensional...

Orthodox Judaism: "J" Name, david rosenblum, reply thanks
david rosenblum, reply thanks, lesson in my life: Hi Farooq, Thank you for fulfilling my wish and being so understanding! G-d has many Names which describe the manner in which G-d reveals Himself to man. In addition, the J. Name is also His proper Name which explains why it is so common. I will be...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism Field study thesis, study thesis, bikur cholim
study thesis, bikur cholim, jewish ritual: Hi Alexzander, There is a Mitzvah in Judaism of visiting the sick. Jewish communities around the world have organized societies to visit the sick and help out the sick person s family in amazing ways that defy belief. I would call the Bikur Cholim (visitation...

Orthodox Judaism: Mediator, microscopic crystals, fundamentalist christians
microscopic crystals, fundamentalist christians, christian belief: Hello Alex, This question you have posed is quite deep indeed. In order to answer it, let s define a few terms. What s a sin? What s all holy ? Are we separate from G-d? What s there to mediate? And that will lead us to the response of whether or not we...

Orthodox Judaism: offspring, bible god, beautiful creations
bible god, beautiful creations, adam and eve: Hi Peter, God commanded humankind to be fruitful and multiply. There can never be too many people on this world. Was it Gods intention for the world to seriously ravaged by people? Well, he certainly created the world for the use and enjoyment of people...

Orthodox Judaism: Pesach shaynee, pesach sheni, jewish radio
pesach sheni, jewish radio, iyar: Hi Dave, Pesach Sheni is in the Bible as well(See Numbers 9). Basically, anyone who was ritually impure or lived too far away to fulfill the Paschal sacrifice requirement on time, was given a second chance one month later on the 14th of Iyar. It is...

Orthodox Judaism: revenge!, oral tradition, eye for an eye
oral tradition, eye for an eye, financial compensation: Hi Peter, Carrying out revenge can be even when you make a decision to deny someone some benefit based on them wronging you. An eye for an eye is financial compensation for damage. Yes, a lot does get lost in the translation which requires a...

Orthodox Judaism: shoah, horrible crimes, world war ii
horrible crimes, world war ii, proper response: Hi Josh, Sorry for the delay in answering. As a nation we go on. We don t forget what has happened but we don t dwell on it to much either. The main thing is that we believe that nothing happens without the Will of G-d behind it. So we have to internalize...

Orthodox Judaism: shoah, world war ii, jewish response
world war ii, jewish response, state of israel: Dear Josh- I assume the primary focus of your question has to do with relations and attitudes vis a vis Germany. I think the most simplistic yet pragmatic answer to that question should be to look at the State of Israel for guidance. The State of...

Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, israel shahak, israeli rabbis
israel shahak, israeli rabbis, nairobi kenya: I think you once submitted a question to me regarding this Shahak fellow which I felt uncomfortable answering because of my lack of knowledge, if you read my bio, I research Torah study problems, specific text. Although I am confident that someone really...

Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, israel shahak, israeli rabbis
israel shahak, israeli rabbis, nairobi kenya: Dear AJ- Thank you for your inquiry! First of all, let me begin by stating that the writings of Israel Shahak are to be avoided. He is a person who had questionable character traits, at best . That being said: 1. Yes, there is a sale of...

Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, israel shahak, israeli rabbis
israel shahak, israeli rabbis, nairobi kenya: In fact you were looking for an argument. You asked about Shahak even though his book was covered in your class and you had an opportunity to (a) review if from a Jewish perspective, (b) review it in context, (c) ask your professor. The fact that you pursued...

Orthodox Judaism: The Talmud, israel shahak, israeli rabbis
israel shahak, israeli rabbis, nairobi kenya: Hi A.J. First up, I have to admit that I haven t read Shahak s book, so I can t comment on his allegations. But, I will try touch on the things that you ve mentioned in your question. 1. Sale of land in the Sabbatical year. The Torah dictates...

Orthodox Judaism: tah-thin..., tithe
tithe: Hi Josh, Strictly speaking, Jewish Biblical Law only requires tithing produce and livestock in the land of Israel, not your day to day earnings. There is a custom to tithe monetary earnings as well and it is widely practiced in Orthodox Judaism. This is...

Orthodox Judaism: tah-thin, rosh hashanah and yom kippur, worthy causes
rosh hashanah and yom kippur, worthy causes, rosh hashanah: Hi Josh, Since the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were scattered around the world, tithing became less of an apparent obligation. There isn t a set of rules by which one is to obide when giving charity. However, charity has always been a good...

Orthodox Judaism: ten percent, land of israel, charitable purposes
land of israel, charitable purposes, mitzvot: Dear Josh- Judaism encourages (but does not require outright) that everyone donate 10% of their income to charitable purposes. So too, in the Land of Israel, 10% of all produce is still separated even today. For further reading, take a look at the...

Orthodox Judaism: Yeshua, messianic judaism, jesus the messiah
messianic judaism, jesus the messiah, human natures: OK Erik. I think you have touched on one of the most significant reasons why Christianity has been so successful in converting many people into their folds. It is, of course, the feeling of love. Let me tell you how your faith, your own home, your religion...

Orthodox Judaism: Conceptual questions about God, conservative rabbi, studying the torah
conservative rabbi, studying the torah, conservative judaism: Hi Lemas I have to be honest and say that I know very little about what Conservative Judaism believes or would expect you to believe. What I do know is that Orthodox Judaism doesn t believe that you have to be Jewish to believe in G-d the way we do. ...

Orthodox Judaism: Efrain Tribe, rio grande valley, jewish faiths
rio grande valley, jewish faiths, spanish jews: Hi Nicolas The tribe of Efraim was a branch of the tribe of Joseph. You can find information here: http://tinyurl.com/48drdr. Please be aware, though, that the tribe of Ephraim were not the ones who guarded the Ark, so it seems that the story you were...

Orthodox Judaism: Gensis 1, talmudic sources, jewish bookstore
talmudic sources, jewish bookstore, jewish perspective: Hi Scott I think your best bet for getting a good compendium of Midrashic and Talmudic sources on Genesis 1 would be to first read the Midrash Says on Genesis and then the Me am Loez or Torah anthology (same book), volume 1. Another useful resource...

Orthodox Judaism: lot, titbit, meaning of the word
titbit, meaning of the word, hanlon: I m not sure of the exact meaning of the word, (I haven t found one in my research) but it would probably interest you to know that the word sod in Hebrew (the first half of the word Sodom ) means secret and dom in Hebrew (the second half of the word...

Orthodox Judaism: My place in the world, orthodox jewish family, doom and gloom
orthodox jewish family, doom and gloom, conservative rabbi: Hi Izzy. I am sorry for what you have gone through. I certainly don t know all the issues before the Bet Din in London, but surely there are countless thousands of Jews who couldn t produce their parents ketubot. My parents were married in the former...

Orthodox Judaism: Questions regarding Judaism, rosh hashanah and yom kippur, exodus from egypt
rosh hashanah and yom kippur, exodus from egypt, day of atonement: Hello Stephanie, thank you for your questions. Let me address them in the same order you posed them. 1. Important holidays are of course, New Year (Rosh HaShanah) which is basically an anniversary of when the world was created; Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement...

Orthodox Judaism: Swimming, jewish law, talmud
jewish law, talmud, good question: Martin, Good question. Yes, the Talmud does teach the parent s obligation to teach his or her children to swim. It actually comes from an unlikely area of the Talmud (which indicates both its spiritual and physical importance): According to the Talmud,...

Orthodox Judaism: yarmulkes, orthodox judaism, jewish customs
orthodox judaism, jewish customs, many blessings: In Orthodox Judaism, only the men wear a yarmulke, to remind them Who is watching them. The word yarmulke can be broken into two words - yarei me elokim which means fear of God . Women cover their hair (as opposed to just a superficial covering like a...

Orthodox Judaism: ahem...., fellow jew, orthodox judaism
fellow jew, orthodox judaism, false prophet: Dear Jacob, Hi. Thanks for your question. There is a special commandment in Judaism to love a convert, over and above the commandment to love your fellow Jew, since a convert is a very important and special person. However, Judaism is not a missionary...

Orthodox Judaism: Christianity, tribe of judah, male descendant
tribe of judah, male descendant, king of judah: Peter, the problem with Christianity is not in the conflict with the Proverbs - it s with its conflict with the Torah in general. The words attributed to Jesus throughout the Gospels negate the Torah teachings; what you pointed out (ie getting angry, etc.)...

Orthodox Judaism: Converting to Reform Judaism, reform judaism, orthodox judaism
reform judaism, orthodox judaism, south africans: Hi Bianca I must be honest, I have serious reservations about following the Reform conversion process. Orthodox Judaism has remained dedicated to the same principles for close to 3500 years. The Reform movement has changed the goal posts on many fundamental...

Orthodox Judaism: Crime and punishment assignment, crimes and punishments, monetary disputes
crimes and punishments, monetary disputes, marriage and divorce: Hi Josh, With the destruction of the Temple and the dismantling of the High Court capital punishment is no longer meted out in Jewish Law. Basically, in today s day and age, monetary disputes do come in front of the typical Jewish court or Beth Din and...

Orthodox Judaism: clothing..., jewish belief, books of moses
jewish belief, books of moses, law givers: Dear Peter- The 7 laws of Noah are not explicitly stated in the Torah/Old Testament. It is the Talmud which teaches and expands on this idea at great length. Noah, who was not a Jew, was still a holy person and communicated with God. We belive that God...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion...., orthodox judaism, false prophet
orthodox judaism, false prophet, noachide laws: Hi Jacob the Worm, I had German language teacher that used to call me a worm so we have something in common. The first thing I say to you is to take off your yellow star, it is an offence to the country you live in (even though it originated...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion...., righteous gentile, converting to judaism
righteous gentile, converting to judaism, orthodox judaism: Jacob, Converting to Judaism is long and difficult journey which requires a huge amount of study and commitment. Once converted there is no turning back. According to Jewish tradition a person can be considered a righteous gentile by following the Noahide...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion....!, conversion
conversion: Hi Jacob Before you go down the conversion course, please consider this: Judaism does not believe that every person should be Jewish. Actually, we don t believe that it s a good idea for just anybody to become Jewish. Jewish mysticism teaches that...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion....!, orthodox judaism, false prophet
orthodox judaism, false prophet, jewish faith: Dear Jacob- Judaism does not belive that one must be Jewish in order to find favor and salvation with God. Judaism is opposed to proselytizations or seeking converts. Judaism teaches that Gentiles who keep the seven primary precepts, referred to as the...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion...., orthodox judaism, false prophet
orthodox judaism, false prophet, horrible times: Hello Jacob, thank you for your email. I apologise for a late response as I was traveling a bit over the last week. Also, just so you know, I am not a rabbi - rather, a person with a particular experience and knowledge on the subject of Christian propaganda...

Orthodox Judaism: dont worry, me email is a joke., righteous gentile, orthodox judaism
righteous gentile, orthodox judaism, false prophet: I will assume the joke is limited to the first part and that your question at the end is a real one. 1. It is possible for a gentile to become Jewish although it only works if one accepts all the rules and that is a huge adjustment. Every aspect of life...

Orthodox Judaism: Christianity, righteousness, sacrifice
Orthodox Judaism: Christianity, righteousness, sacrifice, prophet paul

Orthodox Judaism: Converting to Reform Judaism, correct path, rabbi
Orthodox Judaism: Converting to Reform Judaism, correct path, rabbi, pretoria

Orthodox Judaism: Handshaking with a woman, some rabbis, business place
some rabbis, business place, hand shake: Orthodox Jewish men and women are not supposed to touch members of the opposite sex unless related to them closely. This includes a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, or grandchild. There are some rabbis that hold that it is ok to shake hands, for example,...

Orthodox Judaism: honour your mother and father, honour your mother and father, jewish children
honour your mother and father, jewish children, mother and father: The direct meaning of this command is to serve one s parents, not provide for them. If they ask for food, drink or help, one is obligated to comply under this command. One does not however have to spend his or her own money to accomodate them. This is...

Orthodox Judaism: Matrilineal Descent, jewish souls, jewish father
jewish souls, jewish father, jewish person: Hi Eli You can read up on the subject in the Shaar HaGilgulim (Gates of Reincarnation) by the famed Kabbalist, the Arizal. If you can source Rabbi Dovber Pinson s book Judaism and Reincarnation I understand that he quotes the relevant section in...

Orthodox Judaism: I'm very embarrassed, biblical perspective, name of god
biblical perspective, name of god, foul language: Dear Chris- From the Biblical perspective, swearing , refers to making an oath in the name of God and then not fulfilling the oath. Using foul language, although referred to as swearing , is in fact, not swearing. It is simply inappropriate speech....

Orthodox Judaism: Nidda, fertility days, physical closeness
fertility days, physical closeness, childbearing years: Well, I m glad that I sent that second answer, so that I could re-send the first one. You are right, relations do resume at the peak of fertility. But not for the reason of making the woman pregnant - as I showed in the answer you got. I will cut and paste...

Orthodox Judaism: Rabbi, covert Rabbi
covert Rabbi: Dear Michael, Provided that they are both sincere and the conversion was a kosher one, then yes, a convert can definitely become a Rabbi. In fact, there are many famous converts throughout Jewish history that indeed became Rabbis. The most famous perhaps...

Orthodox Judaism: Sabbath Commandment Ex 20 vs Darwin, sabbath commandment, orthodox rabbis
sabbath commandment, orthodox rabbis, orthodox rabbi: Hi Bob, he assured me that the Orthodox Jews promote Darwinism as fact. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ohr.edu is a web-site put out by a yeshiva (Torah academy) that I studied at & I know as fact that this is not true. There are many...

Orthodox Judaism: Seed, blood relatives, dumb question
blood relatives, dumb question, jewish law: Dear Ynori, Thank you for your excellent question. According to Orthodox Jewish law, a man and woman are not allowed to touch each other in any way unless they are blood relatives. For example, a woman may only touch her grandfather, father, husband,...

Orthodox Judaism: sabbath, continual prayer, prayer and worship
continual prayer, prayer and worship, adam and eve: Dear Brian- Wow! Your question is, well, a massive one! Keep in mind that the Sabbath came way after the era of Adam and Eve. So too, the Sabbath was given only to Jews, not to the Gentiles. The first Jew was Avraham -- many years after Adam and Eve...

Orthodox Judaism: Tallit, shabbat shalom, torah laws
shabbat shalom, torah laws, synogogue: Hi Delores, It is forbidden to carry things in the public domain on Shabbat. The Rabbis enacted that we don t blow the shofar on Shabbat, just in case someone forgets and carries it to expert to blow it for him. Yes, women following Torah...

Orthodox Judaism: Torah, messianic prophecy, isaiah 53
messianic prophecy, isaiah 53, uninterrupted chain: Hi, The gender is in the masculine because it refers to my servant , ie. Israel. Rashi (a commentary, based on Talmud and Midrash) does not render it as referring to the Messiah. It is talking about Israel being slaughtered like sheep, sent to the grave...

Orthodox Judaism: Animal cruelty, animal sacrifices, slaughtering process
animal sacrifices, slaughtering process, spiritual exercise: Hi Nain Judaism is strongly opposed to animal cruelty. But, this does not mean that we are not allowed to kill animals, provided we do it a) in the most pain-free way possible and b) we kill the animal for a meaningful purpose. Judaism, therefore, allows...

Orthodox Judaism: Coup de gras, coup de gras, horrific death
coup de gras, horrific death, thanks for your patience: Hi Ovadiah, I m sorry about the tardiness of my reply. I m still on vacation so I ll need even more time to answer. One quick thought though, Although a person may be exempt from the death penalty should he kill a condemned criminal on the way to the gallows,...

Orthodox Judaism: "The cause of the fatherless and the case of the widow", biblical references, widows
biblical references, widows, orphans: Hi Peter There are quite a few Biblical references to the fact that G-d looks out for orphans and widows. The Bible even warns us against mistreating orphans and widows, because G-d will take up their cause and come down hard on people who don t show...

Orthodox Judaism: deuteronomy 32:8, tower of babel, land of israel
tower of babel, land of israel, smidgen: It refers to the days of the tower of Babel when mankind sinned and deserved to be destroyed but G-d preserved them in order to allow a pure seed to develop. G-d therefore commuted their sentence to division into seventy nations and languages. The inheritance...

Orthodox Judaism: Essenes, conventional judaism, saducees
conventional judaism, saducees, kohanim: Hi Don The Essenes were a small sect of radical Jews, living around the end of the Second Temple era. They broke away from conventional Judaism and did not accept many of the traditions that had been around for over 1000 years. The Essenes branched from...

Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah prophecies, prophecy, jesus
Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah prophecies, prophecy, jesus, isaiah scroll

Orthodox Judaism: Regarding laws in exodus., biblical hebrew, blaspheming
Orthodox Judaism: Regarding laws in exodus., biblical hebrew, blaspheming, leviticus

Orthodox Judaism: the Genesis account taken as a metaphore, death of innocence, genesis account
death of innocence, genesis account, orthodox jew: Hello Josh, sorry it s taken me a long time to respond as I was traveling overseas. While the rest of the Torah may be used metaphorically as well as literally, Genesis 1-3, our sages tell us, is not a metaphore. I am not quite sure how death is a metaphore...

Orthodox Judaism: Just God, question god, jealous god
question god, jealous god, lord thy god: Nain - Great question!! God does not punish children for the sins of their fathers, nor does He punish anyone for the sins of anyone else for that matter. This is explicitly stated in Deuteronomy 24:16. The source you cite refers to generations and...

Orthodox Judaism: Heaven, emotion and intellect, beliefs of judaism
emotion and intellect, beliefs of judaism, first law of thermodynamics: Hi Jason, good question. One of the fundamental beliefs of Judaism is that life does not begin with birth nor end with death. This is articulated in the verse in Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns...

Orthodox Judaism: Hebrew custom, male organ, jewish man
male organ, jewish man, naysayers: The meaning is the male organ. (The following are thoughts of my own or perhaps from studies I did a long time ago, cant remember:) Because the circumcision was a very great and special commandment that Abraham fulfilled, he waited for it until he was 99...

Orthodox Judaism: About Hell, righteous gentile, spiritual existence
righteous gentile, spiritual existence, real criminals: Hi Nain Firstly, the term Hell is not really a Jewish term. We use the expression Gehinnom , which probably translates best as purgatory. That means that the Gehinnom experience is a benefit to the soul (cleansing it of sin so that it can ascend to...

Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah prophecies, isaiah prophecies, lamb to the slaughter
isaiah prophecies, lamb to the slaughter, true chapter: Hello Nick, sorry it s taken me a long time to respond; I was traveling overseas and didn t have email access. I give full credit for the following to Rabbi Tovia Singer. Despite strong objections from conservative Christian apologists, the prevailing...

Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah prophecies, isaiah prophecies, lamb to the slaughter
isaiah prophecies, lamb to the slaughter, true chapter: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/15940/showrashi/true/jewish/Chapter-9.htm If you can get a hold of this following book with english translation you will see several Rabinical authorities from the middle ages (of which Rashi is one of) agreeing...

Orthodox Judaism: Lesbians, gay male relationships, five books of moses
gay male relationships, five books of moses, oral torah: I am so sorry I did not get back to you until now. I am away from home, so my schedule on the computer is not constant. You are correct - there is no verse in the Torah that prohibits Lesbianism as explicitly as the one prohibiting gay male relationships....

Orthodox Judaism: Musical instruments, moses david, tabernacle
moses david, tabernacle, torah: The Leviites played instruments by command of G-d to Moses. The Temple was not built until after David s death, but they played in the Tabernacle from the very beginning of the services there in the desert. Torah does not evolve and service to G-d in the...

Orthodox Judaism: two questions!, avenger of blood, would like further information
avenger of blood, would like further information, children of israel: Hi Peter I hope that I ve understood your reference correctly. The avenger of blood means any family member of a murder victim, who would then feel that he/ she wants to kill the perpetrator to avenge the relative s death. Testing G-d means to...

Orthodox Judaism: Regarding laws in exodus., capital crimes, book of exodus
capital crimes, book of exodus, vulgar language: Dear Nain- Slavery was quite common in biblical times and in fact, it was none other than the bible to first legislate a code of conduct for both slaves and their masters. The reality was that a slave is actually the property of the master. It sounds...

Orthodox Judaism: About resurrection, divine inspirations, divine revelation
divine inspirations, divine revelation, messianic age: Hi Nain Thank you for this question, it allows me to clarify. When I spoke about resurrection, I meant at the time of the Messianic Age. People who may have lived previously and are alive today have been through reincarnation, which is different to...

Orthodox Judaism: Sabbath Commandment Ex 20 vs Darwin, sabbath commandment, orthodox rabbis
sabbath commandment, orthodox rabbis, orthodox rabbi: Hi Bob, he assured me that the Orthodox Jews promote Darwinism as fact. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ohr.edu is a web-site put out by a yeshiva (Torah academy) that I studied at & I know as fact that this is not true. There are many...

Orthodox Judaism: Time - Counting of Days, new testament books, dumas tx
new testament books, dumas tx, jewish rabbi: Hi David The Talmud commonly uses the phrase Part of the day constitutes a day . This has practical application in certain areas of Jewish law (like the 7-day mourning period that Jews observe). Accordingly, an expression like 40 days and 40 nights...

Orthodox Judaism: taking the name in vain, revere god, torah states
revere god, torah states, orthodox jews: Hi Peter, Just as we revere God Himself, so must we show the greatest respect for His name, as the Torah states, [You must] fear this glorious, awesome Name of God your Lord (Deut. 28:58). Therefore no matter in which language it presents itself, Orthodox...

Orthodox Judaism: Why a widowed young mother, gan eden, time of pain
gan eden, time of pain, deep heart: Dear Stuart, I m sorry I took so long to answer this question. I was not home for the weekend. I am so sorry for you friend s pain, and the pain of his family. This is an age-old question. People asked it during the Holocaust, too. We know that whatever...

Orthodox Judaism: Abraham/Sabbath, jacob abraham, son ishmael
jacob abraham, son ishmael, father abraham: Dear Ovadiah- 1. The Jewish people began with Abraham even though they were not yet called Yisrael until Jacob s time. Abraham was the first Jew, meaning, he was the first person in his society to recognize that the world has a creator and that it is...

Orthodox Judaism: More on Animal cruelty., animal sacrifices, god orders
animal sacrifices, god orders, spiritual exercise: Dear Nain If you consider the way that ecosystems work, you will see an interesting cycle. Soil gives life to plants, which feed animals, which feed humans. Eventually, humans die and decompose, becoming soil again. Philosophically, this means that each...

Orthodox Judaism: boys and girls..., jewish sexual ethics, orthodox judaism
jewish sexual ethics, orthodox judaism, first girlfriend: Dear John, Why is promiscuity considered wrong? The simple answer is because it IS wrong. One of the ten commandments is Thou shalt not commit adultery and another one is Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor s wife . Then, in various other places in...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel & Ezekiel, ezekiel 37, orthodox judaism
ezekiel 37, orthodox judaism, everlasting covenant: Hi Christie, Ezekiel is referring to the ultimate redemption that is yet to come. Daniel s prophecy is actually referring to his own time and how the next 500 years or so from when he lived will be broken down. I don t see any contradiction between the...

Orthodox Judaism: Deuteronomy 11, military conscription, egypt experience
military conscription, egypt experience, leaving egypt: Hi Ovadiah Good question! The people who died before entering the Promised Land were the those who had been between ages of 20 and 60 (military conscription age) at the time of the Twelve Spies. This is why they wandered in the desert for 40 years, to...

Orthodox Judaism: Deuteronomy 34:10, miraculous signs, holy scripture
miraculous signs, holy scripture, exact sentence: I can t take the books out this very moment but from memory I can say the translation sounds right. However, I couldn t disagree with you more about the Nazarene, he was no prophet, by the time he was born prophecy had been abolished from the world. Moses...

Orthodox Judaism: Abraham/Sabbath, ishmaelites, children of israel
Orthodox Judaism: Abraham/Sabbath, ishmaelites, children of israel, abraham

Orthodox Judaism: Deuteronomy 34:10, mortal man, prophet
Orthodox Judaism: Deuteronomy 34:10, mortal man, prophet, christians

Orthodox Judaism: Is my nephew Jewish?, artificial insemination, sperm donors
Orthodox Judaism: Is my nephew Jewish?, artificial insemination, sperm donors, viable seed

Orthodox Judaism: number 19, god, love
Orthodox Judaism: number 19, god, love

Orthodox Judaism: the fear of God, fear of god, mt sinai
fear of god, mt sinai, mount sinai: Hi Peter, There are two levels of fear of G-d. The first is fear of punishment and the second is being in awe of G-d even if one is perfectly righteous. At Mount Sinai, where, due to the fire and the frightening sounds, the Jewish People were afraid...

Orthodox Judaism: Hell, orthodox judaism, straight to heaven
orthodox judaism, straight to heaven, existence of hell: Dear Peter, Here’s the second installment: I read my first answer back and see that my wording wasn’t very good. What I said was, “We do not believe in eternal Hell, nor do we believe in Hell as a sure thing.” What I meant was that we do not believe in ETERNAL...

Orthodox Judaism: Idolatry, soldiers, saluting
soldiers, saluting, idolatry: Shalom Steven To answer this question you need to look at what idolatry is. Essentially, it is a combination of the first two of the Aseret Hadibrot (Ten Utterances- commonly called the Ten Commandments). What do we see there: 1) That we have to worship...

Orthodox Judaism: Life on other planets, intelligent life in the universe, lubavitcher rebbe
intelligent life in the universe, lubavitcher rebbe, nasa project: Hi Yossi There clearly isn t much written about ET and friends in the Torah. After the famous story of Devorah and Barak s victory over Sisera (Shoftim 5:23), Devorah sings praise to Hashem for this miracle. She refers to the people of Maroz , saying...

Orthodox Judaism: Next lIfe, jews and gentiles, gentile world
jews and gentiles, gentile world, noachide laws: Hi Murel, The will of G-d is Jewish law (Torah)as it has been transmitted from Mount Sinai. Within this system of law are what are known as the 7 Noachide laws which is the will of G-d for the gentile world. The 7 Noachide laws include not...

Orthodox Judaism: Is my nephew Jewish?, maternal lineage, secular jew
maternal lineage, secular jew, jewish ancestry: Hi Lisa, A person s legal Jewish status is determined solely through his/her maternal lineage. Meaning an individual s mother must be Jewish as well as the mother s mother as well as HER mother and so on. This is the only requirement necessary to be considered...

Orthodox Judaism: number 19, gates of hell, hebrew letters
gates of hell, hebrew letters, hebrew word: Hi Nain Every number in Judaism has significance, because the Hebrew letters all have numerical values and, so, every number translates into a word. 18 is considered a special number, as it represents Chai , the Hebrew word for life. The Jewish calendar...

Orthodox Judaism: "Other gods that you have not known", demigods, parshah
demigods, parshah, deities: Hi Ovadiah Shana Tovah! Please remember that the Torah s directive is aimed at US. The fact that other nations believe in and worship other deities, and live a blessed and successful life because of it, doesn t detract from the fact that we have no...

Orthodox Judaism: Other religions, belief that race accounts, muslim population
belief that race accounts, muslim population, definition of racism: I am not a Rabbi. Here is Answers.com s definition of racism: 1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race. When you...

Orthodox Judaism: a question on the Torah, creation scientist, earth and the universe
creation scientist, earth and the universe, baptist preacher: I don t look at him as an impostor, certainly not a false god. Simply because I never heard that he claimed to be any of the things the church ascribes to him. I once asked a baptist preacher what makes him think the Nazarene was a deity and he answered...

Orthodox Judaism: from 5/28/09, messianic judaism, creation narrative
messianic judaism, creation narrative, jews for jesus: Hi Rick, sorry it took a while - I posted an answer but the site told me it disappeared in cyberspace. Let me try again. When the Torah tells us that G-d rested on the seventh day, it uses specific language that refers to work as creative work only. That...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion and non-Jewish family, reform jew, christian mother
reform jew, christian mother, forms of christianity: Hi Nicky, Firstly not all forms of Christianity are idolatry ie the Protestant branch. Secondly if there is no risk of missionising, which is your situation, then it is perfectly all right to maintain a healthy relationship with her.I hope this...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion and non-jewish family, abraham and sarah, hebrew school
abraham and sarah, hebrew school, christian mother: Dear Nicky- You are perfectly permitted and entitled to interact with your non-Jewish family as a family member. Your fiancee must understand this -- it is a part of you , of who he is marrying. I am sure that as he continues to see your commitment...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion and non-jewish family, maimonedes, abraham and sarah
maimonedes, abraham and sarah, hebrew school: Hi Nicky, I am sure you have heard that as a convert, you are actually considered new entities and technically lose all former familial relationships. According to this principle it would appear that a convert to Judaism would not be obligated to fulfill...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion and non-jewish family, abraham and sarah, hebrew school
abraham and sarah, hebrew school, proper decision: Hi Nicky, First a disclaimer : these questions should be directed to a real live Rav who knows everyone involved and can make a proper decision for you. However, here are the guidelines for this problem:- Where there is no reason to suspect missionizing...

Orthodox Judaism: General Inquiry, passages, jews
Orthodox Judaism: General Inquiry, passages, jews, borders

Orthodox Judaism: just found out I am Jewish, islam and christianity, german jews
islam and christianity, german jews, great grandmother: Naouel, I do apologize for the delay in responding. First of all, welcome back, my friend! Discovering ones Jewish roots can be shocking but it behooves you to learn more about yourself and the responsibilities that come with your rich heritage. I...

Orthodox Judaism: Gehenna, 11 months of cleansing, etc, christian hell, concept hope
christian hell, concept hope, coworker: Dear Steven- The eleven month cleansing takes place in the Next World. It is completely immaterial try to locate or identify it -- as even such a concept is way beyond us. The Christian Hell is a place of permanent punishment and suffering. Except...

Orthodox Judaism: General Inquiry, speck of dust, tiny speck
speck of dust, tiny speck, theshold: Dear Candid I have no idea WHY G-d would choose one specific group as His chosen people, so I can t answer that. But, I do believe that He did it- He chose the Jewish People. To me, that doesn t make us better than anyone else, it gives us more...

Orthodox Judaism: More on Is God Cruel, torah sages, torah verses
torah sages, torah verses, bedrock foundation: Hi Nain As always, Torah verses need to be understood in context. In this case, there is a twofold context to consider: 1) When and how these verses are to be applied and 2) How to decide what is cruel or not when it comes to spiritual affairs (this is...

Orthodox Judaism: Halacha's on a convert, orthodox judaism, halacha
orthodox judaism, halacha, jewish nation: Alexandra, The question is not whether or not a convert can marry someone with whom he/she had a prior relationship. The sincerity of the convert is brought into question when there is an ongoing relationship. Is the real underlying cause of conversion...

Orthodox Judaism: Halacha on converts, orthodox judaism, halacha
orthodox judaism, halacha, converts: Hi Alexandra, I assume you mean the person the convert met is Jewish? I never heard of a halacha that a relationship before or during conversion precludes marriage. However, there is a halacha of not accepting converts who are in a relationship with a...

Orthodox Judaism: halacha's on a convert, shabbat shalom, orthodox jew
shabbat shalom, orthodox jew, orthodox judaism: Not that I am aware of specifically. However, an Orthodox Jew is not permitted to marry a Gentile (or another Jew who is not Orthodox), so unless they converted to Orthodoxy as well then the two could not marry for that reason. Certain individuals (ie Kohanim)...

Orthodox Judaism: Instruction of the faith, classical jewish texts, internet range
classical jewish texts, internet range, collaborative ministry: Hi Sybil There is definitely precedent of communities working together to teach children, right through Jewish history. Besides the many stories of communities banding together to bring in teachers, there s a beautiful story in the Talmud. One of the...

Orthodox Judaism: In Isaiah..., hebrew word, chapter and verse
hebrew word, chapter and verse, ruler: The Hebrew word moshel does not mean oppressor but ruler. It refers to the Messiah who will redeem Israel, not oppress it. The verse also has the word(s) onto Me indicating that the ruler will do G-d s Will which again indicates it is a good thing...

Orthodox Judaism: in Israel..., visibility conditions, constellation of stars
visibility conditions, constellation of stars, sky one: As with anywhere in the world, the night sky depends on ambient light and visibility conditions. In the modern city of Jerusalem, as in most cities, the amount of light in the city prevents you from seeing much in the way of the night sky. One would imagine...

Orthodox Judaism: Jesus, why accept Jesus?
why accept Jesus?: John, Thank you for your kind question. I might ask you the converse: Since Jesus did not fulfill any of the messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures, why do you accept him as messiah? Even the founder of your faith, Paul, did not do so until he had...

Orthodox Judaism: judaism, valley of the dry bones, google search
valley of the dry bones, google search, prophetic message: Hi Sharon Thank you for your questions. 1. We believe that G-d is infinite and beyond any description. The first statement of the Ten Commandments is that G-d is the one who took us out of Egypt. The second commandment is not to have any other gods....

Orthodox Judaism: leviticus..., calling the spirits, calling spirits
calling the spirits, calling spirits, spiritists: It s obvious that the seeking out refers to the performing of the calling the spirits. If such a spiritst owes you money and you seek him out to pay you back, you are not committing this sin at all. What verse in Leviticus are you referring to (chapter...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah prophecies, cart before the horse, messianic prophecy
cart before the horse, messianic prophecy: John: Respectfully, that makes no sense whatsoever. It would be like calling Obama Mister President and allowing him to run the country when he was 15 years old. There are requirements for messiahship and you can t crown someone messiah before they meet...

Orthodox Judaism: What makes me Jewish?, orthodox rabbi, rabbinical court
orthodox rabbi, rabbinical court, biological father: Hi Cee Cee, This is very straight forward. Your mother did not have to have been born Jewish for you to be Jewish, however she did have to have been converted by an Orthodox Rabbinical Court before you were born. This needs to be found out, don...

Orthodox Judaism: orthodox vs. conservative or reforn funerals, jewish funeral, funeral services
jewish funeral, funeral services, funerals: Amy, I cannot answer any questions regarding the non-orthodox. Orthodox funerals basically consist of the eulogy part which can take anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour and a half depending on the deceased. Then they take the coffin to the cemetery...

Orthodox Judaism: Questions regarding some of your previous responses, tractate sanhedrin, babylonian talmud
tractate sanhedrin, babylonian talmud, hebrew bible: Hello Raymond, first of all, in all of your statements there are hardly any questions. You re picking this place as a forum to debate the undebatable - but I will indulge briefly only for the sake of ensuring the audience I seek (Jewish people in need of...

Orthodox Judaism: Is 53, rabbi tovia singer, jew hatred
rabbi tovia singer, jew hatred, hebrew scriptures: Hello, I will quote Rabbi Tovia Singer for the answer to this question that leaves no doubt as to the interpretation of Isaiah 53. I couldn t have said it better in a million years: According to this widespread rabbinic opinion, Isaiah 53 contains a...

Orthodox Judaism: aliyah, orthodox shuls, orthodox rabbi
orthodox shuls, orthodox rabbi, state of israel: Hi Marilyn, If you are married to a Jewish man, I don t think the State of Israel cares about anything else. As far as your conversion goes, any future children will not be able to get married within Israel by an Orthodox Rabbi. The same would...

Orthodox Judaism: Creation
Hi Geraldine, What you read in the beginning of Genesis is the true account of creation. Evolution runs contrary to our beliefs. We take the account of creation literally, but of course the original Hebrew language with all of it s subtleties...

Orthodox Judaism: Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Isaiah, major prophets, ezekiel
major prophets, ezekiel, isaiah: Hi Christian The Talmud (Yebamoth 49b) relates that Isaiah was killed by King Menasseh, who accused him of contradicting Moses teachings. Isaiah hid inside the trunk of a cedar tree, which Menasseh cut down, killing the prophet. I must admit that I...

Orthodox Judaism: esplain salvation, rabbi tovia singer, salvation in the old testament
rabbi tovia singer, salvation in the old testament, repentance prayer: Hi Frank, Your Christian friend is utterly wrong. These statements you ve quoted do not have foundation in the Jewish scriptures, and are completely unfounded. On the contrary, the Jewish Bible says on many occasions that repentance, prayer, and charity...

Orthodox Judaism: Follow-up questions, song of moses, 12 tribes
song of moses, 12 tribes, ark of the covenant: Hi Rich, I think your first question is about Prophets and Writings - from Joshua, Judges, etc. all the way to Malachi. Right? According to the Talmud, much of the contents of the Tanakh were compiled by the Men of the Great Assembly by 450 BCE, and...

Orthodox Judaism: Funeral services, heartfelt condolences, earth 2
heartfelt condolences, earth 2, yerushalayim: Hello, First let me express my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I need some clarification. 1) At the first ceremony, was the hole filled with earth? 2) What exactly did the second ceremony consist of? May Hashem console you amongst the other...

Orthodox Judaism: Genesis, genesis chapter 6, abraham isaac
genesis chapter 6, abraham isaac, great flood: Dear Shebah The Bible is telling us that the average person would live to a maximum of 120 years from after the Great Flood. However, there are certain exceptions: 1) Noah was over 120 before human life-spans were shortened, so he is excluded from this...

Orthodox Judaism: hair covering, orthodox jewish women, family purity
orthodox jewish women, family purity, orthodox rabbi: Dear Chana, I m sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. I wanted to think about it before answering. I don t think there is any loophole for not covering one s hair after marriage. I can t answer for modern orthodox Jewish women, since I...

Orthodox Judaism: Inter-marriage, jewish rabbi, kahlil gibran
jewish rabbi, kahlil gibran, orthodox judaism: Dear Ricky, I sympathize with the painful decisions you are facing. I would recommend that you go and speak to an orthodox Jewish rabbi in your area to determine how possible it would be for you to fulfill all the requirements of conversion and Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: Inter marrriage, orthodox rabbi, orthodox judaism
orthodox rabbi, orthodox judaism, jewish customs: Ricky, wow you are stuck between a rock and a hard place! I am very impressed with your quest to do what is right in this incredibly rough situation. This question is out of my realm of expertise. You would have to ask an Orthodox Rabbi for an answer. Good...

Orthodox Judaism: Intermarriage, orthodox judaism, jewish customs
orthodox judaism, jewish customs, spiritual partner: Hi Ricky You re in a very tricky situation and can expect that one of you- or likely both of you- will get hurt. Intermarriage is one of the most serious issues in Judaism, even when the women is Jewish (and the children will be Jewish). The South African...

Orthodox Judaism: intermarriage, 613 laws, full intention
613 laws, full intention, jewish traditions: Hi Ricky I can see that you are grappling with this issue, which is quite common for a person in your situation. You are definitely correct about the Noahide Code is the moral system for all people to follow and that anyone who keeps these laws has...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish view of non jews, heavan and hell, great flood
heavan and hell, great flood, distinctive sign: Hi Mariam, You re right. The purification, or gehinom, applies to people who still have goodness in them - their souls need to be purified to have the evil extracted from it. Pure evil will not merit gehinom, and those (very few, a handful probably) are...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish view of non jews, jewish view, religion and state
jewish view, religion and state, state of israel: Hi Mariam, the Jewish view of non-Jews is like this. G-d created Jews and non-Jews for distinct and different purpose. Nobody is better or worse; we re just different, and we do the best we can to live in harmony with our neighbors. This is seen quite clearly...

Orthodox Judaism: Lineage, sukkoth, lineage
sukkoth, lineage, inheritance: Hi Ed, Sorry I couldn t answer you sooner; it is the holiday of Sukkoth, hence I was off the computer for two days. Regarding your question, anything having to do in religion we access the lineage through the father (aliyot, inheritance). To ascertain religion...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah, messianic judaism
messianic judaism: All Jews, orthodox, conservative and Reform believe in the future arrival of the Mashiach and the coming Messianic. age. it is one of the thirteen attributes of faith listed by Rambam and recited in mist synagogues every Friday night in the form of the song...

Orthodox Judaism: my mind is so mix up, new testiment, russian jews
new testiment, russian jews, burning in hell: Hi Frank. I think the best thing for you to do is to find a right teacher. I recommend you find a synagogue and start attending; just go to services a few times and see if you can be relaxed in that atmosphere. Make an appointment with a Rabbi and explain...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Christianity, orthodox christianity, orthodox judaism
orthodox christianity, orthodox judaism, early christianity: Hello Jacob, I have lived for a long time among a nation that widely observes Orthodox Christianity, and I must point out that there are essentially no similarities between it and Judaism. At its core, Christian religion of any denomination worships a dead...

Orthodox Judaism: Shalom, prince of peace, jewish perspective
prince of peace, jewish perspective, christian bible: Hi David, Can you please provide references in scriptures (chapter and verse) and I will be happy to address. The reason is that I am not sure if these two things are dependent upon translation or are they actual differences in the way the original Hebrew...

Orthodox Judaism: shoes or sandals, night critters, psalm 119
night critters, psalm 119, old testament: Dear Rhoda, There is no reference to having lamps attached to shoes from that Psalm. This is the actual translation of the verse. King David is asking, Your words (God) should be for me like a light (is) to my feet;like a light (is) to my path. Hope this...

Orthodox Judaism: top two current concerns facing Judaism, threat of radical islam, world religions
threat of radical islam, world religions, physical threat: Hi Angela I think the top two concerns facing the Jewish world today are: 1) The spiritual threat of Jewish apathy (Jews disniterested in their own religious identity) and 2) The physical threat of radical Islam s anti-Semitism. If you need further information,...

Orthodox Judaism: Umbrella, orthodox jews, shabbath
orthodox jews, shabbath, umbrellas: Dear Ed, Carrying an umbrella on Shabbath is forbidden because it falls under one of the categories of work that is not allowed on Shabbath. There is no custom forbidding one to cover one s body. I do know that my mother never allowed us to open an...

Orthodox Judaism: Wooden Huts, wooden huts, fur hats
wooden huts, fur hats, shiny coats: Dear Mary, I ll answer your last question first. There is one orthodox Jewish religion, however there are many different sects. The fur hats (called a streimel) and shiny coats(bekeshe) are worn by the hasidic sect of Orthodox Jewish people. There is a large...

Orthodox Judaism: Yiddish Translation, yiddish translation, yiddish letters
yiddish translation, yiddish letters, orthodox community: Dear Herb, That is so interesting! Since I don t know where you re from, I wouldn t know to whom to direct you specifically. My family speaks Yiddish, and if you would want to scan the letters and email me a copy I would be happy to help, if I can. Or,...

Orthodox Judaism: 6 and 7 branch menorah, ome time, note verse
ome time, note verse, knops: Hi Linda, because the Torah describes the menorah construction in detail, we know exactly what it should look like - and changing the Torah command in any way - even to commemorate anything, as a sign of mourning, etc. - is strictly forbidden. So - the menorah...

Orthodox Judaism: Ashkenazi, ashkenazi jews, forerunner
ashkenazi jews, forerunner, wikipedia: Hi Christina! Thank you for your question. This is not my area of expertise, but there is no connection between Shem and Ashkenazi Jews in particular. Shem was the forerunner of all Jews. For more on Ashkenazim, please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkenazi_Jews...

Orthodox Judaism: adoption, shabbat dinner, orthodox rabbi
shabbat dinner, orthodox rabbi, jewish environment: Hello Ellen, There is nothing in the Jewish tradition that prevents a Catholic from attending Sabbath and holiday meals, nor is there any problem of them attending Synagogue. If I had to guess, the father is probably embarassed about his relationship with...

Orthodox Judaism: afterlife
Hi Marc, Yes we believe in Heaven and Hell. Completely righteous individuals go to Heaven straight away. Others will go to Hell first for a cleaning up and then enter Heaven. Eternal Hell is only for completely wicked people. Jews believe that any...

Orthodox Judaism: afterlife and belief, heaven heaven, answer change
heaven heaven, answer change, judiasm: Marc, I will answer your last question first. We still believe as we did since the beginning, that our souls go to Heaven. Heaven is for the righteous people who obey Gods laws which as stated in the Torah, and Hell is for cleansing the souls that disobeyed...

Orthodox Judaism: atheism, reform judaism today, orthodox synagogue
reform judaism today, orthodox synagogue, anti semites: Shalom Dan The phenomenon of the atheist Jew is an outgrowth of the haskalah (enlightment) that led to the formation of Reform Judaism in the 19th century. Reform Judaism today is actually more conservative than when it first started. Early Reform...

Orthodox Judaism: atheism, holocaust survivors, orthodox synagogue
holocaust survivors, orthodox synagogue, observant jew: Hi Dan, I am not a Rabbi - just a regular person. It is a difficult question you re asking, and I can sense the pain in it. I actually met someone like this long ago - this professor in my college was a child of Holocaust survivors. He was very observant,...

Orthodox Judaism: atheism
Dear Dan- Thank you for your question. And to cut to the chase -- your son did the right thing to break it off. The Jews are both a nation and a religion in one. A Jew who sins is still a Jew. In the case of this particular girl, if her mother is Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: Bible Storie, point of conflict, divinity
point of conflict, divinity, torah: Hi Josh, If one believes that the Torah is from G-d then you have to believe that the stories are true. G-d is not, heaven forfend, a liar, so why would He mislead us into thinking that they are true. If the people that ask you, do not believe in the...

Orthodox Judaism: belief, Heaven, Hell
Heaven, Hell, Gehinnom: Hi Marc I find it strange (although it is common) that important topics such as this are not dealt with at Hebrew school, they really should be. Here is an article I recently wrote on the topic that I hope you will find helpful. You can also read more...

Orthodox Judaism: belief, hebrew school, answer change
hebrew school, answer change, judiasm: Hi Marc! Judaism certainly believes in an afterlife. We don t truly have a Heaven or Hell - just Olam Haba - The Next World . We believe that a person receives an afterlife commensurate with his deeds in this world. The more mitzvot -- the better time...

Orthodox Judaism: belief, branches of judaism, hebrew school
branches of judaism, hebrew school, answer change: Dear Marc, Thank you for your question. Yes, Jews believe in Heaven. People who follow the commandments of God go there. And yes, we do believe in Hell, and people who transgress the commandments go there. Even if someone had to go to Hell to be cleansed...

Orthodox Judaism: Day of Atonement, blood atonement, day of atonement
blood atonement, day of atonement, female goat: Hi David, You re correct. The mashiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The mashiach is often referred to as mashiach ben David (mashiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its...

Orthodox Judaism: on discharges and acne.., orthodox synagogue, ritual purity
orthodox synagogue, ritual purity, teenage acne: Peter, Thanks for your kind question. The discharges generally spoken about in the Torah come from the private areas not the face, so no they do not. These rules, in general only deal with ritual purity which is required to go up to the Temple. As such, they...

Orthodox Judaism: Famine and Jewish Law, jewish laws, jewish law
jewish laws, jewish law, tractate: Branton- Your question is a good one!! In fact much of the Talmudic tractate of Taanit deals with Jewish laws and customs in the time of famine and drought. For the most part these customs are not followed today. However, some individuals have...

Orthodox Judaism: Milk and Meat, mix meat, dietary laws
Orthodox Judaism: Milk and Meat, mix meat, dietary laws, first commandment

Orthodox Judaism: segments of Torah scrolls, good luck charms, torah scrolls
Orthodox Judaism: segments of Torah scrolls, good luck charms, torah scrolls, megillot

Orthodox Judaism: Intermarriage, jewish rabbi, kahlil gibran
jewish rabbi, kahlil gibran, painful decisions: Dear Ricky, I sympathize with the painful decisions you are facing. To quote Kahlil Gibran, If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don t, they never were. If you marry her now, with your currently...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish Ancestry
Hi Richard, Katz is a very Jewish surname, usually indicating a family from the priestly line, similar to the surname Cohen. However, to be considered Jewish yourself it is critical to trace your mother s family, as Jewish ancestry follows the...

Orthodox Judaism: killing the pursuer, rabbi bleich, contemporary halakhic problems
rabbi bleich, contemporary halakhic problems, oral torah: Hi Joel I don t think you will find any clear verse that describes a fetus threatening the mother s life and/ or the law around it. The discussion of aborting a pregnancy to save a mother s life is brought in the Oral Torah and is based on the principle...

Orthodox Judaism: Mashiach, 1492, haste
1492, haste, isaiah: The entire chapter is an extended metaphor as I stated previously- starting in v13 of Chapter 12. It uses the metaphor of a servant for the nation- but because it is a metaphor and the imagery is of a single individual, the language is in the singular and...

Orthodox Judaism: Milk and Meat, torah law, wife states
torah law, wife states, validity of the law: Hi David, It is very noble of you to try to keep G-d s Law. By Torah Law however, as a non-Jew, you are not obligated to keep this law of not mixing milk with meat. In addition, to keep the Torah is not to question the reason for the laws but rather to...

Orthodox Judaism: Moshiach, rambam, jewish men
rambam, jewish men, sages: Hi John, I am not immediately aware of any discussions of Rambam or other sages regarding the family of the Moshiach. However, it is typical that Orthodox Jewish men marry and have children fairly young, so it is very likely that the Moshiach will be a man...

Orthodox Judaism: Stories of the Bible, vilna gaon, torah and science
vilna gaon, torah and science, literal truth: Its not easy- we don t have scientific evidence, in fact in many cases the Tanakh contradicts science and seemingly does not agree with history. Does this mean that the Torah is wrong? Is science wrong? How much should we take as allegory and how much as...

Orthodox Judaism: segments of Torah scrolls, torah commandment, axe murderer
torah commandment, axe murderer, torah scrolls: My apologies for the delay in answering. When it comes to Torah scrolls (including things like a mezuzah scroll or the scrolls inside of Tefillin), they are seen to have an inherent sanctity to them based on the fact that they have the name of G-d inscribed...

Orthodox Judaism: Torah Stories, shabbat shalom, point of conflict
shabbat shalom, point of conflict, account thanks: Hi Josh, If one believes that the Torah is from G-d then you have to believe that the stories are true. G-d is not, heaven forfend, a liar, so why would He mislead us into thinking that they are true. If the people that ask you, do not believe in the...

Orthodox Judaism: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, bar bat mitzvah, sephardic jews
bar bat mitzvah, sephardic jews, divrei torah: Hi Leah, I don t know Spanish customs but it should be universal in Judaism that anyone can partake in ceremonies where appropriate without anyone getting offended. What I mean by appropriate is, that as long as it is appropriate for a religious observing...

Orthodox Judaism: blaming god, hardships, blaming G-d
hardships, blaming G-d: Hi Geoff Blaming G-d for your hardships is a two-sided coin. On the one hand, it may be a cop-out. Too often people shift blame for their own bad choices and would do better to take responsibility and make positive changes in their life. On the other...

Orthodox Judaism: blood sacrifice, animal sacrifices, animal sacrifice
animal sacrifices, animal sacrifice, blood sacrifice: Dear Don- You have some great questions! Actually the commentators teach (most notably, the Rambam) that God only permitted animal sacrifices, but did not actually demand them. It was the Jews who wanted animal sacrifice in order to resemble their...

Orthodox Judaism: Differences Between Orthadox And reform, Reform, Orthodox
Reform, Orthodox: Hi Don The basic difference between Orthodox and Reform Judaism is that Orthodox Jews believe that the entire Torah (Books of the Tanach and the oral tradition) are Divine, were given to Moses at Sinai and cannot be changed, while Reform Jews believe that...

Orthodox Judaism: divination, Divination
Divination: Hi Peter Deuteronomy 18:10 says diviners etc. may not be found among you , meaning that we may not allow diviners within our communities. That would imply that you may not be around them; but in practice nowadays (in the absence of a Jewish High Court,...

Orthodox Judaism: divination..., accurate translation, time peter
accurate translation, time peter, divinations: Hi Peter, In Deut. 18:11 the words are, do not ask of the Ov and Yedoni. These two divinations refer to the actual artifact or phenomenon, rather than the person performing the divination. Thus the verse means to prohibit the act of divination rather...

Orthodox Judaism: blood sacrifice, elohim, sacrifices
Orthodox Judaism: blood sacrifice, elohim, sacrifices, offerings

Orthodox Judaism: "grammen" at weddings, orach, tuv
orach, tuv, taz: Hi, I am on the road travelling and wont have a Shulch O. in a while from, your words it sounds like the issur is only when he is doing comedy, after he starts serious grammen, he is no longer a comedian i cannot do research on other opinions you are...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish ancestry, jewish ancestry, orthodox judaism
jewish ancestry, orthodox judaism, parents and grandparents: Dear David- Your question is certainly legitimate, and the issue you raise has become a problem, albeit only recently. You see, until the turn of the [last] century, Jews (especially in Europe) lived amongst themselves. There were no secrets. Everyone knew...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish history, god of abraham, hi bob
god of abraham, hi bob, existence of jesus christ: Hi Bob, I m very sorry for the delay in responding, there was a death in our community and my thoughts were preoccupied with that. According to the Talmud tradition J.C. was born in the year 3671 from creation (we are currently in the year 5770),...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish burial laws, jewish burial, jewish law
jewish burial, jewish law, foreskin: Judy, Thank you for the kind question. In general, Jews are buried the same day they pass away and are not embalmed. There are, however, circumstances in which this cannot be done and an expert must be consulted. Diseased (i.e. amputated), extra (i.e. the...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah, time david, messiah
time david, messiah, last days: David, This question has been asked and answered already by another expert. Think of it this way: We are reigned over by our parents as children and our government as adults. Yet this does not diminish G-d s reign. Please know that Judaism does not allow...

Orthodox Judaism: pedophilia, torah law, sexual interaction
torah law, sexual interaction, anti semites: Nathan, actually there could be nothing further from the truth. Torah law prohibits any form of illicit sexual interaction.In fact, according to the Jewish law, it is prohibited for any male over 9 years of age to even touch an unrelated female age 3 or over,...

Orthodox Judaism: pedophilia, anti semites, makkos
anti semites, makkos, sanhedrin: Yes, this is something claimed by anti-Semites which is completely untrue. Judaism completely forbids paedophilia. What they tend to do, is to lie about the contents of the Talmud- in a discussion about whether the rape of a young child is assault or rape...

Orthodox Judaism: pedophilia, anti semites, two headed goat
anti semites, two headed goat, judaism: Nathan, this claim is so absurd that I don t even know of any anti-semites who claim it. I ve started outlining the numerous ways I could prove this isn t true, but came back and decided that even answering to such a claim is more ridiculous than trying to...

Orthodox Judaism: pedophilia, anti semites, judaism
anti semites, judaism, shape: Nathan, I have no idea what you ve heard so I can t tell you or anyone else that what you heard is true or not. I can tell you that Judaism does not condone pedophilia in any manner, shape or form. It is not necessarily anti-Semitic to say otherwise, simply...

Orthodox Judaism: My question!, hi bob, jesus christ
hi bob, jesus christ, rabbis: Hi Bob, The references I am aware of in the Talmud refer to JC as Oso Ish That Man they do not refer to him by name at all. This is probably due to fears of censorship. There are plenty of Rabbis in the Talmud that have a main name, but were also...

Orthodox Judaism: a question on divination...., pious jews, birth months
pious jews, birth months, accurate translation: Peter, Thank you for your kind question. The meaning of the commandment is not to seek the advice or readings of a fortune teller, etc. This would include going with a friend to have his palm read. Many pious Jews likewise shun horoscopes and other such...

Orthodox Judaism: sacrifice, hebrew scriptures, story of jesus
hebrew scriptures, story of jesus, prayer time: Hi Frank, I think what you should do is stop by at a synagogue and join a study class. Those are free typically and will help you start from the beginning. Once you have seen the Torah through your own eyes - not the eyes of those who made you believe things...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving with a razor, jewish law, moustache
jewish law, moustache, rabbi: Dear Seth- A man is not permitted to shave with a razor anywhere on his face. Although it is permitted to shave the neck with a razor, I counsel against it. This is because it is unclear where the neck ends and the face begins for this purpose. The issue...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving with a razor, Shaving, beard
Shaving, beard: Hi Seth The Torah forbids shaving the corners of your face, which is at the hinges of the jaw (just beneath your temples), your chin and the two central edges of your jawbone (i.e. the points that correspond to the centre of your cheeks). I hope...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving with a razor, orthodox judaism, allexperts
orthodox judaism, allexperts, jewish law: Seth, Another expert has already answered the majority of your question, so I shant re-invent the wheel: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Orthodox-Judaism-952/Shaving-beard.htm Additionally, the commandment not to round the corners of the hair pertains to...

Orthodox Judaism: Temple, blood sacrifices, animal sacrifices
blood sacrifices, animal sacrifices, jewish rabbi: Dear E.G.!! Great to hear from you. There are a number of approaches to your questions. I follow the view that the rebuilding of the Temple must be left to God who will have it rebuilt when the Messiah is revealed. It is a matter of dispute whether...

Orthodox Judaism: Temple, prophet ezekiel, blood sacrifices
prophet ezekiel, blood sacrifices, jewish rabbi: Hello E.G., Thank you for your kind wishes. May you and your family have a wonderful year ahead and many blessings. Firstly, I am not a Rabbi - but I will do my best to answer your question as an Orthodox Jew. There is a stepwise difference between...

Orthodox Judaism: Temple, blood sacrifices, jewish rabbi
blood sacrifices, jewish rabbi, animal sacrifices: Dear E.G. Orthodox Jews believe that G-d has promised that His Temple will be rebuilt. The Messiah, who is yet to come, will be the person charged with the responsibility of rebuilding that Temple. Many Jews, myself included, believe that this will happen...

Orthodox Judaism: Temple, blood sacrifices, jewish rabbi
blood sacrifices, jewish rabbi, sorry for the delay: Hi E.G., I m very sorry for the delay in responding, there was a death in our community and my thoughts were preoccupied with that. Yes, for sure I believe the Temple will be rebuilt (hopefully in our days) and blood sacrifices will be brought again....

Orthodox Judaism: uglifying, talmid chacham, gemoro
talmid chacham, gemoro, observance: Dear Yehuda, i am not a rabbi and i dont do much research, please read my profile. I would say that it is a deoiraisa because it would cause a diminishing of peru urvu or at a minimum a deminishing in the mitsva of ona. Worse it could be cause for divorce...

Orthodox Judaism: vegetarianism..., kosher diet, peyot
kosher diet, peyot, small bugs: Peter, I am not a specialist on kashrut, but for the most part vegetarian diet is indeed a kosher diet, provided proper inspections have been passed (i.e. vegetables need to be inspected for small bugs or insects; eggs need to be cracked into a cup to ensure...

Orthodox Judaism: vegetarianism..., code of jewish law, peyot
code of jewish law, peyot, oral law: Hi Peter, The Torah tells us which foods are forbidden, but to know all the laws in their details we rely on the Oral Law which is as much a part of the Torah as the Written Law. So the place to find these laws is in the Code of Jewish Law. And...

Orthodox Judaism: on vegetarianism (part2), vegetables and fruits, fruits and vegetables
vegetables and fruits, fruits and vegetables, source plant: Peter, For a food to be kosher it must pass certain requirements. Animals must be slaughtered in a certain fashion, for example. Likewise, vegetables and fruits must be harvested from their source-plant and this harvesting (as well as other work required...

Orthodox Judaism: vegetarianism..., vegetables and fruits, first fruits
vegetables and fruits, first fruits, cool service: 9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corner of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleaning (that which has fallen) of thy harvest. 10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather the fallen fruit...

Orthodox Judaism: work definition, sabbath commandment, torah law
sabbath commandment, torah law, definition question: Hi David, First off, are you Jewish? If you are not, then you are not permitted to keep the Sabbath. You can almost keep the Sabbath if you like, meaning you may keep all the Sabbath laws etc. as long as you violate at least a single law during the...

Orthodox Judaism: Yiddish Translation, e mail address, yiddish translation
e mail address, yiddish translation, hebrew script: Herb, I have an idea or two, however, I would have to see the script before I can direct you. Can you e-mail me a sample? If you would like to do that, I will send you my e-mail address. Please send your request marked private, so my answer to you will be...

Orthodox Judaism: BAr Mitzvah & Puberty, bar mitzvah boy, pubic hairs
bar mitzvah boy, pubic hairs, orthodox rabbi: Hi Jeff A boy s barmitzvah is supposed to be a happy event, not an uncomfortable or embarrassing experience. So, an Orthodox rabbi will not embarrass a boy by subjecting him to a puberty-check. If the family is aware of the puberty-requirement, they...

Orthodox Judaism: BAr Mitzvah and puberty, pubic hairs, bar mitzvah
pubic hairs, bar mitzvah, strict letter: Good question! According to the strict letter of the law you are right -- both the coming of age (13) as well as sings of puberty are required to officially declare someone an adult. That being said -- common custom is to assume that all 13 year olds...

Orthodox Judaism: Bar Mitzvah & Puberty, Barmitzvah, puberty
Barmitzvah, puberty: Hi Jeff This is a very interesting question and most people are probably unaware of the issue altogether. Bar Mitzvah marks the transition of a boy into manhood. Once he is considered a man, the youngster becomes obligated to observe all Torah laws....

Orthodox Judaism: Bar Mitzvah & puberty, pubic hairs, bar mitzvah
pubic hairs, bar mitzvah, parah: Hi Jeff, Sorry for the delay in answering. Yes he his definitely eligible for a bar mitzvah. He just wouldn t be able to read from the Torah on Parshas Zochor or Parah because these are mitzvahs on a Torah level. All the best, Rabbi Yechezkel Fo...

Orthodox Judaism: brother-in-law in process of converting, conservative judaism, orthodox jew
conservative judaism, orthodox jew, college freshman: Dear Carol, I am not familiar with all the laws of conversion, so I would not be able to give you a complete answer (I m not a rabbi). It is impossible to be certain either way whether or not he plans to divorce her, or what he wants to do about their...

Orthodox Judaism: community, Conversion
Conversion: Hi Aaron The Torah forbids us from looking down on converts. On the contrary, the community is expected to have extra respect for someone who has made such a dramatic change in their lives for the sake of Judaism. Clearly, this is only true when the...

Orthodox Judaism: community, Orthodox, insular communities
Orthodox, insular communities: Hi Zack I assume that you re asking if Orthodox Jews keep to themselves within the community. When you consider the long history of Jewish persecution ghetto-life, it shouldn t surprise you that Jews have naturally come to stick to their own. Fortunately,...

Orthodox Judaism: Free choice, seven noahide laws, random acts of kindness
seven noahide laws, random acts of kindness, share kindness: Hi Madhu 1) Free choice is a gift, as you say, and we need to use it to make choices that will improve our own life (like choosing to study, share kindness, be good to our families, keep quiet when we feel like gossiping or insulting people etc.) and make...

Orthodox Judaism: brother-in-law in process of converting, branches of judaism, orthodox rabbis
Orthodox Judaism: brother-in-law in process of converting, branches of judaism, orthodox rabbis, orthodox rabbi

Orthodox Judaism: The Godhead, triune godhead, enormous leap
Orthodox Judaism: The Godhead, triune godhead, enormous leap, leap of faith

Orthodox Judaism: hebrew/conversion, hatzlacha, judaism
Orthodox Judaism: hebrew/conversion, hatzlacha, judaism, hebrew

Orthodox Judaism: Why Jews hate Jesus, antisemitism, strife
Orthodox Judaism: Why Jews hate Jesus, antisemitism, strife, hatred

Orthodox Judaism: Sacifice, book of hebrews, christian scriptures
Orthodox Judaism: Sacifice, book of hebrews, christian scriptures, presbyter

Orthodox Judaism: to be saved by grace, psalm 86, daniel 9
Orthodox Judaism: to be saved by grace, psalm 86, daniel 9, blood sacrifices

Orthodox Judaism: G-d's involvement in daily events, orthodox judaism, jewish perspective
orthodox judaism, jewish perspective, rabbi: Outstanding question. There are two equally valid approaches to this question with orthodox Judaism. One is that God is completely involved and managing absolutely everything that happens in this world -- even a leaf falling from a tree. Another approach...

Orthodox Judaism: The Godhead, rabbi tovia singer, trinitarian bible
rabbi tovia singer, trinitarian bible, plural pronouns: Hi Lisa, To be frank, the Hebrew scriptures do not tolerate the Christian doctrine of triune godhead even one little bit. However, the passage in Genesis 1:26 has been used by missionaries countless times to insert the trinity into the Torah. Let s examine...

Orthodox Judaism: glued on sidebruns, inappropriate clothing, sideburns
inappropriate clothing, sideburns, timeout: Hi Karan, I am not quite sure what you mean - did he say he didn t know why he had sideburns on? Because if HE didn t know, I certainly have no idea. Maybe some of our traditions seem weird to others (such as not eating certain foods, not touching people...

Orthodox Judaism: hebrew/conversion, Orthodox, conversion
Orthodox, conversion: Hi Aaron I think it s fair to say that most people who approach the Orthodox community to convert do not have a good knowledge of Hebrew or of Orthodoxy. Orthodox Judaism is more interested in sincerity and interest than in knowledge. If the Orthodox...

Orthodox Judaism: Why Jews hate Jesus, jews and jesus, judaism section
jews and jesus, judaism section, jewish messiah: Not exactly. It is indeed Jesus (or probably better said the writings of Paul) that separates our religions, but lack of belief in Jesus as messiah is not what defines Judaism. Think of it this way: Is what makes you a Christian the fact that you don t...

Orthodox Judaism: kippah, kippa, yarmulkah
kippa, yarmulkah: Hi Zack Often when you understand the reason for something, the question answers itself. The reason for wearing a kippah is to remind you that G-d is above you at all times. In fact, that s why the other name for a kippah is yarmulka which comes from...

Orthodox Judaism: kippahs, kippa, yarmulka
kippa, yarmulka: Hi Aaron Wearing a kippah is essentially a Jewish tradition, rather than a law per se. The purpose of the kippah is to remind you that G-d is above you at all times. That is why the alternative name for a kippah is a yarmulka, from the words yerei...

Orthodox Judaism: the law of moses in relation to sex.., evil inclination, sexual immorality
evil inclination, sexual immorality, torah law: Hi David, Sorry for the delay in replying. In general you should know that intamicy is resrved for marriage. Part of the reason for the break-down of marriage is the that intamate relations are formed before marriage and therefore marriage...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Judaism, organs
organs: Dear Maria, Jews speak many languages, depending on the country they re from. (My brother-in-law is from England, and because both of his parents are from different countries he speaks, in order of proficiency, but basically fluently: French, Yiddish,...

Orthodox Judaism: occupations, shabbat observance, supreme court judges
shabbat observance, supreme court judges, orthodox jews: Hi Zack The only job restrictions that Orthodox Jews have are due to Shabbat observance or moral issues, not because they keep to themselves. I know many Orthodox Jewish doctors, lawyers (even some supreme court judges), architects, CEO s of public companies,...

Orthodox Judaism: Question, pslam 91, divine revelation
pslam 91, divine revelation, intense study: Hi Munnugonda G-d deliberately hides from us so that we can look for Him. If you open your eyes, you see sparks of Divine revelation- in nature and in the amazing things that happen in your life (even small things like finding a parking space just when...

Orthodox Judaism: a question on the law....., omen
omen: Do you mean to ask when does an omen not originate from G-d? Or do you mean to ask what is the difference between a G-dly omen and a G-dly sign? If it s the first, I would say never because we believe our lives are constantly guided by G-d and if something...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice 2, ezekiel 37, servant david
ezekiel 37, servant david, hebrews 11: Hi R, I am not a Rav at all, nor will I ever be :) But I like to study Torah and I derive enjoyment from helping people recognize the true Creator of the Universe every chance I get. I believe that Christians associate the Tanach with their bible in...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice, prophet hosea, jewish scriptures
prophet hosea, jewish scriptures, sin offerings: Hi Chad, The Israelites indeed were given extremely specific laws regarding the sacrifices. One of such laws is that sacrifices be brought in the Temple. Since the Temple was destroyed, we are unable to observe the commandments of sacrifices. This was by...

Orthodox Judaism: to be saved by grace, jewish scriptures, torha
jewish scriptures, torha, original sin: Hi Michal, First and foremost, this begs the question: saved from what? There s nothing in the Torah that says that you need to be saved at all. The question implies original sin - an assumption that we are born sinners and cannot be saved from our sins...

Orthodox Judaism: Boy Scouts and man's basic nature good or evil, boy scout camping, fellow scout
boy scout camping, fellow scout, jewish chaplain: Dear Keith- Though you may not like it, my first and strongest thoughts is that it is best that the Boy Scouts remain non-affiliated or associated with any religion in any way. Boy Scouts are for youth activities, responsible citizenship, character development,...

Orthodox Judaism: beards, electric shaver, halachic
electric shaver, halachic, halacha: Dear Zack- Belief is not the right word. Practices would be better. Modern Orthodoxy accepts the view with Halacha that it is permissible to shave with an electric shaver. Similarly, there is no requirement to grow payot -- it is merely the custom...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion, unauthorised person, rabbi
unauthorised person, rabbi, torah: Hi Sharon, First of all, I am not a Rabbi. Secondly, this cannot be done via the internet, you must get in touch with a sincere Torah observant Rabbi in person. Where in India are you? I doubt I can find someone for you there but I can try. If you have...

Orthodox Judaism: Genesis 9:18-28, father noah, oral torah
father noah, oral torah, genesis chapter: Willie, These are according to classic Jewish sources and the Talmud. It is true that reading the words on a simple level does not portray the events as I described. However there are semantic nuances only accessible in the original Hebrew that point to...

Orthodox Judaism: halal or yalal, venus the morning star, torah commentaries
venus the morning star, torah commentaries, king of babylon: Hi Erik, You are right, there are no reference in Tanach for hll as shine or light other than the three mentioned, Is 14:12, Is. 13:10 and Job 29:3 (I must have mistyped back then when I wrote 29:1) that I can find (I used a CD-ROM with various search...

Orthodox Judaism: help me, orthodox rabbi, india phone
orthodox rabbi, india phone, colaba: Dear Sharon- Greetings and blessings to you! I am unable to help you with conversion. You must approach your local orthodox rabbi and he will help you. This should help you: 5 Hormusji Street - Nariman House - Colaba Mumbai, 400-005 India Phone:...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish Mysticism, jewish mysticism, animals angels
jewish mysticism, animals angels, jacob stein: Hi Jacob Sounds like you re doing a very interesting project, good luck! You can find loads of information on these issues online. Here are a few pointers: http://tinyurl.com/Kabbalah-Golem01 http://tinyurl.com/Kabbalah-Angels01 http://tinyurl.com/Kabbalah-Angels02...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish wedding ring, wedding ring
wedding ring: Hi Brian Ideally, a Jewish wedding ring should be gold. Gold symbolizes the deepest type of love, according to Jewish mysticism, and that is what one wants to convey on their wedding day. Silver rings are acceptable and technically any valuable metal...

Orthodox Judaism: meaning of honor, honor thy father, food and drink
honor thy father, food and drink: Hi, I don t see the word honor in Deut 15:16, could it be that my verses differ in arrangement from yours? Please quote me the verse. In general you honor someone by granting them their wish. Honor thy father... is to hand them food and drink etc....

Orthodox Judaism: Next lIfe, jews and gentiles, gentile world
jews and gentiles, gentile world, noachide laws: Hi Murel, The will of G-d is Jewish law (Torah)as it has been transmitted from Mount Sinai. Within this system of law are what are known as the 7 Noachide laws which is the will of G-d for the gentile world. The 7 Noachide laws include not...

Orthodox Judaism: the name of lord, dress code of ultra-orthodox, orthodox women, holy of holies
orthodox women, holy of holies, tetragrammaton: Hi Sarah. There are actually a number of G-d s names, tons of them in fact. They re all mentioned in the Torah; in fact, there are opinions of some very holy, very learned sages, that the entire Torah is an assemblance of G-d s many names. I think you may...

Orthodox Judaism: PLEASE accept Jesus, blood sacrifice, atonement
blood sacrifice, atonement, Jewish messiah: Below is an article I wrote on the question of blood atonement from the perspective of Is blood required for atonement. I believe it speaks to your question: Blood Atonement Leviticus 17:10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of...

Orthodox Judaism: The Priesthood, psalm song, tribe of levi
psalm song, tribe of levi, congregation of israel: Hi Lisa, Judaism is not a classless society; rather, there are three classes within the structure of Jewish society: Kohen, Levi and Yisrael. The Kohen (priest) is a descendant of Aharon, the High Priest, the brother of Moshe. His task is to work in the...

Orthodox Judaism: rabbis, meaningful impact, comunities
meaningful impact, comunities, odd question: Hi Zack Interesting question! Each rabbi is in a different financial situation. Some rabbis serve very large and prominent comunities and earn very decent salaries. Other rabbis lead small Jewish communities who cannot afford much and some rabbis even...

Orthodox Judaism: respect, conservative jew, plunging neckline
conservative jew, plunging neckline, high holy days: The information you give me isn t really enough to say for certain which sect of Judaism your friend belongs to but from the sound of it, she is either on the left of Modern orthodox of a fairly conservative Conservative Jew. Most likely a Conservative Jew...

Orthodox Judaism: Sin Offering, david rosenblum, hebrew grammar
david rosenblum, hebrew grammar, female goat: Hi Jeff, Nachmanides says that the sin-offering is to seek reconciliation with G-d by giving Him a gift. The word used in Tanach to express this type of gift is Mincha which is in the female form in Hebrew grammar, therefore the animal used is a female....

Orthodox Judaism: The term 'Son of God', jewish publication society, hebrew scriptures
jewish publication society, hebrew scriptures, walking in the midst: bar elohim is what is used in Daniel for son of gods. Bear in mind that while Elohim is a plural form used as a singular when referring to the Creator of the Universe (in Hebrew), the following is true: - Daniel was written in Aramaic - quite a few times,...

Orthodox Judaism: thank you gift, speech pathologist, orthodox judaism
speech pathologist, orthodox judaism, orthodox jew: Hi Crystal, Why don t you list a number of items you are toying with and I ll be able to direct you whether or not it is offensive to Orthodox Judaism. Can t imagine what you could choose to be that offensive? The easiest way out could always be a gift...

Orthodox Judaism: Wine-kosher for Passover?, drinking wine, kasher
drinking wine, kasher, passover: Hi Ovadia I have to be honest, I have more experience with drinking wine than I do with making wine. As I understand it, Pesach wine is made using mold from fruit or sugar, rather than the common yeast. You could probably get more (reliable) information...

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion and family, orthodox judaism, family gatherings
orthodox judaism, family gatherings, mom dad: Hello Shai, in essence, once a person becomes a Jew, he/she effectively is torn away from his/her heritage and re-planted in a new soil . This means that the relationship with their family will no longer be considered familial. For many people, that effectively...

Orthodox Judaism: dear sir...., mental ailment, demon spirits
mental ailment, demon spirits, god of the hebrews: The idea of being tormented by spirits isn t really a Jewish one. Spirits don t torment people, all supernatural beings have no free will and are servants of G-d that fulfill specific roles. Thus you find that Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim (written early in...

Orthodox Judaism: english report, ethical monotheism, contrary to popular belief
ethical monotheism, contrary to popular belief, descendants of abraham: Hello Nicole, If I get into the details I will probably end up writing a thick book... So in short, Orthodox Jews (of which Hasidic are a subset) adhere to the doctrine that the Torah was given by G-d at Sinai, just as it says. Reform movement was founded...

Orthodox Judaism: explaining puberty to our son, bar mitzvah, signs of puberty
bar mitzvah, signs of puberty, jewish responsibility: Dear Faigy Firstly, mazal tov on your son s upcoming bar mitzvah. Your question really resonates with me, because my eldest is heading for bar mitzvah next year IYH and we re starting to face similar dilemmas about what to say and how to say... I feel...

Orthodox Judaism: psalm 22, king james bible, hebrew bible
Orthodox Judaism: psalm 22, king james bible, hebrew bible, jewish scriptures

Orthodox Judaism: service, orthodox congregations, orderly chaos
Orthodox Judaism: service, orthodox congregations, orderly chaos, torah reading

Orthodox Judaism: general questions., circumcission, pin prick
circumcission, pin prick, book of joshua: Hi Sharon, 1/ Do you want me to quote the Hebrew? 2/ So we should not have any distractions. 3/Look in the Jewish prayer book. 4/They didn t, except for the 1st year which was an exception. 5/You need an authorized Jewish court. If you convert they will...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish "People", rabbi jonathan sacks, indian jews
rabbi jonathan sacks, indian jews, african jews: Hi Zack Defining what Jews are is a tricky business, and people have been debating this for ages. You cannot define Jews as a race, because we have European Jews, North African Jews, black Jews, Indian Jews and Oriental Jews. To call us a religion...

Orthodox Judaism: Living rules, torah law, yichud
torah law, yichud, female friend: Hi Scott, Every Jew must abide by Torah law, just because he chooses to be reform does not absolve him from this obligation. The lady is equally obligated to keep the laws of seclusion (yichud) and if this lease creates a situation in which the two are...

Orthodox Judaism: the meaning of..., orthodox judaism, genesis 17
orthodox judaism, genesis 17, egyptian architecture: There is nothing forbidden regarding wearing the red string bracelet, however, it has virtually no legitimate or authentic basis from a Torah perspective. I advise people to keep away from such superstitious and baseless practices. Hope this helps! ...

Orthodox Judaism: the meaning of...., root word, one god
root word, one god, name of god: Dear Mckeand, Thank you for your question. The names Abram and Abraham come from the same root word, which means over or other side , as in, Abram was on one side, and other people were on the other side , because Abram was the first person who belived...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Judiasm & Anti-depressants, orthodox jews, anti depressants
orthodox jews, anti depressants, anti depressant: Dear Randi- There is no such prohibition. As with all medications -- use is permitted, abuse is forbidden. Remember, anti-depressants dont cure the problem. Be sure to seek professional help if depression continues. Regards, Rabbi Ari Enki...

Orthodox Judaism: occupations, orthodox jew, kosher food
orthodox jew, kosher food, jewish law: Hi Zack Sorry for not replying sooner, but the Pesach season is very busy. Orthodox Jew engage in just about every type of occupation- there are Orthodox Jewish accountants, actuaries, builders, caterers, doctors, electricians... you get the idea. ...

Orthodox Judaism: orthodox jews and standard hospital procedures, pikuach nefesh, orthodox jew
pikuach nefesh, orthodox jew, orthodox jews: It all depends on the state of the patient. When the persons life is in danger, anything can be done. It is a concept known as pikuach nefesh . The bigger issues will be patients in for elective, non-life threatening or in long term care facilities....

Orthodox Judaism: Is not the Passover Story a Tragedy?, passover story, egype
passover story, egype, shavua tov: Dear Gregg- Don t take all Midrash *so* seriously! It may have happened, it may have not. Even if it did happen -- it was God s decree so mourning would not be appropriate. (cf. the deaths of Nadav and Avihu) Here is some information on the Mechilta:...

Orthodox Judaism: posek, Posek, poskim
Posek, poskim, rabbi: Zack, A Rabbi is a religious leader in Judaism who generally leads a congregation and make legal decisions concerning the operation of the synagogue and concerning maters of family law for his or her congregation. A Posek is a legal expert, generally...

Orthodox Judaism: psalm 22, jewish sages, psalm 22
jewish sages, psalm 22, oral torah: Hi D, my pleasure. I love answering these questions (and that s why I am here!) I am thinking Rashi is probably the best commentary for the beginner students, because his interpretations and explanations are very easy to follow and understand; also he...

Orthodox Judaism: a question on idolatry and kids movies, animal costumes, motion animation
animal costumes, motion animation, consecutive series: Hi Peter I think the issue in question here is not really about the technology as much as it is about the intention behind the animation. When you read the prohibition against graven images in context, it seems clear that the law only forbids creating...

Orthodox Judaism: some questions on idolatry..., animal costumes, motion animation
animal costumes, motion animation, consecutive series: The key to idolatry is worship and/or spirituality. Items produced or used for reasons other than worship or spirituality; items that are not charged with religious intent, are not idols. Worship might mean anticipating that the item will do something wonderful...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice, sacraficed, ancient israel
sacraficed, ancient israel, sacrafice: Hi Samil Jews do not believe that anything or anyone can be sacrificed and atone for our sins. We are responsible to atone for our own sins. To do this takes a few steps. The main step of atonement is regret and seeking forgiveness. In the days...

Orthodox Judaism: Several questions, kosher honey, tribe of judah
kosher honey, tribe of judah, member of the tribe: Hi Ovadiah Thank you for your follow up. 1. Before the Temple in Jerusalem was built, individuals were allowed to sacrifice on a bamah , a personal altar. Such sacrifices did not have the formal rules of the ordinary sacrifices and didn t require the...

Orthodox Judaism: Swimming and Orthodox Judaism, orthodox judaism, local custom
orthodox judaism, local custom, rabbis: Dear Beth, I asked my rabbi this question, and he said up until about 4 years old, a boy can swim with women. I think one should stop before, if the boy is very aware. This kind of thing depends on local custom, though, so it would be best to ask a rabbi...

Orthodox Judaism: service, orthodox synagogues, orthodox prayer
orthodox synagogues, orthodox prayer, orthodox jews: Hi Zack Yes, Orthodox prayer services are generally in Hebrew. Hebrew is the holy language, the language G-d used to create the world and the language He used to communicate His Law through the Torah. We try to use His language for our prayers to Him, because...

Orthodox Judaism: "In sin", prophet nathan, psalm 51
prophet nathan, psalm 51, divine commandment: Hi Ovadiah I appreciate your thanks, and am glad to be able to assist. As you can see from the context of the chapter, King David is expressing regret for a sin (this is after the prophet Nathan rebuked him for having Batshevah s husband sent to frontline...

Orthodox Judaism: torah study while rabbie learning, torah study, chapter and verse
torah study, chapter and verse, shul: Hi Yossie, Of course they are wrong but unfortunately it doesn t seem like anything is going to stop them. You could quote them Viyikra 19/18 you shall love your fellow as yourself. The Sages say the minimum is that what is hateful to you don t...

Orthodox Judaism: Words spoken before Ha-Motzi on Shabbat, ashkenazi jews, hebrew interests
ashkenazi jews, hebrew interests, shabbat dinner: Hi Jessica- I can glean from your e-mail that your future family are Jews of Sefardic origin. The verse which they recite before the hamotzee is Se u yadechem kodesh u varcu et adonai (Psalms 134:2)and/or pote ach et yadecha umasbia lechol chai ratzon...

Orthodox Judaism: The wide-brim black Jewish hat, orthodox groups, religious significance
orthodox groups, religious significance, kippa: Dear David- The black hat is in addition to a kippa which is worn on the head underneath the hat. There is no religious significance to the hat. It is merely a sign of affiliation with any of the various ultra-orthodox groups. Hope this helps! Rabbi...

Orthodox Judaism: YO!, demon spirits, god of the hebrews
demon spirits, god of the hebrews, absolute darkness: Hi Peter, I remember your question. Since I am not an expert in schizophrenia (and had a hard time spelling it, even) - I cannot say much in that regard. I am glad that you no longer hear voices, and I believe the Almighty will help you on your path...

Orthodox Judaism: Birth, Sabbath, Nursing
Sabbath, Nursing: Johnie, Thank you for your kind question and obvious sensitivity. Nursing seems a great calling for you. Since you are not Jewish, Sabbath and other Jewish law will not significantly alter the healthcare you provide to Jews. However, just for your knowledge,...

Orthodox Judaism: David and the Temple, mishkan, kind answer
mishkan, kind answer, burnt offerings: Hi Ovadiah While you are correct that the overall law is not to bring a sacrifice anywhere but in the Mishkan and later the Temple, there were some lapses in this law. This happened primarily when the Mishkan was not in a permanent place. Once Solomon s...

Orthodox Judaism: Exodus 9:6, national economy, plagues
national economy, plagues, leftovers: Hi, The word in Hebrew is indeed all and your question is a valid one. One commentary explains that the Torah means most, not literally all. Same thing with the hail that destroyed all the grass in the fields (grass refers to produce like lettuce) in...

Orthodox Judaism: halloween, religious relevance, american jew
religious relevance, american jew, celtic holiday: Hi Zack What an interesting question! I think it s fair to suggest that the average American Jew would not even stop to think that there might be a problem with trick or treating. Halloween originated as a pagan Celtic holiday dedicated to calling up...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish Ethics and Law, conservative judaism, branches of judaism
conservative judaism, branches of judaism, liberal judaism: Hi Murphy This is really a broad topic, so I ll just give you a brief outline: Orthodox Judaism believes in the code of laws and ethics that is delineated in the Bible, as expounded by the Talmudic sources. These laws are unchanging. They are built on...

Orthodox Judaism: the kabbaah bracelet in relation to idolatry and torah..., orthodox judaism, story of jacob and esau
orthodox judaism, story of jacob and esau, jacob and esau: The red string bracelet in Kabbalah is, unfortunately, nothing but a money making racket dreamed up the cults that have started up claiming to teach kabbalah. Unfortunately these cults are led by charlatans with an at best superficial understanding of Kabbalah,...

Orthodox Judaism: law, becoming a lawyer, ethical guidelines
becoming a lawyer, ethical guidelines, jewish law: Hi Zack A lawyer is an acceptable Jewish profession, as long as you follow the ethical guidelines of Judaism (as in any other profession). You can also gain a fortune of insight into law from Jewish law and you will probably find it very interesting to...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, Noachide, righteous gentiles
Noachide, righteous gentiles, sabbath: Sam, It sounds as though you have given your decision a lot of thought. Based on your situation, I would agree that for shalom in the home becoming a noachide is your best option. I welcome you into the faith. You may attend synagogue as often as you would...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, noahide laws, teachings of judaism
noahide laws, teachings of judaism, dear sam: Dear Sam- From the perspective of Judaism, the highest level a non-Jew can reach is that of a Ben-Noach -- one who observes the 7 Noahide laws. There is no synagogue in the world which should not welcome you with open arms! I can imagine any competent...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, noachide, noahide laws
noachide, noahide laws, teachings of judaism: Hi Sam, firstly - I am not a Rabbi; I am a Jew who studies Torah and volunteers to answer questions. :) Be that as it may, here s my answer. I am not sure whether or not you can convert to Judaism given that you re married to a Christian; a Rabbi could...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, beis hamikdash, orthodox synagogue
beis hamikdash, orthodox synagogue, shabbat shalom: Shalom Sam Just a disclaimer before I answer: I do not have smichah and thus cannot claim the title of rabbi. Please read my answer in light of that- I like to think I have enough knowledge to elp, but you will need to decide for yourself. You raise...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, noahide laws, teachings of judaism
noahide laws, teachings of judaism, spiritual pursuits: Hi Sam Your situation is certainly unique, and commendable. As you know, Judaism does not encourage nor require conversion, but strongly recommend living according to the Noahide laws. You could certainly visit a synagogue, but I think you need to approach...

Orthodox Judaism: Noahide Laws, noahide laws, teachings of judaism
noahide laws, teachings of judaism, christian wife: Hi Sam, Sorry for the delay in replying. Concerning attending synagogue you really have to ask the Rabbi that is in charge there. No, you are strictly forbidden to keep the Shabbat. However, as long as you break it deliberately once during Shabbat...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice, blood atonement, forgiveness of sin
blood atonement, forgiveness of sin, sacrifices: Samil, Thank you for your question. Simply stated: 1) The sacrifices cleansed the Temple from the sin of the people and allowed G-d s presence to dwell in the Temple. They did not cause G-d s forgiveness of sin; only repentance could/can do that; 2)The...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice, prophet isaiah, isaiah 53
prophet isaiah, isaiah 53, advance god: Hi Eddie I think we could all do with an extra act of kindness, and sometimes we need to creative with it : ) I guess we understand Isaiah 53 differently from each other : ) I see Isaiah 53 as a direct continuation of his prophecy/ description of Israel...

Orthodox Judaism: Support for Israel, israeli flags, ulterior motive
israeli flags, ulterior motive, israeli flag: Hi Brian I, and many other Jewish people, appreciate your sentiment and support. I would not suggest that you wear a kippah of any sort, as many Jews would misunderstand your intention and possibly feel you had an ulterior motive in posing as a Jew. ...

Orthodox Judaism: Where to start?, hebrew to english translation, kjv bible
hebrew to english translation, kjv bible, hebrew to english: Hi Rich, the Stone edition is a fine, excellent translation. It s quite true to the original, and where the text cannot be translated fully due to particularies of the language, you will get a good explanation each time. Undoubtedly you ve noticed the...

Orthodox Judaism: the temple, temple of jerusalem, beit hamikdash
temple of jerusalem, beit hamikdash, constuction: Dear Marc- I beleive that the links below will answer many of your questions regarding the Beit Hamikdash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Jerusalem http://lamikdash.com/gentile-sacrifices Hope this helps! Rabbi Ari Enkin ...

Orthodox Judaism: Attendance at Pilgrimage Festivals, paschal lamb, pilgrimage to jerusalem
paschal lamb, pilgrimage to jerusalem, heavenly court: Hi Bob, It is a pleasure to talk about Torah and your questions have been very relevant and interesting. The death penalty for violating the Sabbath is only for doing work on the Sabbath such as the person in Numbers who collected wood on the Sabbath....

Orthodox Judaism: Coming of age ceremony, coming of age ceremony, judaica store
coming of age ceremony, judaica store, necessary accessory: Dear Foteini, Thank you for your question. It is very nice of you to be so understanding of other cultures. I applaud your sensitivity. To answer your questions in order: 1) Usually a piece of Judaica (from your local Judaica store) would be a nice...

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, turbulent souls, mikva
turbulent souls, mikva, stephen j dubner: Good Question Dave! According to the letter of the law -- he is Jewish,a always was Jewish, and nothing more need be done. Common custom, however, in a situation like this, is for the individual to undergo immersion in a mikva as a form of symbolic reconnection...

Orthodox Judaism: shalom to Israel, back answer, exact age
back answer, exact age, quick response: I don t know there is a set number of years that makes up a generation; it appears that in our times a generation is much less than that. It takes about 40 to 50 years to become a grandparent, I would argue that if not children then at leats grandchildren...

Orthodox Judaism: How to Explain David's Killings in War, hebrew scriptures, psalm 120
hebrew scriptures, psalm 120, land of canaan: Hi Bob, When the Jewish people became a nation and waged war against idol worshippers, it wasn t like the church forcing their religion on non-christians as in the time of the inquisition for example. Look at the origins of our nation, Jacob went to Egypt...

Orthodox Judaism: idolatry.., budhha, decorative purposes
budhha, decorative purposes, cruelty to animals: Shalom Jake Taxidermy raises an interesting question. Strictly speaking, the answer is no. d oraitso idoltary is dependant on making an image for the purpose of it representing a divine power and then to be worshipped. Thus a statue made for nothing but...

Orthodox Judaism: Judea at the time of Herod, population figures, josephus
population figures, josephus, judea: Hi Karen To be honest, the only source I am aware of that refers to Herod killing all Judean males at that time is in the Gospel. Josephus does not mention it in his writings and I am unaware of any Jewish source that refers to it either (although all agree...

Orthodox Judaism: King David, bathsheba, fasts
bathsheba, fasts, glimpses: Hi Don That is a very interesting question! I don t believe that the Bible spells out David s ratings as a father. What it does offer is a series of glimpses into his life and his relationship with his children. These glimpses seem to show him as a very...

Orthodox Judaism: Old Testament burial method, jewish burial customs, searching the scriptures
jewish burial customs, searching the scriptures, old testament: Dear Kay- As a rabbi I can only authoritatively discuss Jewish burial customs. However, I think what you might be looking for (along with Jewish burial customs) can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funeral Hope this helps! Rabbi Ari Enkin...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Jewish Burial, Jewish burial
Jewish burial: Paul, Thank you for the kind and interesting question. I was unable to find any specific ruling on the subject although there may be some out there that I am not aware of. In my opinion, such a burial would be prohibited based upon appearances and good...

Orthodox Judaism: premarital sex.., pre marital sex, torah states
pre marital sex, torah states, niddah: The Hebrew for that verse is: לֹא-תִהְיֶה קְדֵשָׁה, מִבְּנוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל;...

Orthodox Judaism: a question about sex laws..., pre marital sex, premarital sex
pre marital sex, premarital sex, sex laws: Dear Han- The fact is that the Torah does not directly say that premarital sex is a sin. Jewish law, however, rules that a Jew is forbidden to engage in premarital sex for a number of different reasons. Judaism does not comment on pre-marital sex of Non-Jews....

Orthodox Judaism: Religion, genesis chapter, land of israel
genesis chapter, land of israel, history thanks: Dear Kashif- The primary prophet of the Jews was Moses. The Land of Israel is important to the Jews because the Bible says that God told Abraham that him the Jewish people are being given the land of Israel for them to live there and serve God there....

Orthodox Judaism: whats next?, eternal damnation, spiritual rewards
eternal damnation, spiritual rewards, gan eden: Hi John The Jewish understanding of reward for people who get it right is not simply eternal life. Firstly, after a Jewish person dies, their soul goes to Heaven and is judged. If they lived a moral and spiritual life, following the dictates of...

Orthodox Judaism: the banners and gems representing each of the 12 tribes, 12 tribes, snake 2
12 tribes, snake 2, holy scriptures: Hi Al, This comes from the book known as the Midrash. Each gem was appropriate to each tribe. A great amount of knowledge about the the special qualities of stones was known by our Sages passed on from Moses. To this day Rubies are still used by pregnant...

Orthodox Judaism: Coming of the Mashiach, principles of the jewish faith, rabbi yehoshua
principles of the jewish faith, rabbi yehoshua, gloomy atmosphere: There are no clear records of descent going back that far, though there are individual and families who claim to be of such decent. It is all primarily speculation. These are problems that will only be solved by God when Mashiach comes. Regards,...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion, hebrew prayers, encouragement along the way
hebrew prayers, encouragement along the way, jewish rabbi: Dear Lori, There is no age restriction on converts, so it is not too late. You would need to find an Orthodox Jewish rabbi in your area that could lead you through the steps of conversion according to Jewish law. If you would like, I can help you find one...

Orthodox Judaism: the death penalty..., famous quotation, legal scholar
famous quotation, legal scholar, public perceptions: Dear Jake- According to Jewish law the death penalty can only be administered when there is a functioning Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) in Jerusalem. Also WIKIPEDIA NOTES: The official teachings of Judaism approve the death penalty in principle...

Orthodox Judaism: the death penalty..., jewish court, capital case
jewish court, capital case, sanhedrin: Hi Jake, In order for a Jewish court to sit on a capital case the Sanhedrin (The Jewish High Court of 71 judges) has to be sitting in the confines of the Temple in Jerusalem. Once the Sanhedrin is functioning in its place then even more minor courts...

Orthodox Judaism: the death penalty..., rabbi hillel, torah law
rabbi hillel, torah law, capital crime: Jake, Torah law (Deut. 17:6) requires two eye witnesses for someone to be put to death for a capital crime. Jewish law describes in detail the requirements for said witnesses. Around the Second-century, Rabbi Hillel developed a standard calendar because qualified...

Orthodox Judaism: Coming of the Mashiach, loose faith, word of god
Orthodox Judaism: Coming of the Mashiach, loose faith, word of god, lord thy god

Orthodox Judaism: Hebrew the original language, orthodox rabbinate, babel story
Orthodox Judaism: Hebrew the original language, orthodox rabbinate, babel story, biblical writings

Orthodox Judaism: follow-up question on 12 gems, snake 2, gem diamond
snake 2, gem diamond, menashe: Hi Al, The color of Dan s stone was opal. The image upside down represented the idea that Dan turned things on its face by bringing an idol out of Egypt. I think it probably has the ability to turn things round, not sure. Only Yoseph is represented...

Orthodox Judaism: food, kosher poultry, list of birds
kosher poultry, list of birds, bob bob: Bob- You re question is an amazing and important one, as you will see. Regarding the laws of kosher poultry and fowl -- the Torah only lists those birds which are FORBIDDEN. It does not list the ones which ARE kosher. We are told that anything...

Orthodox Judaism: food, chicken chickens, list of birds
chicken chickens, list of birds, hi bob: Hi Bob This is actually a very interesting question. As you have indicated, the Bible lists the birds that may NOT be eaten, not those that may be eaten (which includes chicken). Chickens were not brought as sacrifices, so chicken does not (to the best...

Orthodox Judaism: Gems of the 12 tribes, jewish sects, orthodox circles
jewish sects, orthodox circles, levitical priests: Hi Al, Sorry for the delay in answering. 1.The Sages I was referring to were the leading Torah scholars of their day. Up till the end of the 1st Temple these were usually prophets. 2.There are differing opinions about each stone but this is not considered...

Orthodox Judaism: Hebrew the original language, rabbinical school, understanding concepts
rabbinical school, understanding concepts, communication problem: Hi Al, Yes, Hebrew was the original language with no rabbinical conflict on this point. Hebrew is different from all other languages in that the letters used to make the words reflect the true essence and meaning of that word. In fact according to our...

Orthodox Judaism: hair curls..., hair curls, pagan priests
hair curls, pagan priests, hair straightener: Hi Han I had to laugh at the thought of all curly-haired people straightening their hair by law . The real meaning of this rule is that a man may shave the back and sides of his head, leaving a round clump of hair on top. Apparently, that was the hairstyle...

Orthodox Judaism: the holidays...., Jewish holidays
Jewish holidays: Jake, Thank you for your kind question. Righteous Gentiles may keep most of the holy days at least in part. We no longer offer the Passover sacrifice and Gentiles may certainly participate in a Passover seder. Sabbath can be kept, minus at least one law,...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism, adam and eve, tree of knowledge
adam and eve, tree of knowledge, deni: Hi Deni Judaism believes that people are basically good. The Torah describes that Adam and Eve originally lived in Eden or Paradise, a good world filled with good people. Circumstances (eating from the Tree of Knowledge) caused humans to fall and the world...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism, deni, judaism
deni, judaism, rabbi: Hi Deni Judaism believes that sin exists and that there are different types of sin: 1. Cheit - sins that a person commits accidentally or when he/ she does not achieve their spiritual potential. 2. Aveirah - deliberate sin. Judaism believes that...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism, torah scrolls, progressive communities
torah scrolls, progressive communities, shul: Hi Deni Jews pray in a Synagogue (or Shul, as it is often called). Jews pray in the morning and evening. A shul always has an Ark at the front, which contains the Torah scrolls that are read from at special service. Men and women sit separately while...

Orthodox Judaism: Kosher Cooking, baby cow, physical desires
baby cow, physical desires, kosher diet: Hi Lauren, Kosher veal and beef is completely permissible. Chicken and milk was forbidden by the Rabbis. Kosher chicken and eggs is fine. G-d in His infinite wisdom chose these laws, and the Rabbis forbid things which we may lead us to transgressing...

Orthodox Judaism: Memorising the Jewish scriptures, jewish scriptures, torah law
jewish scriptures, torah law, oral law: Hi Al, The Oral Law is very expansive, but the main part is the Mishne which is very brief and then the Talmud which goes in depth into the the Mishne. The Scriptures are only to be looked at as edited highlights of the Torah Law as the bulk is contained...

Orthodox Judaism: maternal lineage, jewish lineage, maternal lineage
jewish lineage, maternal lineage, austrian heritage: Dear Pamela, In order for her to have bearing on your religious ligeage, she would have had to have been your mother s maternal grandmother (not paternal), since Jewish lineage passes only through the mother. If it is confirmed that your great grandmother...

Orthodox Judaism: Passover Animal Sacrifice, rabbi tovia singer, prophet hosea
rabbi tovia singer, prophet hosea, animal sacrifice: Hello David, since we are unable to bring sacrifices without the Temple, we do not consider ourselves out of options at all. Prophets have spoken of such time, and given us ways to make up for the inability (not abolition - as you pointed out, the practice...

Orthodox Judaism: testament of issachar and test. of dan, google search, issachar
google search, issachar, google: Hello, I have never heard of these writings until now. I read a few verses after finding it with a quick google search online and it sounds very suspect to me. Dan was a son of Bilhah the haindmaid of Rachel and part of Joseph s household; Joseph protected...

Orthodox Judaism: testing God..., testing god, torah law
testing god, torah law, poisonous snakes: Vows and oaths are permitted by the Torah (Numbers 30) so long as they are not extreme, such as in the examples I noted in my first response or violate Torah law. A good example of a prohibited oath is promising to sacrfice the first thing to come out of the...

Orthodox Judaism: YHWH and the third commandment, kohen gadol, names of god
kohen gadol, names of god, word god: John- First of all -- every word of what you wrote is true and accurate, the there are a small minority of halachic authorities who suggest that one should not say the word Jehovah as it *might* be the name of God. However, there are also other names...

Orthodox Judaism: Brit Mila, authorities rule, yom tov
authorities rule, yom tov, travel difficulties: Hi Stuart Firstly, besha ah tovah! Please G-d everything should go well and everyone should be healthy. The only reasons to delay a Brit Mila are concerns for the baby s health and if it falls on Shabbat and there is concern that people may break Shabbat...

Orthodox Judaism: blood/temple, ancient israel, receptacle
ancient israel, receptacle, leftovers: Hi Pete, Blood from the neck at the time of slaughter was collected in a basin, part of it was then sprinkled on the alter, the leftovers were then poured out at the base of the alter. As far as all the other blood, there was a mini canal running...

Orthodox Judaism: G-D name - Jewish tradition, holy bible church, moses moses
Orthodox Judaism: G-D name - Jewish tradition, holy bible church, moses moses, hebrew scriptures

Orthodox Judaism: jewish belief in angels, belief in angels, rabbi
Orthodox Judaism: jewish belief in angels, belief in angels, rabbi

Orthodox Judaism: facial hair..., electric shavers, razor blades
electric shavers, razor blades, jewish man: Hi Han A Jew may not cut his beard/ facial hair with an exposed blade. That means that razor blades are not ok, but electric shavers are. Kabbalah teaches that the beard is holy and you shouldn t tamper with it, which explains why many religious Jews...

Orthodox Judaism: facial hair..., manual versions, safety razors
manual versions, safety razors, gillete: Shalom Shaving with a straigh razor- i.e an edged single blade is the category that is forbidden. In the modern era this essentially means that the following are forbidden: 1) Cut throat razors 2) Safety razors 3) Electrical razors using a single vibrating...

Orthodox Judaism: G-D name - Jewish tradition, high priests, jewish faith
high priests, jewish faith, divine name: Dear Richlo- We belive that the Divine name, the tetragrammaton is to be reserved for the Kohanim (the High Priests) in the Temple. Now that there is not a functioning Temple, the name has fallen into disuse and Adonai is used in prayer instead. ...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish belief in angels, fires of hell, fire and brimstone
fires of hell, fire and brimstone, winged angels: Lets handle the second part of the question first: What we believe in is euphemistically called The World to Come . Not much is taught on it (at least not in open sources.) It is not a world as we know it, nor are there beautiful gardens and winged angels...

Orthodox Judaism: nazirite obstinance..., nazirite vow, pasta sauces
nazirite vow, pasta sauces, multiplication tables: No; we don t kill ourselves to satisfy some bloodthirsty god; a notion of a suicide for any reason is preposterous to a Jew. Han, I sincerely recommend that you learn the basics of the Jewish religion - it will help in understanding the fact that the Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: nazirite obstinance numbers 6:1, nazirite vow, nazir
nazirite vow, nazir, nazirite: Shalom To start with: The vow of the nazirite is dealt with in detail in the Talmud in masechta Nazir; parts of the detais of the vow, how to rescind it etc are dealt with in masechta Nedarim. What is a nazir forbidden form? Only three things: 1)...

Orthodox Judaism: nazirite obstinance..., mental health provider, nazarite vow
mental health provider, nazarite vow, obstinance: Han, While I appreciate your zeal, you are putting the cart way before the horse. You are not even Jewish yet and are already wanting to take a Nazarite vow. As the other expert already told you, without a Temple, this vow cannot be undertaken because the...

Orthodox Judaism: an odd thing to ask...., orthodox jewish family, becoming a jew
orthodox jewish family, becoming a jew, religious preference: Hi Han, I think the most important thing for you is to get well emotionally and physically. Once you feel strong enough to be on your own, I would recommend just taking it slow in terms of your religious quest. I am not sure of your religious preference at...

Orthodox Judaism: Presentation on Orthodox Judaism, branches of judaism, orthodox judaism
branches of judaism, orthodox judaism, orthodox jew: Dear Elizabeth, I ll try to answer your request in the order that you presented it. (Obviously, all my information pertains to orthodox Jews. I am not familiar with other branches of Judaism.) Hats and covering the head: men cover their head with a cap...

Orthodox Judaism: period cleanliness...., mikva, impurity
mikva, impurity, waiting period: Dear Hahn- A woman who has had her period does not make anything or anyone impure. Once a woman gets her period, she is forbidden to have relations with her husband. After her period and an additional required waiting period, she immerse herself into...

Orthodox Judaism: period cleanliness...., judaism 101, conversion classes
judaism 101, conversion classes, rabbi: Han, The rules of Niddah are quite in-depth and require consultation with a Rabbi. This is one of the many subjects you will study in depth during your conversion classes. They do not apply to non-Jews so I shouldn t worry about yet. Shalom! PS You might...

Orthodox Judaism: Religion, religion 1, rabbi
religion 1, rabbi, religions: Hi Henry I m not sure that I can list all the religions out there, there are hundreds. This link may help you: http://tinyurl.com/kkk5m. As for emailing all the experts at once, I don t believe that is possible. If you look through the FAQ on this...

Orthodox Judaism: Reverend, rabbinical seminary, conversion status
rabbinical seminary, conversion status, hi mike: Hi Mike Maimonides writes that the Jewish community may not remind a convert of his/ her past, as the Torah forbids us to shame a convert. Although you may have no qualms about the title reverend , other community members may read it as permission to refer...

Orthodox Judaism: sacrifice...., ritual cleanliness, fellow jew
ritual cleanliness, fellow jew, orthodox jew: Hi Han, We can only bring sacrifices on the Altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. We must be in a tahor state (ritual cleanliness) and we must establish who is a true Kohen, a descendant in the male line exclusively from Aaron the High Priest without any blemishes...

Orthodox Judaism: sacrifice and conversion...., rabbinical judaism, true repentance
rabbinical judaism, true repentance, orthodox jew: Hon, Conversion to Judaism is a lengthy process and a lifetime commitment. It takes years of study even for someone who is already familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures. It is not something to be taken lightly. Your first step would be to contact a local Orthodox...

Orthodox Judaism: how do you see salvation, messiah yeshua, special prayer
messiah yeshua, special prayer, jewish study: Hi Frank, I am not sure I understand your question, sounds like you have a lot of emotion behind it. If you re asking about mashiach - yes, the Jewish people believe there will be the world to come, and Mashiach will usher in that era. Mashiach, however,...

Orthodox Judaism: the temple, temple institute, ancient israel
temple institute, ancient israel, spiritual value: Hi Pete Big bloody mess - LOL : ) Truthfully, the Temple was quite messy at that time of the year. They say that people who did not appreciate the spiritual value of the Temple experience or who had not been primed for their first visit were often taken...

Orthodox Judaism: tokens of virginity, Deut. XXII:13 ff, kiddushin, marriage ceremony
kiddushin, marriage ceremony, bed coverings: Dear Chaya, The burden of proof would lie on the husband to prove that she had committed adultery after the kiddushin, the first stage of marriage. If she had, she would be punishable by death. The proofs of her virginity spoken about in the verses...

Orthodox Judaism: about unclean pottery...., torah law, dead rat
torah law, dead rat, food maker: Hi Han, You definitely cannot know and aren t expected to know everything that happened to the water prior to you using it. You have to inspect things to the best of your knowledge and be reasonably sure that the food or water isn t contaminated; however,...

Orthodox Judaism: on unclean pottery part 2, torah commandment, some rabbis
torah commandment, some rabbis, unclean food: That is what it boils down to (excuse the pun...) kashrut laws are not about physical health, but spiritual health. what many people failt to realise is that a cow that is not slaughtered in the correct way is just as forbidden as pork or shellfish- even...

Orthodox Judaism: unlcean pottery..., jewish temple in jerusalem, torah law
jewish temple in jerusalem, torah law, jersualem: Hi Han It seems you ve got quite a lot of stuff going on there :) For some reason, the Divine Author of the Torah specifically chose to design it with all the real meaning beneath the surface. I guess He wants us to search for Truth and not simply to...

Orthodox Judaism: Women's Hair, converting to judaism, hair coverings
converting to judaism, hair coverings, orthodox women: Hi J, Jewish women cover their hair not because it is shameful but rather because of the laws of modesty. Once you re married only your husband is allowed to see your hair. However, when you are in your home the law allows you to be without a hair covering...

Orthodox Judaism: Adultery, adultery, principle
adultery, principle, marriage: When the verse speaks about getting married it says When a man takes a woman.. meaning that the women is acquired by her husband. Thus if she is unfaithful, she is breaking her commitment in the marriage. A man on the other hand, is not acquired by his wife...

Orthodox Judaism: Baby names, hebrew names, jewish name
hebrew names, jewish name, biblical names: It is hard for me to answer this question. Every community has different names that are more prevalent in those areas. Some give Biblical names others give Hebrew names or even Yiddish. Perhaps I can refer you to a Rabbi who knows your background and can help...

Orthodox Judaism: branches of judaism, branches of judaism, reform judaism
branches of judaism, reform judaism, branches of christianity: Hi Alex I think it would be accurate to say that Jewish branches often criticise each other and vehemently debate ideology, but those debates remain largely ideological and seldom translate into animosity. You can expect to find some religious groups that...

Orthodox Judaism: burial, principles of jewish law, burial space
principles of jewish law, burial space, intricate details: Hi Charmaine Thank you for your question. I have to admit that I was unaware of such a practice before you sent your question, but you got me thinking. You reminded me of a visit I made years ago to an area near Safed, where there are ancient catacombs...

Orthodox Judaism: Communication, doctors and nurses, orthodox jews
doctors and nurses, orthodox jews, jewish adults: Dear Bill, I will try to answer your question as clearly as possible. Orthodox Jews are very diverse, in that many of the issues you raised are not so much cultural as much as personal. Many of them (mostly men, it seems to me) gesture with their...

Orthodox Judaism: Cooking for Shabbat/ Rosh Hashana, crock pot, heating element
crock pot, heating element, warm oven: Dear Renee, First of all, I am so sorry that it took so long to get back to you. I was writing you an answer and my computer froze up, so I had to re-boot, and forgot about it until now. I hope my answer will come in time and still help you. The first thing...

Orthodox Judaism: customs, mazel tov, maternity ward
mazel tov, maternity ward, bloody show: Dear Sandy, The most prevalent custom, actually Jewish law, is that a husband may not have any physical contact with his wife, starting from the onset of her bloody show through and including the after birth. This manifests itself in him not being able to...

Orthodox Judaism: Adultery, reform judaism, inner spirit
Orthodox Judaism: Adultery, reform judaism, inner spirit, jewish faith

Orthodox Judaism: branches of judaism, orthodox perspective, jewish denominations
Orthodox Judaism: branches of judaism, orthodox perspective, jewish denominations, definite trend

Orthodox Judaism: original sin and Jesus's death?, fathers of the church, christian teaching
Orthodox Judaism: original sin and Jesus's death?, fathers of the church, christian teaching, original sin

Orthodox Judaism: tephilin, female emancipation, rashi
Orthodox Judaism: tephilin, female emancipation, rashi, commentators

Orthodox Judaism: god, thoughtful question, sense of purpose
thoughtful question, sense of purpose, happiness: Dear Leon, Thoughtful question indeed. Actually, I found it intriguing. If it would really be as simple as that, not making such a difference knowing if there is a God or not, you would probably not care to ask the question at all. I think one of the many...

Orthodox Judaism: Hair coverings, hair coverings, unfaithful wife
hair coverings, unfaithful wife, married women: Aliana-Only married women cover their hair. The reasoning behind it is learned out from a verse in the Bible regarding the Sotah (unfaithful wife). The verse says that her hair gets uncovered as to disgrace her for her actions. If the verse states to uncover...

Orthodox Judaism: head or body bobbing, riding on a camel, muslim rule
riding on a camel, muslim rule, hi mike: Hi Mike, The historical facts about the Muslims banning Jews from riding camels sounds right, but the theory about the bobbing sounds very far-fetched to me. I have heard 3 reasons that have been given:- 1. There was a shortage of books so you had...

Orthodox Judaism: head covering, candle lighting time, shabbos candles
candle lighting time, shabbos candles, orthodox practice: Dear Avraham- Thank you for your question. The answer, however, is indeed - brief. It s quite simple. According to orthodox practice, a married woman is to have her hair covered at all times. Most women use a wig or scarf for this purpose. However,...

Orthodox Judaism: Kosher, kosher fish, orthodox jews
kosher fish, orthodox jews, kosher symbols: It is very considerate of you to take their needs into consideration. Orthodox Jews eat Kosher food. This can be explore in two ways, what to stay away from and what to get. Let s go! You would want to stay away from any products that contain meat or...

Orthodox Judaism: kosher, slaughter animals, kosher animal
slaughter animals, kosher animal, precise laws: Hi Natasha, Short question, long answer. There are many complicated steps in the process of meat being kosher.I ll try to list them in a simple manner. Firstly, it has to be a kosher animal. A kosher animal s signs are 1.chewing its cud and 2.split hooves....

Orthodox Judaism: Meaning of "sin", correct english word, different meaning
correct english word, different meaning, yom kippur: Hi Diane, There are all kinds of different words for sins in Hebrew each one expresses a different meaning. The most common one we use on Yom Kippur is chatayim which means accidental sins. In context this means that deep down we never intended...

Orthodox Judaism: menstrual cleaniliness...(part3), ritual bath, t touch
ritual bath, t touch, law states: Dear Han, The issue of furniture was one that applied when the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing - about 2,000 years ago. It is not relevant to today s era, and has no effect on our lives today. After a woman stops menstruating, she counts seven days...

Orthodox Judaism: number 9 significance, happy marriage, jewish law
happy marriage, jewish law, number nine: Hi Christine To be honest, Jews don t generally attach much significance to the secular date. But, we do attach significance to the number nine (although not as much as we do to 18, as you ve indicated). The number three is significant in Judaism- the...

Orthodox Judaism: original sin and Jesus's death?, vicarious atonement, king josiah
vicarious atonement, king josiah, warm affection: Hello Joan Marie, sorry for the extreme tardiness of this response; with the abundance of Jewish holidays in the past couple of weeks, I found myself slightly more preoccupied and didn t get to do the research the right way until now. Hope you re still interested...

Orthodox Judaism: pre-marital sex, pre marital sex, torah law
pre marital sex, torah law, mikva: Dear Alex- You ask a good question. First of all - it is important to note that Jewish law consists not only of Torah law, but of Talmudic law, as well. The Torah itself only forbids sexual relations with a woman who has had her period until she immerses...

Orthodox Judaism: Shabbos, torah scholar, wheat mill
torah scholar, wheat mill, good company: Dear Josh Fantastic question. Truth is, you had me scratching my head for awhile. Why can t you indeed? After doing my research I found out that you are in good company. This question was discussed many years ago in albeit a different scenario. The question...

Orthodox Judaism: Shaking hands, physical relationship, reason men
physical relationship, reason men, strange women: Dear Emmaline, Good question! The reason men don t shake hands with women, is not about measuring equality, rather about forming relationships. To discourage forming any illicit physical relationship, the Bible prohibits any form of touching to a strange...

Orthodox Judaism: Sinning by mistake, day of atonement, kosher meat
day of atonement, kosher meat, unfortunate one: Dear Chana The situation was indeed an unfortunate one. Is it a sin? The answer is yes. It is called an unintentional sin and repentance is required. How could they repent? The repentance would be to explicitly state to God the sin done with sincere regret....

Orthodox Judaism: separation between men and women, improper relationships, having babies
improper relationships, having babies, jewish men: Dear Abigail We separate genders so as to discourage improper relationships, however we definitely advocate marriage and having children. It is our approach to marriage that is probably foreign to you. Our approach is not though mingling, flirting or living...

Orthodox Judaism: tephilin, tefillin, mitzva
tefillin, mitzva, sorry for the delay: Hi Edward, sorry for the delay. The source and reason for wearing Tefillin are one and the same. It is a verse in the Torah which states that you should put Tefillin (lit. Totaphos) between your eyes and bind them around your hand. Women are exempt from wearing...

Orthodox Judaism: 1st Haircut for Boys, subtle reminder, aleph bet
subtle reminder, aleph bet, kippa: Hi Susan, According to our tradition an embryo learns the whole Torah from an angel while it is in the womb. However, when it makes it s entry into the world, all is forgotten. The parents let his hair grow as a subtle reminder of his loss (like...

Orthodox Judaism: the asheret hadibroit, mitzvot, utterances
mitzvot, utterances, adultery: Hi Grabriel, The 10 dibrot correspond to the 10 utterances of creation. These mitzvot are the roots to all the 613 mitzvot. There is no one punishment for transgressing these mitzvot, although quite a few carry the death penalty under certain...

Orthodox Judaism: bribery, noun verb, bribe
noun verb, bribe, valuable consideration: Shalom No. A bribe is a payment to someone to get them to do something illegal in order to corrupt them. Here is the official definitian from the dictionary: bribe  /braɪb/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [brahyb] Show IPA noun, verb,...

Orthodox Judaism: Coverting to Orthodox Judaism, ruby dear, dear ruby
ruby dear, dear ruby, born jew: Dear Ruby- This is becoming more and more common. And that s a good thing! If the person is certainly Jewish (i.e. his mother is a born Jew or converted in an orthodox manner) there is nothing involved! He is Jewish and can get right into becoming more...

Orthodox Judaism: Why is christianity successful?, observant jew, rabbi
observant jew, rabbi, christianity: Donna, Thank you for your kind question. I believe the answer is simply that G-d forewarned us that others would tempt us to go astray and follow after their gods. Like Avraham, we all have our tests of faith. If the gods of others were not tempting (not...

Orthodox Judaism: God, moral life, appearence
moral life, appearence, gentile: Dear Madhu G-d does not judge people by colour and does not want a person to have a white appearance to be happy. The G-d of Israel is the Supreme Being, Creator of all life. G-d wants every human being to live a G-d fearing and moral life. That means:...

Orthodox Judaism: Helel, king james bible, royal households
king james bible, royal households, book of isaiah: The relevant verse here is אֵיךְ נָפַלְתָּ מִשָּׁמַיִם, הֵילֵל בֶּן-שָׁחַר;...

Orthodox Judaism: hebrew name, hebrew name, naming ceremony
hebrew name, naming ceremony, gabriella: Dear Gabriella- Don t worry! Even if you have never been given a Hebrew name you can still be given one. The way this is usually done is for a brief naming ceremony to take place in your local synagogue. Your rabbi should be able to perform this....

Orthodox Judaism: AM I Jewish?, yad vashem holocaust museum, yad vashem
yad vashem holocaust museum, yad vashem, soroka medical center: Hi Mark, This is by far not my forte. But I do want to help you. There must be people who get involved with Jewish genealogy, perhaps an internet search might put you in touch with them. There are databases on the internet such as jewishgen.org. Finally,...

Orthodox Judaism: Lunch/Business Etiquette, head nod, lunch business
head nod, lunch business, formal situations: Dear Tobias, Orthodox Jewish men and women usually do not touch each other unless blood related. I would recommend that you shake her husband s hand and give a small head nod/slight bow of recognition in her direction, with whatever verbal greeting you...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiach, donkeys 2000, isaiah 49
donkeys 2000, isaiah 49, clouds of heaven: Hi Chris, there is no mention of the SECOND coming because there will be ONLY ONE coming of the Mashiach. Prophecies in Isaiah 49-53 have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus; and do you have any idea how many people entered Jerusalem on donkeys 2000 years...

Orthodox Judaism: Passover Haggadah, passover seder, jewish theological seminary
passover seder, jewish theological seminary, seders: Dear Katie- This type of historical matter is by far not my expertise. Regarding #1 - I do not know what song your are referring to. I have never sung such a song at my seders. I suspect you might be confusing this hineni muchan umezuman recited as...

Orthodox Judaism: a question about hell and another one too.., rabbi moshe, hebrew words
rabbi moshe, hebrew words, ramchal: Shalom Sorry for taking a while to answer your question, but I have been away. There is no concept of eternal punishment in Judaism. The idea of being tortured forever in hell is not a Jewish one and is not found in Jewish sources- the closest thing...

Orthodox Judaism: Shivah, kind gesture, head coverings
kind gesture, head coverings, jewish friend: Donna, Thank you for the kind question and for your compassion at this family s loss. A sh va visit by a friend is always a kind gesture, regardless of the friend s faith. So long as the pants would be appropriate for church (dress, not jeans, etc) then they...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving and wigs, orthodox jewish women, jewish bride
orthodox jewish women, jewish bride, chanuka: Yakov, I m sorry, but I know nothing of the story you ve described above. As you know already, Orthodox Jewish women wear a wig because a woman s hair is one of the most senuous parts of her body and it is appropriate, therefore, only for her husband to see...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving and wigs again, gemorrah, jewish bride
gemorrah, jewish bride, kiddushin: Before that time wigs were uncommon- but the hair was fully covered by a scarf or hood. We see this in the Talmud where it calls for ALL the hair to be covered and none to be loose. By the standards in the Talmud, a simple handkerchief under which most of...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving and wigs, jewish bride, chanuka
jewish bride, chanuka, yakov: Dear Yakov Apparently there was a time in either Hungary or Rumania when such a decree existed and the women did in fact shave their heads to scare off the governor (or whoever it was who intended to violate brides). However, the concept of head-covering...

Orthodox Judaism: shaving and wigs, jewish bride, chanuka
jewish bride, chanuka, berl: Dear Yakov- I have heard this in the past, but I have not undertaken any further research on the issue. This is a question for Rabbi Berl Wein. I encourage you to contact him. He can be reached via his website: http://www.rabbiwein.com/ Good luck!...

Orthodox Judaism: Bible, personal tests, evil plans
personal tests, evil plans, wicked person: Hi Jack You could interpret this phrase in two ways: 1. G-d foils the evil plans of the wicked and they don t succeed. OR 2. G-d undermines the wicked nature of a wicked person (perhaps by sending him personal tests like illness, financial troubles...

Orthodox Judaism: The Bible, 92a, rabbi
92a, rabbi, ari: Hi! I think you might be referring to the Talmudic teaching that He who prays for his fellowman, while he himself has the same need, will be answered first. (Bava Kamma 92a). It reasons to say that the reverse is true, as well. (i.e. if you wish...

Orthodox Judaism: Canaan Curse, father noah, shem and japheth
father noah, shem and japheth, two brethren: Hi Rami, It is only hinted at in the Torah which is what I tried to point out in #8. Jews have a vast oral tranmission of how to understand the Written Torah. It is very sophisticated and detailed, without it the Written Torah is like a closed book....

Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah 53, jew and gentile, hebrew scripture
Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah 53, jew and gentile, hebrew scripture, jesus of nazareth

Orthodox Judaism: Isaiah 53, isaiah 53, bnei yisrael
isaiah 53, bnei yisrael, metaphor: Isaiah 53 refers to the entirety of Bnei Yisrael, the whole nation. Don t forget that when the book was originally written there were no chapter or verse breaks, these were added in centuries later to aid in referencing and studying. As such, this chapter...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism, cardinal sins, laws of judaism
cardinal sins, laws of judaism, leviticus 18: Hi Denise The principle is that preservation of life supersedes all laws of the Torah, except for idolatry, adultery and murder (i.e. a person is required to give up their life rather than transgress one of those cardinal sins). In Leviticus (18:5),...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish customs and traditions, jewish customs and traditions, customs and traditions
jewish customs and traditions, customs and traditions, torah laws: Hi Gloria, There is no quick answer to this question. It takes a vaste amount of study to know what is what in Judaism. There is Torah law, which includes all the oral transmission on how to carry out the laws in practice; Rabbinic law which mainly...

Orthodox Judaism: Sukkot, messianic age, sukkot
messianic age, sukkot, rainy season: Hi Joel The prophecy that the gentiles will celebrate Sukkot comes from Zechariah (chapter 14). In context, he describes a terrible plague that will afflict the nations of the world at the start of the Messianic age. Seeing as that plague will occur on...

Orthodox Judaism: The Tribe of Judah, tribe of judah, son of jacob and leah
tribe of judah, son of jacob and leah, fourth son of jacob: Per New World Encyclopedia: Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah (Gen. 29:35). Judah s daughter-in-law Tamar played a pivotal role in ensuring the survival of Judah s lineage, giving birth to the twins Peres and Zerah. Later, Judah and his sons went...

Orthodox Judaism: yod, hebrew scriptures, rabbi chaim
hebrew scriptures, rabbi chaim, torah scroll: Hi Joel Thanks for your question, you sent me on a very interesting bout of research. There used to be a custom to start all but six columns of the Sefer Torah with the letter VAV. The custom is pretty controversial, with sages such as Maimonides opposing...

Orthodox Judaism: the Bible, mamzer, many generations
mamzer, many generations, tenth generation: Joe- This passage refers to one born out of an Adulterous relationship. Adultery is defined as a married woman having relations with another man (not her husband). The child which results from such a union is known as a mamzer. Here is everything...

Orthodox Judaism: Talmud, crimes against children, hadar
Orthodox Judaism: Talmud, crimes against children, hadar, accusations

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Judaism views surrounding pregnancy, judaism views, sabbath laws
judaism views, sabbath laws, orthodox judaism: Dear Michelle, Thank you for your interest in other cultures. I m so glad that nurses are being taught to respect and accommodate beliefs and customs that they themselves may not practice. (Religious customs, obviously, but also birthing choices, such...

Orthodox Judaism: Solomon (again), hebrew scriptures, pet peeve
hebrew scriptures, pet peeve, monolatry: Peter, Good morning! I thought perhaps we had made some progress on this subject since I had not heard from you in several months. I am sorry to see that this is not the case. I would be VERY interested in knowing why this subject is so important to you....

Orthodox Judaism: Stoning, methods of capital punishment, mosaic law
methods of capital punishment, mosaic law, good question: Joel- Its a good question, but the reality is that the 4 methods of capital punishment used in the ancient Jewish courts (stoning, burning, choking, beheading) come directly from the Torah. Hence, it is as if they are Divine decrees. Hope this helps!...

Orthodox Judaism: Stoning., types of capital punishment, oral tradition
types of capital punishment, oral tradition, mosaic law: Hi Joel, There are 4 ways of types of capital punishment in the Torah: Stoning,strangulation,burning, and decapitation. Different offences required a specific one to be used. The oral tradition from Sinai requires us to do them in a way which is the...

Orthodox Judaism: Talmud, babylonian talmud, legal wife
babylonian talmud, legal wife, land of israel: You make it sound like prostitution when you say ... male have sex with... . I would rephrase this in the context of marital relations. To answer your question, who are we to impose our preconceived notions upon another society with different mores from...

Orthodox Judaism: Talmud, babylonian talmud, legal wife
babylonian talmud, legal wife, land of israel: Hi William It looks like you ve stumbled upon one of the perennial attempts to discredit the Talmud by quoting passages out of context. I wouldn t pay attention to such aspersions and would only trust quotations that are presented with the full context...

Orthodox Judaism: Tanakh canonical books, old testament books, five books of moses
old testament books, five books of moses, books of moses: Hi Rami, Tenach is an acronym for Torah, Ne viim and Kusuvim. Torah is the Five Books of Moses, Neviim are the prophets and Kusuvim and are the Holy Writing like Psalms and Ester. Only these are are considered authentic to the Jewsih tradition. The...

Orthodox Judaism: Temple, dear frank, sacrifices
dear frank, sacrifices, rabbi: Dear Frank- Once the Temple was constructed it was forbidden to offer sacrifices outside the Temple. Before it was constructed, sacrifices were often permitted anywhere. Hence, the prohibition was enacted long after the Bible was completed. It is...

Orthodox Judaism: women prayer times, magen avraham, kaluach
magen avraham, kaluach, halachic times: Shalom Women are not obligated to the entire Shacharis service but only to saying the Shema. It is preferable for her to say it before the end of zman shema (for the exact time you can download Kaluach which has the halachic times, but you need to know...

Orthodox Judaism: cows, jewish mysticism, mystical concept
jewish mysticism, mystical concept, diary products: Shalom Henrik I understand that Rav Kook did make reference to a vegetarian approach within Judaism. There is some debate between contemporary scholars as to how we should apply Rav Kook s principles in practice. The majority of Torah sources, however,...

Orthodox Judaism: Final Punishment, orthodox judaism, rogues
orthodox judaism, rogues, punishments: Hi Ginger Judaism doesn t believe in final punishment . We believe that every soul goes through a cleansing process (called Gehinnom or purgatory) to remove all its sins. That s the point- G-d wants to help cleanse our sins, not punish us. Of course, we...

Orthodox Judaism: genesis 2;17, christian viewpoint, adam and eve
christian viewpoint, adam and eve, garden of eden: Hi Kerry You make a good point in your question- G-d removed Adam and Eve from Eden AFTER eating from the Tree of Knowledge, so that they would not eat from the Tree of Life. That implies that they were not destined to be immortal until they would eat from...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah and Sabbath, rabbi akiba, biblical commentators
rabbi akiba, biblical commentators, observing the sabbath: Hello Leanna, The phrase you quoted is actually authored by one of the most famed Biblical commentators, Nachmanides, who said The seventh day is an indication of the world-to-come that is all Sabbath. Let me see if I can help with the better understanding...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah and Sabbath, observing the sabbath, elie wiesel
observing the sabbath, elie wiesel, seventh day adventists: Leanna- We believe that in the Messianic era every day will have the same joy, comfort, and serenity as we experience on Shabbat each week. That being said, there will still the formal Shabbat , the seventh day of the week on which all work is forbidden....

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah and Sabbath, observing the sabbath, sabbath days
observing the sabbath, sabbath days, elie wiesel: Hi Leanna Considering that Wiesel s book is a novel, you should not expect it to necessarily convey such a concept in more than a fleeting reference. In other words, there s more to the story. While his wording may be that the weekdays will dissolve away...

Orthodox Judaism: Messiah and Sabbath, observing the sabbath, elie wiesel
observing the sabbath, elie wiesel, seventh day adventists: Hi Leanna, This appears to me to be inaccurate. This does not occur with the coming of the Messiah, but rather a stage later, after the resurrection of the dead. Those that are judged for eternal life will live in an era when it is only Shabbat,...

Orthodox Judaism: messiah, torah observance, torah scholar
torah observance, torah scholar, jewish temple in jerusalem: Hi Zack Isaiah is full of Messianic prophecies throughout and Daniel also carries some Messianic prophecies. For a thorough understanding of the biblical prophecies regarding the Messiah, I would recommend starting from Genesis 1 with the original commentaries...

Orthodox Judaism: Question, jewish couple, shulchan aruch
jewish couple, shulchan aruch, rabbi: Dear Dana, According to many (I believe most, but I m not a talmudical scholar), oral sex is permitted. It is kissing her there and staring at her there that is either not allowed, or not encouraged, depending on the rabbi and his ruling. It is also permissible...

Orthodox Judaism: wigs, mystical reason, mystical significance
mystical reason, mystical significance, energy centre: Hi Michelle Great question! The truth is that a woman doesn t cover her hair so she won t look good or to hide hair from sight. She covers her hair because of the mystical significance of female hair. Yes, I know that everyone claims it s because...

Orthodox Judaism: X-mas, x mas gifts, homeless shelter
x mas gifts, homeless shelter, emet: Hi Emet, Jews should not be involved with X-mas or give donations to Christian causes. We can be open minded about non-Jews practicing other religions, so long as they are not idol worshipers, however it is not for us to be involved with them. We santify...

Orthodox Judaism: is there everlasting life, everlasting covenant, firstborn child
everlasting covenant, firstborn child, life question: Frank, the reason Christians feel we re lost is because we don t believe in Jesus. It s that simple. But we don t need to believe in Jesus because our salvation is certain if we follow G-d s manual for living - the Torah and Commandments. I don t think...

Orthodox Judaism: evil spirits?, instinctive nature, evil spirits
instinctive nature, evil spirits, evil thanks: Hi Christine Free will is unique to humans. Angels, demons and spirits are created to either be good or evil. They have no choice in the matter and lack the ability to change their nature. In a sense, these creatures are like animals that behave according...

Orthodox Judaism: blood on the door post, passover lamb, calling jesus
Orthodox Judaism: blood on the door post, passover lamb, calling jesus, passover

Orthodox Judaism: forgiveness, day of atonement, orthodox judaism
day of atonement, orthodox judaism, jewish year: Dear Saundra, We learn that it is a very special thing to forgive someone, even if they haven t asked for forgiveness. On Yom Kippur, the day of atonement in the Jewish year, there are prayers specifically asking G-d to accept our forgiveness of people who...

Orthodox Judaism: G_d is a Spirit, adam and eve in the garden, dear don
adam and eve in the garden, dear don, everlasting arms: Dear Don, This is a good question. G-d does not have a form, but the verses are written this way to make it understandable to us, who have a form. Meaning, the words finger or arms are used to give us a point of reference, or to bring it to our level...

Orthodox Judaism: G_d is a Spirit, adam and eve in the garden, adam and eve
adam and eve in the garden, adam and eve, everlasting arms: Don, Excellent question. Simply answered, the anthropomorphisms in the Torah are used for 2 purposes: 1) To deal with man in a way in which he can relate to what is happening (G-d sees us and deals with us where He finds us) 2) We are the only religion...

Orthodox Judaism: Hashem-end of times, patriarch abraham, seeming contradiction
patriarch abraham, seeming contradiction, mishnah: Hi Christine, there is a limit to how evil one can become before he loses a portion in the World To Come. However... The Kabbalistic classic entitled Emek HaMelech writes: Now children, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of G-d, and His holy love for...

Orthodox Judaism: idolatry..., operative phrase, believer in god
operative phrase, believer in god, screenplay: Hi Peter, Yes, I am sure they don t. Because the operative phrase is for the purpose of worship - and unless one decides to pray to a photograph or to a statue and worship it - it s a piece of art and not an idol. God who creates the world every second...

Orthodox Judaism: idolatry..., orthodox churches, believer in god
orthodox churches, believer in god, 2d images: Can 2d images count as idolatry? Sure- if they are intended as such. People can bow down to any images and things like icons in some of the Orthodox churches would definitely count as idolatry. However, with 2d art there is more room for leniency with paintings/drawings...

Orthodox Judaism: idolatry..., images of lions, hebrew terms
images of lions, hebrew terms, image and likeness: Hi Peter The Hebrew terms pesel and temunah which are used in the verse that you ve referenced mean graven image and likeness respectively. These terms refer to 3D images. That said, it is possible to use a 2D image as an idol. The Torah forbids...

Orthodox Judaism: idolatry..., internet connection problems, believer in god
internet connection problems, believer in god, screenplay: Peter- I m so sorry I haven t answered your question sooner. I had Internet connection problems and could not access my AllExperts account. I have not looked into your question yet. If it is still necessary for you to get an answer, please re-email me about...

Orthodox Judaism: the image of G-d...., physical resemblance, god answer
physical resemblance, god answer, moreh: When G-d is being described as having a particular emotion, it is to convey a concept to us in a manner we can relate to. G-d is not a man or a physical being- he does not have glands, a brain, hormones, chemicals etc all of which play a role in how we experience...

Orthodox Judaism: Noachide laws, Noachide laws, golden calf
Noachide laws, golden calf, idolatry: Very good question. I love to see people asking tough questions rather than just taking whatever dish they are served. The answer is one of logic rather than pure belief. Remember when Moses was informed by G-d that the people were worshiping the calf?...

Orthodox Judaism: peyot..., orthodox rabbi, peyot
orthodox rabbi, peyot, mitzvah: Strictly speaking the peyot only ave to be up to the joint where the jaw connects to the skull. As long as the hair covers this point, you can cut them without violating the commandment. Wearing it longer than this would be a chumra within certain communities,...

Orthodox Judaism: Research on the 12 tribes of Israel, 12 tribes of israel, tribes of israel
12 tribes of israel, tribes of israel, twelve tribes: Hi Timothy, Sorry for the delay in answering. Here are some of them that I know:- Asher --- Olives Gad and Reuven ---- Livestock Zevulen ---- International trade Naftali ---- Fruits Yissachar ---- Produce (although their main occupation was...

Orthodox Judaism: Left and Right hand, hand god, psalms 118
hand god, psalms 118, jewish tradition: Dear Priscilla- In Jewish tradition the right hand, and in fact, the right side of the body, is always given preference. This is based on Psalms 118:16. For example, the blessing over wine is always made while holding the wine in the right hand, one should...

Orthodox Judaism: Spirit vs body, adam and eve in the garden, everlasting arms
adam and eve in the garden, everlasting arms, adam and eve: Hi Don, It is a very critical and essential belief of Judaism that G-d has no physical properties at all. The only reason the Torah speaks as though He has hands and feet etc, is just so we can get a handle on what is happening. We can only understand...

Orthodox Judaism: sabbath..., sexual immorality, nefesh
sexual immorality, nefesh, adultery: Then the army fights... There is a concept known as Pikuach Nefesh . Essentially, when it comes to saving or preserving life there are only three things that are forbidden: 1)Idoltary 2)Murder 3)Sexual immorality (specifically defined as sodomy, incest,...

Orthodox Judaism: is it a sin for a Noahide to eat a rare steak?, talmudic scholar, noahide
talmudic scholar, noahide, rare steak: Hi Christine That is a very interesting question. When Jews prepare meat, we take a number of steps in the slaughtering and preparation of the meat to ensure that there is no blood left in the meat. Once we ve done that, we can eat a rare steak without...

Orthodox Judaism: suicide..., jewish belief, sixth commandment
jewish belief, sixth commandment, family hope: Peter, The Sixth Commandment prohibits murder, including of one s self. Yes it is against G-d s will and therefore a sin, but there are 612 more potential sins out there as well. Some sins are worse than others and I would not begin to try to tell you how...

Orthodox Judaism: Titus being denied heaven, dear christine, busy days
dear christine, busy days, google: Dear Christine, I m sorry I had a few busy days and didn t have time to look up the particulars. Titus was denied heaven because he was the man who destroyed the second Temple in Jerusalem, and killed and viciously tortured many people during that time...

Orthodox Judaism: Torah's Outlook VS American Cultural Outlook, progressive thinker, personal belief
progressive thinker, personal belief, klal: Hi Shlomo, You are asking very interesting questions; we live in challenging times and it is refreshing to see someone who doesn t just take anything being told but wants to delve in the underlying forces that drive these issues. On the other hand I am...

Orthodox Judaism: wars..., human history, greeks
human history, greeks, rebellion: Hi Peter, There was a war with the Greeks. The Chasmonayim, priests descended from Aaron, led a rebellion against them and were victorious. Bar Kochba led a rebellion against the Romans, had some success but was ultimately defeated. All the best,...

Orthodox Judaism: Yiddish Translation, yiddish translation, orthodox judaism
yiddish translation, orthodox judaism, paternal grandparents: Dear Peter, I m so glad I was able to help! Usually it s easier to decode something like this when there is more text to compare each letter. It is very probably Rivkeh, written using the Yiddish spelling as opposed to the Hebrew. But that would be reasonable,...

Orthodox Judaism: Bioethics, progressive jews, progressive judaism
progressive jews, progressive judaism, good luck with your report: Hi Sarah Orthodox Judaism does not consider rape to be reason enough to justify an abortion. I know this is completely different to modern secular thinking, but the Talmud teaches that a soul is assigned to a foetus at conception, which makes the foetus...

Orthodox Judaism: biblical hermeneutic, torah laws, halachic questions
torah laws, halachic questions, logical application: Hi Alexander, This a very fundamental question. It is best been dealt with by a book called Anvil OF Sinai by Rabbi Zechariah Fendel. I will quote some relevant parts, my comments are in parenthesis. With each passing generation new circumstances...

Orthodox Judaism: Covenant, sinaitic covenant, jeremiah 31
sinaitic covenant, jeremiah 31, book of hebrews: Hi David, You re absolutely right, G-d made the only covenant necessary until the messianic age. Once it arrives, the original covenant will be fulfilled, which is when Jeremiah 31 will fully apply. Jeremiah 30 v. 9 is typically taken to refer to the fact...

Orthodox Judaism: eating habits, Jesus not the messiah
Jesus not the messiah: Clyde, I have seen this question in several similar forms throughout the years and at least one expert has answered it. If memory serves me correctly, the basic question has something to do with Jesus shroud which was reportedly found folded in his tomb....

Orthodox Judaism: Covenant, syriac versions, jeremiah 31
Orthodox Judaism: Covenant, syriac versions, jeremiah 31, jewish scriptures

Orthodox Judaism: female cleanliness..., soul answer, first flow
soul answer, first flow, initial check: Hi again! During the first 5 days of her cycle, she does not need to do anything specific (although some Ibuprofen and chocolate may help!) What you are reading are laws that were only applicable during the time when the Holy Temple was standing in Jerusalem....

Orthodox Judaism: Gentile, majoring in Jewish Studies., divinity degree, jewish organisations
divinity degree, jewish organisations, divinity school: Hi Luke To be honest, I am not sure of the policies of Jewish schools and groups in the U.S.A. From what I know, most schools would prefer to have a Jewish person teach Jewish studies. Other than that, I don t believe that any Jewish organisation would...

Orthodox Judaism: health care beliefs, male domination, husband and wife
male domination, husband and wife, decision maker: In marriage? Whatever works. Husband and wife come to a decision. They need to work out what is best. If the wife knows better than her husband, it would be wrong to insist to follow the husband s opinion just to conform to some notion of male domination...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish food restrictions, jewish dietary law, steve foote
jewish dietary law, steve foote, marine creature: Hi Steve Jewish dietary law is based Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. Both sources define that Jews may only eat the meat of animals that have split hooves AND chew their cud. You can find lists of permissible fowl in those sections, implying that any...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish stories re-branded as Islamic, hebrew lessons, biblical hebrew
hebrew lessons, biblical hebrew, holy one blessed: Hi Qusai, Well you were right, it was about David, but not with a pigeon rather a spider. This is the Midrashic story: Master of the Universe said David What benefit do you have from two of your creations: the spider who spins all year long...

Orthodox Judaism: Leavened and Unleavened bread, hebrew letters, leavened and unleavened bread
hebrew letters, leavened and unleavened bread, leavened bread: Dear Michele, I m sorry it took so long to get back to you. I am busy preparing for Pesach and it s a bit hectic around here. I have heard of this before. Leavened bread is pronounced Hametz (the hebrew letters are chet, mem, tzaddik). The chet makes...

Orthodox Judaism: Leavened and Unleavened bread, hebrew alphabet, leavened and unleavened bread
hebrew alphabet, leavened and unleavened bread, letter of the alphabet: Shalom The relating of Chametz to pride is a common one and frequently used (including by me in the drosha I posted on my blog for Pesach http://marcl1969.wordpress.com). However, to understand the drosha given by the Rabbi in your question, a brief lesson...

Orthodox Judaism: law of moses, ohel moed, hebrew terms
ohel moed, hebrew terms, law of moses: Hi Nancy, It will help to switch to the Hebrew terms. Mishkan is usually translated as the the Tabernacle. This term is used when refering to the aspect of it being portable and able to move from place to place. The other term used is the Ohel Moed...

Orthodox Judaism: loaning money...I, talmudic sages, jewish messiah
talmudic sages, jewish messiah, sabbatical year: Hi Peter The Torah provides for Rabbinic laws, even when they provide loopholes in the original law. Deuteronomy 17:8-13 describes how the rabbis are authorised to make rules and that the community is expected to follow them. Pruzbul is an example of such...

Orthodox Judaism: loaning money...I, loads of money, brevity
loads of money, brevity, sages: Hi Peter, Please forgive the brevity of the response, I am traveling - but if you need details, let me know and I will provide. There are laws of the seventh year (called the Shemittah) when debts are indeed forgiven (among other things that also happen...

Orthodox Judaism: loaning money...I, sabbatical year, loads of money
sabbatical year, loads of money, torah: Hi Peter, In order for there to be a borrower there has to be a lender. The Torah commands us not to ignore the needs of the destitute. Whatever he needs we should lend him, but there is no obligation to go beyond this. Yes, he may have the debt...

Orthodox Judaism: love for enemies, jesus of nazareth, false prophet
jesus of nazareth, false prophet, mind jesus: Hi Alex. You are a worthy debator, and I enjoy your questions because they make me think. So thank you for asking and for being so well-spoken (or well-written, as it were). Firstly, you ve caught me by the tongue, so to speak. I will still assert that...

Orthodox Judaism: Mourning, kiddish, grave site
kiddish, grave site, kiddush: Hi Joel I guess the best place to start is to clarify a common misunderstanding. The reason that people don t pass bread (after kiddush, or any other time for that matter) into someone else s hands is because it looks like a handout. We don t want any person...

Orthodox Judaism: onah, peh, yehuda
peh, yehuda, jewish law: Hi Yehuda, thanks for following up. The Halacha, Jewish law, speaks about the act of being together and it states that the man is on top and the woman is on bottom. Since it is talking about the whole act of being together, the position as stated remains the...