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Orthodox Judaism: onah, fellow jew, marriage counseling
fellow jew, marriage counseling, gemoro: Dear Yehuda, I am not learned enough to give you a psak since I am not a rabbi. I can only tell you what I think as a fellow jew. I guess you don t have a local Rabbi to ask such questions to but don t be afraid to keep looking, there are people who can...

Orthodox Judaism: Pesach Seder Ideas, adult discussion, seders
adult discussion, seders, rabbi: Dear Yocheved- For starters -- here is a treasury of activities you can do with the kids at the Seder, and by extension, use for discussion among the adults: http://www.simchatyechiel.org/english/pesach.html This might also be a great resource for...

Orthodox Judaism: Resolving matters in Judaism, fundamentals of judaism, war in israel
fundamentals of judaism, war in israel, prayer books: Hi Ivan Thank you for a very interesting question. Before attempting an answer, I would like to point out that Judaism has always comprised various branches (or sects), with different customs and different prayer books, yet our religion has remained remarkably...

Orthodox Judaism: Shabbat, shabbat meals, spiritual presence
shabbat meals, spiritual presence, acceptable activities: Hi Lori, The Shabbat is a great gift that G-d gave the Jewish people. All of creation depends on the energy that rejuvenates the world on Shabbat. The six weekdays use up that energy that was generated from the previous Shabbat. If you want to tap into...

Orthodox Judaism: Burial in jerusalem, chevra kadisha, givat shaul
chevra kadisha, givat shaul, land of israel: Hi Michael, One of the reasons Jacob did not want to be buried in Egypt is because by the resurrection all people buried outside Israel will have to roll through tunnels and emerge from the earth in Israel, which is a painful process. There is a custom...

Orthodox Judaism: Christianity plagiarizing Judaism, rabbi akiva, jewish sabbath
rabbi akiva, jewish sabbath, philosophy of religion: Dear David, I keep on holding on to this email because I know I can get answers for you, but I haven t had time to do the research that it deserves. Please accept my apologies for the delay. I know there is more, but I wasn t able to find a moment to...

Orthodox Judaism: coveting, extreme pressure, prohibition
extreme pressure, prohibition, rabbi: Peter- The last of the Ten Commandments is the prohibition of lo tachmod - not to covet something which belongs to someone else. According to many authorities lo tachmod is violated when one performs some sort of action in order to obtain the property...

Orthodox Judaism: coveting, undue pressure, prohibition
undue pressure, prohibition, deut: Hi Peter, So sorry, I only saw the outstanding question now. The prohibition of coveting applies only if it is followed by an act, specifically when he applies undue pressure to get the other party to sell it to him or when he steals it. There is another...

Orthodox Judaism: coveting, 10th commandment, good fortune
10th commandment, good fortune, manservant: Hi Peter. There s nothing wrong with asking for something (unless I am missing something here). I think maybe that if you bought beers for one round, your buddies should get the next round, that doesn t seem like a scenario out of the ordinary... If you...

Orthodox Judaism: customs and significance, masters in education, religious significance
masters in education, religious significance, disciplinarian: Dear Sharon, There is no religious significance to the number three or any number, in relation to children s toys. Both parents can discipline their children equally. Actually, ideally, both parents should be able to be the disciplinarian, depending on the...

Orthodox Judaism: Eve and Adam's Rib, story of creation, husband and wife
story of creation, husband and wife, good luck: Dear Aaron, One of the concepts that can be learned from this detail of the story of creation is that a husband and wife are really two parts of one whole. Another one that I remember learning is that since Woman was created from a inner part of the body,...

Orthodox Judaism: Human race, orthodoxy, strife
Orthodox Judaism: Human race, orthodoxy, strife, judaism

Orthodox Judaism: Human race, spiritual link, foot view
spiritual link, foot view, spiritual purpose: Hi Zack. I am not sure what you refer to - evidence of a human race on an island? Could you be a little more specific? I will try to help if I can. In fact, could you say your first question another way, so I could understand it better? Now - the Holocaust....

Orthodox Judaism: Internal sin & disease, physical sacrifice, guilt offering
physical sacrifice, guilt offering, spiritual sacrifice: Hello, 1) No problem. 2 & 3) They are for different types of sin, not for known and unknown sins. Normally a person gets punished for sins he or she committed; if a person does not deserve to be punished he should be protected from damage. If there...

Orthodox Judaism: Modesty involving children, shomer shabbos, loving grandparents
shomer shabbos, loving grandparents, neighborhood pool: Ira- it is evident that you are indeed caring grandparents. I admire your willingness and desire to deal with these changes, so as to continue your loving relationship with your grandchildren. At the same time I don t see how these changes necessarily have...

Orthodox Judaism: QUESTION: Chapter 9:6 For unto us a child is born, prophet isaiah, isaiah scroll
prophet isaiah, isaiah scroll, isaiah 9: Hello, The translation you are referring to is incorrect in its interpretation that Hezekiah is called by those first three Names. I did not mean that the translation of the words each by themselves was wrong, although that is true as well for example...

Orthodox Judaism: questions concerning hospital practices, sexual immorality, orthodox jew
sexual immorality, orthodox jew, hospital practices: Shalom Kristina 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 - in essence, the law of pikuach nefesh states that when it comes to saving a life there are...

Orthodox Judaism: Sin, forgiveness, & disease, sexual immorality, social stigma
sexual immorality, social stigma, christian scriptures: Illness was NOT seen as being spiritual in natre or a punishment. The only illness which is seen as being spiritual in nature in the Torah is Tzarahas (generally translated as leprosy but it is not the kind of leprosy we are familiar with). There was no...

Orthodox Judaism: the word "one" in Deut: 6:4 in hebrew meaning., apostolic pentecostal church, hebrew meaning
apostolic pentecostal church, hebrew meaning, doctrine of the trinity: Hi Rev. Thompson, Sorry for the delay in replying. It means that all the different manifestations of G-d in this world are One. Even though there is much diversity, such as, life and death, justice and mercy, good and bad, suffering and pleasure, everything...

Orthodox Judaism: afterlife, fires of hell, fire and brimstone
fires of hell, fire and brimstone, eternal damnation: 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 playing harps with golden halos around their heads....

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish hats, black hat
Orthodox Judaism: Jewish hats, black hat

Orthodox Judaism: please explain daniel 7, horrible deaths, jewish bible
Orthodox Judaism: please explain daniel 7, horrible deaths, jewish bible, new testament

Orthodox Judaism: satan, jinn, satan
Orthodox Judaism: satan, jinn, satan, muslim

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish hats, social affiliation, black fedora
social affiliation, black fedora, fedora hat: Robin- I am sure that any hat store, including the closest store which sells hats to orthodox Jew, will be pleased to sell you a hat. Just because one person gave you the cold shoulder - ignore it. Most orthodox Jews don t care if non-Jews wear hats or...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish prayer, physiological phenomenon, jewish prayer
physiological phenomenon, jewish prayer, mt sinai: Hi Patricia, We Jews started to sway at Mt. Sinai when G-d revealed Himself to us there. Perhaps that event created some physiological phenomenon in our bodies but it is that event that is the cause and the physics is the effect, not the other way around....

Orthodox Judaism: marriage, jewish rabbi, sexual immorality
jewish rabbi, sexual immorality, abraham and sarah: Hello Han, It is very commendable that you want to prevent offending G-d by avoiding improper sexual relations. Before the Torah was given, a man was permitted to meet any free woman and take her as his wife without performing a marriage ceremony. It...

Orthodox Judaism: marriage, jewish rabbi, sexual immorality
jewish rabbi, sexual immorality, abraham and sarah: Dear Han- Allow me to begin with your last point, first: There is no prohibition on discussing sex with Gentiles. You gave me a good laugh. Sex is simply a topic that must be discussed sensitively and modestly, as per the Talmud Arranged marriage is...

Orthodox Judaism: marriage, jewish rabbi, sexual immorality
jewish rabbi, sexual immorality, abraham and sarah: Hi Han For a start, don t believe everything that you see in the movies (even when it looks like they know what they re talking about). Judaism includes many streams and degrees of observance. In some communities, parents do arrange marriages for their...

Orthodox Judaism: marriage, jewish rabbi, sexual immorality
jewish rabbi, sexual immorality, abraham and sarah: Dear Han, I am going to address your questions in the order that you raised them, to make sure I don t miss any. Arranged marriage used to be common in Judaism, but not nowadays. A true arranged marriage is one in which the couple does not meet until just...

Orthodox Judaism: The meaning of "us" in Genesis 1:26, trinitarian bible, niv study bible
trinitarian bible, niv study bible, plural pronouns: Hello Carolyn, I apologize for the long time - I didn t see your question before, for some reason. Let’s examine Genesis 1:26. And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and they shall rule over the fish of the sea, and over...

Orthodox Judaism: please explain daniel 7, man in the clouds, thirst for knowledge
man in the clouds, thirst for knowledge, commentary on daniel: Hi Frank, Your Christian friend may have the best intentions, but he doesn t have any knowledge as to the reality of Mashiach. You re right; Mashiach will usher in the new era when everyone knows HaShem and there is no question as to His intimate involvement...

Orthodox Judaism: Have you ever read the New Testament?, opportunity reader, reader hope
opportunity reader, reader hope, christian bible: Hi Netanya, I absolutely have read the Christian Bible in all entirety. Wasn t easy, since I wanted to close it and put it away each time I saw lies, manipulations, and crude inconsistencies (and that happened way too often), but I did it anyway. The reason...

Orthodox Judaism: rocks, why do jews place a rock on tombstones, religious right
why do jews place a rock on tombstones, religious right: John, Thank you for your question. I believe there are several reasons Jews place a rock rather than flowers at the grave sites of their loved ones. The first, and probably most recognized, is that flowers are a symbol of joy in Judaism, so it would be improper...

Orthodox Judaism: salt, brit, sacrifices
brit, sacrifices: Hello, Leviticus 2:13. All sacrifices required salt to be put upon them. The salt is not kept holy. Hashem made a brit with salt at the time of creation that it would be used upon the Altar and we are obligated to keep this brit. Best regards, ...

Orthodox Judaism: satan, angel samael, snake in the garden
angel samael, snake in the garden, supernatural agencies: Shalom David Let me state some basic principals applicable to this question before answering the specifics. 1) In Judaism when it states that man was created in G-d s image, it refers to the fact that like G-d, man has the the ability to choose a path....

Orthodox Judaism: ants, kosher animals, controversial issue
kosher animals, controversial issue, ants: Hi, Ants are not kosher but when processed to the point when it is no longer a food, its consumption, particularly in a mixture, may be permissible but a Rabbi needs to be consulted. I think it is somewhat of a controversial issue. Many medicines have...

Orthodox Judaism: ants, routine upkeep, taking medicine
routine upkeep, taking medicine, ants: Dear Han- Eating bugs is a serious transgression of the Torah. It is only permitted under life-threatening situations. If you are taking medicine for routine upkeep or other non life-threatening condition, you should find a kosher alternative. Hope this...

Orthodox Judaism: exodus 22, number eight, hannukah
number eight, hannukah, candelabra: Hi Tia, The number eight signifies something that is above nature. By natural law, Abraham was not supposed to have a child with Sarah, the stars told him so. But G-d gave him a child Isaac by circumventing the system . The same we find in our holiday...

Orthodox Judaism: hell, christians and muslims, garden of eden
christians and muslims, garden of eden, eternal punishment: Hi James, I cannot speak for other religions. There is such a thing as eternal hell which is reserved for very serious offenders. Average people go through a process of cleansing and purging of sin so they may enter the Garden of Eden . Have a great...

Orthodox Judaism: talking to the dead..., talking to spirits, torah law
talking to spirits, torah law, classic novel: Hello Han, The prohibition is to use the services of necromancers. I never heard that you have to walk away to avoid being in the presence of a person like that. I didn t read that novel but if the person did not use any magic or spells to summon the...

Orthodox Judaism: talking to the dead..., talking to spirits, torah law
talking to spirits, torah law, classic novel: Hi Han The Torah prohibits calling up the dead, rather than simply speaking to them. In other words, if a person has lost a family member and talks to them when standing at their graveside or even while looking at a photo of them on the wall, that would...

Orthodox Judaism: talking to the dead..., talking to the spirits, talking to spirits
talking to the spirits, talking to spirits, torah law: Hi Han, not sure about how the Torah law is relevant for Catcher in the Rye, in my recollection the protagonist isn t Jewish so the law wouldn t apply to him in any case. The prohibition in the Torah about not talking to the spirits is to ensure we do...

Orthodox Judaism: talking to the dead..., talking to spirits, nothing but a fool
talking to spirits, nothing but a fool, torah law: Dear Han- You can take comfort in what the Rambam has to say on the issue: “Belief in astrology, sorcery, oaths, lucky charms, demons, forecasting the future, and talking to the dead – all these are the essence of idol worship, and are lies…. He who believes...

Orthodox Judaism: tree of knowledge, tree of knowledge, 1492
tree of knowledge, 1492, lord god: I don t know why the person would say it was only referred to as the Tree of Knowledge, in the Torah the relevant verse is (Bereishis Chapter 2): 9. And the Lord God caused to sprout from the ground every tree pleasant to see and good to eat, and the Tree...

Orthodox Judaism: type of clothing to go to worship, orthodox judaism, orthodox jews
orthodox judaism, orthodox jews, biblical basis: Dear Kent, I know that at the receiving of the Torah, the Jews were instructed by Moses to spend three days preparing, but I don t recall all the details of the instruction. I see the custom of dressing our best for Shabbat as simple respect for our place...

Orthodox Judaism: Is Zionism bad for Judaism, hebrew scriptures, death in gaza
hebrew scriptures, death in gaza, jewish spirituality: Not at all. Before the holocaust, many Orthodox Jews were strongly opposed to Zionism, believing the establishment of Israel to be G-d s domain rather than man s. Today, many Jews are likewise opposed to it because it seems more nationalistic than religious...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 12:2 and Eternal Suffering [Hell], eternal suffering, hebrew word
eternal suffering, hebrew word, eternal state: Hi Bob My apologies for not replying sooner. Before addressing your question directly, it s probably a good idea to define the Jewish version of Hell . Judaism does not see it as punishment , rather as a natural consequence of one s behaviour. In other...

Orthodox Judaism: Question on "Disturbing" Talmudic Passage, fact jews, jewish charity
Orthodox Judaism: Question on "Disturbing" Talmudic Passage, fact jews, jewish charity, exemplary models

Orthodox Judaism: G-D in one's dreams, answer to a prayer, dominant view
answer to a prayer, dominant view, deceased mother: Dear Nachman- I am attaching the chapter on dreams from my book, Dalet Amot . I hope it helps! Regards, Rabbi Ari Enkin ***************************** On Dreams No doubt that at one time or another, you’ve had a dream – a disturbing dream...

Orthodox Judaism: hilchos gittin, absolute proof, remarrying
absolute proof, remarrying, kohen: Hi Yossi I was pretty sure that no additional information could be added to a get, but decided to do some research anyway. The bottom line is that a Get has a specific formula and nothing may be added to that formula, certainly not on the back of the document....

Orthodox Judaism: hilchos gittin, written proclamation, absolute proof
written proclamation, absolute proof, adulterous affair: Dear Yossi- This is untrue, from the perspective of hilchos gittin, at least. It might just be that if an adulterous scandal is well-known the Beit Din might choose to document it in some way to better ensure that the two individuals never marry. But again,...

Orthodox Judaism: Judaism, marian apparitions, paranormal experiences
marian apparitions, paranormal experiences, spiritual experiences: Hi Ramiro Judaism believes that there are many and varied types of spiritual experiences that people may have. We understand that there are many spiritual forces in existence that can generate all sorts of paranormal experiences. We don t pay attention...

Orthodox Judaism: How Levites made a living, initial distribution, spiritual matters
initial distribution, spiritual matters, levite: Hi Don, Levites in general were not priests, only those descended from Aaron. The levites hand certain function in the Temple but not as priests. They were the orchestra and choir and also the guards. The levites received no land in the initial distribution...

Orthodox Judaism: Levites, temple priests, kohanim
temple priests, kohanim, temple grounds: Don, I believe you are mixing several time periods together in your questions. The Levites, Kohanim (priests) included, would have lived on or near the [Tabernacle] Temple grounds and were there to guard it, [transport it when the camp moved], care for it...

Orthodox Judaism: New Covenant, new covenant, paul's falsehood
new covenant, paul's falsehood, paul's conversion: Anthony, Thank you for your kind question. I guess one of the first problems we are going to run into is that Jews consider neither our covenant nor our Scriptures old. Certainly not discarded. The Hebrew Scriptures ( Old Testament in your venacular) are...

Orthodox Judaism: Question on "Disturbing" Talmudic Passage, language of the talmud, jewish sages
language of the talmud, jewish sages, contextual framework: Hi Bob Let me preface my response with the following: As I am sure you appreciate, each religion has its sacred texts that may be misunderstood by readers who are unfamiliar with the unique style and context of that particular religion. The Talmud is...

Orthodox Judaism: solomon, dreamer of dreams, voice of god
dreamer of dreams, voice of god, purpose of life: Peter, You are right! Life is very meaningful and, as Jews, we try to live out this life each day in accordance with the life-giving commandments our G-d has given us. You should give that a try. Let s look at the actual Scripture: Deuteronomy 13:2-4...

Orthodox Judaism: solomon, voice of god, song of songs
voice of god, song of songs, aswell: Do you really think you can come with simplistic logic and challenge the Torah which was given to highly intelligent and dedicated people? Don t you think that as Jews we know a lot of things about Solomon and as a result our Sages can excersize good judgment...

Orthodox Judaism: I AM THE WAY, i am
i am: Peter, You are the inquisitive one. I am too. Thank you for your concern, but there is really no need. I have my covenant with G-d and I am glad you too have a relationship with Him. You might find it interesting to note that the I am s are only found...

Orthodox Judaism: bible, beth shemesh, god strikes
beth shemesh, god strikes, jewish belief: Hi Simon, Firstly let me apologise for my late response (computer issues). In the times of the Bible G-d used open miracles, which clearly defied the laws of nature. Now G-d only uses hidden miracles, which are no less of a miracle but harder to...

Orthodox Judaism: conatmination, grasping at straws, human consumption
grasping at straws, human consumption, temple grounds: Peter, Are you Jewish? If so, you seem to be grasping at straws and wallowing in legalism. If not, please show some respect for my faith. According to the Torah, a person is unclean until nightfall after touching a species which is not clean for human...

Orthodox Judaism: conatmination, accidental contamination, dead insects
accidental contamination, dead insects, exact species: To start with- your *understandiung* that we follow an updated law and not the original law is WRONG! The halachah, Jewish law, today is the same one that Moshe taught to Bnei Yisrael in the desert. Now- onto the specifics of dead insects. There are...

Orthodox Judaism: conatmination, animal sacrifice, ritual purification
animal sacrifice, ritual purification, acceptable practice: Hi Peter, the reason we don t do sacrifices in the Temple is because there s no Temple to bring sacrifices in. The law, therefore, has not been suspended; it isn t used because there isn t a way to bring it into action. It s like saying that if you don t...

Orthodox Judaism: conatmination, dead creatures, dear peter
dead creatures, dear peter, jewish law: Dear Peter- There is no concern for contamination or impurity of this sort in Jewish law today. In ancient times, indeed, one became impure for touching many types of dead creatures which would have required the person to immerse in a mikva. Hope...

Orthodox Judaism: contamination, torah law, mikve
torah law, mikve, ritual bath: The intent is though to be clean when appearing in the Presence of G-d in His house. Like Lev 16:16 ... that rests amongst their uncleanliness... , also three verses later 16:19 ... he will purify it... from the uncleanliness... An indication of the...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 12:2 and, eternal suffering, eternal state
eternal suffering, eternal state, discussion point: Hi Bob, Firstly, I want to give you thanks for increasing the Good in the world by being a foster parent. Your actions brighten this Universe and create amazing positive energy that everyone feels to some extent, I want you to know that. I think we re...

Orthodox Judaism: hair, jewish girls, personal preference
jewish girls, personal preference, odd question: Dear Jane, I like this question! Shaving any of those areas is based on personal preference. There is no Jewish law requiring it. Jewish women dress modestly in public, but in the privacy of their own home, and for their husbands, they may wear what they...

Orthodox Judaism: hanging on tree, hebrew meaning, mosaic law
hebrew meaning, mosaic law, jewish law: Hi! In Jewish law, certain people were hung as a punishment for their crime and as a warning to others. They were killed first in a different way, so the hanging was not the method of execution. They were hung on a wooden pole, like in the shape of the number...

Orthodox Judaism: hey man, purpose of life
purpose of life: Jamie, Hey man! Ah, the meaning of life...great question. Man was initially created as a companion for the Holy One. Just as It is not good for man to be alone (to remedy which G-d created woman), it is not G-d s wish to be alone either. The angels and...

Orthodox Judaism: Oaths and vows..., drinking the wine, sacrificial meat
drinking the wine, sacrificial meat, common phrase: The Torah does distinguish between the two- but you are wrong as to what differentiates them. The chief distinguishing characteristic between the two is this: A neder (vow) prohihits something to the person making the vow. A shevuah (oath) acts on the person...

Orthodox Judaism: oaths and vows..., torah scroll, refrain from doing something
torah scroll, refrain from doing something, temple times: Hi Peter A vow is a promise to do something or refrain from doing something. For example, I will not eat chocolate for a week or I will be on time for our next meetings are vows. In Temple times, a person would use a vow to pledge a sacrifice that he...

Orthodox Judaism: oaths and vows..., neder, oaths
neder, oaths, vow: Hi Peter, Sorry for the delay in answering. You are .... wrong. An oath (shavua) is made on the person i.e. I swear I will not eat cheese. Whereas a vow (neder)is on an object i.e. this cheese is forbidden to me. Of course it is a lot more complicated...

Orthodox Judaism: oaths and vows..., nazarite vow, ritual purity
nazarite vow, ritual purity, religious affiliation: Glad to be of assistance. I heard once that an airplane is off course most of the time it is in the air, yet it still gets to its desired destination. Sometimes we can all use a friendly voice from the air traffic tower. All the best in your search! Shalom...

Orthodox Judaism: oaths and vows..., analogous situations, jewish law
analogous situations, jewish law, loaf of bread: Peter, I think that an individual making a vow - or an oath - absolutely does not imply that G-d will somehow help him achieve it. G-d s way are not known to us, and it would be wrong to presume that somehow, by taking an oath or a vow, one would move G-d...

Orthodox Judaism: oaths and vows..., sacrificial ceremony, king solomon
sacrificial ceremony, king solomon, personal commitment: Hi Peter, You are not the same Peter that asked me about king Solomon recently? That one did not sound like you at all. In the Torah there is neder (vow?) and shevua (oath?). A neder is a commitment of abstinence from the benefits of an object or a...

Orthodox Judaism: proverb 21:16, company of ghosts, wisdom literature
company of ghosts, wisdom literature, profound message: A man who strays from the path of prudence will rest in the company of ghosts Wisdom literature is often not meant to be taken literally, but rather metaphorically, often teaching a profound message. Nor does it necessarily hold a single meaning. To...

Orthodox Judaism: symbolism, exact style, clothing style
exact style, clothing style, king of kings: Shalom Let me ask you a question: You are invited to go and visit the king in his palace, how would you dress? Do you wear shorts and a dirty T-shirt? Do you wear your smartest clothes, wearing clothing that emulates that of courtiers and the members...

Orthodox Judaism: Vegetarian kosher?, relationship issue, interpersonal relationship
relationship issue, interpersonal relationship, fellow man: Peter, I first want to address the interpersonal relationship issue and then I will address your current question. Having a relationship with G-d, in whose image you are created, via the commandments (some of which you have asked about) is only HALF...

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: Canaan Curse
Orthodox Judaism: Canaan Curse

Orthodox Judaism: Genesis 1:26, council of nicea, genesis 1
council of nicea, genesis 1, vital mineral: Hi David, thanks for your question, it s a good one. Firstly, it is a historical fact that up until year 325 of the common era, there was no agreement among Christians about the trinity, and it was only decided by a vote (!!) in 325 by the Council of...

Orthodox Judaism: homosexuality, human fulfillment, torah law
human fulfillment, torah law, male homosexuality: Sorry to hear this. Absolutely not. Male homosexuality is a standalone prohibition. Just because idolatry is an abomination doesn t mean other sins cannot be abominations. It is not intended as a blanket condemnation of all same gender sex. Female homosexuality...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish belief, five books of moses, law and theology
five books of moses, law and theology, jewish belief: Hi Nicholas As I m sure you can imagine, these topics are very broad and detailed and I can only give you a cursory answer in this context. I can also only answer from an Orthodox Jewish perspective, which remains the most consistent Jewish perspective...

Orthodox Judaism: Josephus-Antiquities of the Jews
Hi Ignatius Unfortunately, I am not an expert on Josephus. It is likely that he had access to teachings from the Oral Torah, so it s not surprising that some of his information may have come from the Oral Torah. There are a number of good books about...

Orthodox Judaism: Marriage
Hi Bill No, they don t. Jewish women cover their heads after marriage, reserving their natural hair for only their husbands to see. They never had to shave their heads in the past, either. Only a small religious group in Israel has their women shave...

Orthodox Judaism: praying, head covering, kippa
head covering, kippa, kipa: Hi Henrik Jews have had a long-standing custom that men cover their heads. While our predecessors may not have worn kippas as we do today, we have evidence in ancient writings that they covered their heads. The name kippa is Hebrew for dome , which...

Orthodox Judaism: Question?, judges chapter, book of judges
judges chapter, book of judges, spiritual level: Hi David, Sorry for the delay in responding. An angel of G-d is a heavenly being sent by G-d. Sometimes it is just heard, other times it can be seen as well. One has to be on a high spiritual level to be able to experience the presence of an angel....

Orthodox Judaism: roman empire, jewish mysticism, roman invasion
jewish mysticism, roman invasion, messianic age: Hi Hank The Divine plan very often involves things that we don t understand, as I mentioned previously from Isaiah. Isaiah also predicts that a time will come in the future when we are allowed to understand the Divine plan. At that time, he foresaw us...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacred texts, five books of moses, books of the prophets
five books of moses, books of the prophets, books of moses: Hi Louise The Tanach is made up of twenty four books. Five of those are called the Five Books of Moses and they contain the core beliefs and practices of Judaism. The Five Books of Moses describe the 613 laws of Judaism. The stories of all the books...

Orthodox Judaism: solomon (id like to know what you think), foolish mother, wise son
foolish mother, wise son, king solomon: My apologies for the delay- I have been offline for a while. Did King Solomon sin with his many wives and concubines and let them lead him into sin? Yes Did he repent his actions and correct them? Yes How do we know this? From his writings in Koheles...

Orthodox Judaism: Chosen People, chosen people
chosen people: Joel, Thank you for your kind question. Indeed, the concept of the Jews being the Chosen People has been a source of untold misunderstanding and hardship. It is somewhat surprising, given the fact of chosen-ness throughout history. The Pilgrim believed...

Orthodox Judaism: Esau's wicked deeds, book of deuteronomy, wickedness
book of deuteronomy, wickedness, wicked deeds: Donald, Thank you for your kind question. I am not familiar with the tradition you mention, but this link will give you some examples of Esau in the Talmud: http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/pol/pol09.htm The book of Deuteronomy makes clear that G-d will...

Orthodox Judaism: Esau and wickedness, age of adulthood, wickedness
age of adulthood, wickedness, cain and abel: Dear Donald Thank you for your blessings, may G-d bless you too. You are correct, there is such a tradition. The Talmud relates that when Esau turned thirteen (the age of adulthood in Judaism), he murdered Nimrod (the king) to steal a set of clothing...

Orthodox Judaism: Esau, wickedness, wicked deeds
wickedness, wicked deeds, course god: Dear Donald, The wicked deeds of Esau being referred to are adultery, murder, and idol worship. God did not make the Jews sin. God sometimes draws away, so to speak, when the Jews sin, and waits for them to show signs of repenting, whereupon he immediately...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish wedding, marriage ceremony, chabad
Orthodox Judaism: Jewish wedding, marriage ceremony, chabad, rabbi

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish wedding, reform rabbi, wedding question
reform rabbi, wedding question, delicate situation: Dear Lori I m sorry for not responding sooner, but had to go out of town for a few days. Thank you for clarifying the relationship with your rabbi and rebbetzin, as well as your personal concerns. Kudos to your rabbi and rebbetzin for being honest and...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish wedding, chabad rabbi, conservative rabbi
chabad rabbi, conservative rabbi, ketuba: Dear Lori I am glad that you have found our correspondence helpful : ) 1) You can certainly use the decorated Ketuba for the real ceremony and have it photographed, videoed and edited into the wedding dvd. The only thing that you need to ensure is that...

Orthodox Judaism: Men wearing black fedora hats., fedora hats, black fedora
fedora hats, black fedora, fedoras: Dear Leslie, Every man who wears the black hat wears it how it s comfortable for him. Usually, he buys one that, when worn directly over the crown of his head, the front of the hat lies about halfway down his forehead. Often, though, if they are wearing...

Orthodox Judaism: Na'aseh ve-nishma, shabbat shalom, book of the covenant
shabbat shalom, book of the covenant, shemot: Hi Joel That reference uses the term naaseh venishma . You could translate nishma as obey, but the more literal translation is hear . I know that passage appears in the Torah after the covenant is given, but the Torah is not always chronological...

Orthodox Judaism: personal relationship with G-d, messiah jesus, personal relationship
messiah jesus, personal relationship, personal connection: Hi Kerry Judaism teaches that every one of us can have a personal connection directly with G-d and we do not require any person to facilitate such a bond. All we need to do is to have faith, follow the laws that G-d has given us and pray to Him to develop...

Orthodox Judaism: prophets, spoon fed, correct decisions
spoon fed, correct decisions, demand perfection: Hi Zack That s a really good question. Having prophets definitely makes life much easier, because prophets give us clear messages of what it is that G-d wants from us. However, G-d also put us on Earth to use our own brains and initiative. With the...

Orthodox Judaism: about religions, versions of the bible, evil satan
versions of the bible, evil satan, innocent son: Dear Sara These are great questions! Unless a person questions and investigates, they will never understand what they study. I cannot answer your questions on the verses from the New Testament, as these books are not part of the Jewish Bible and we don...

Orthodox Judaism: Observing Shabbes, sholem aleichem, shana tova
sholem aleichem, shana tova, orthodox rabbi: Avi, shalom! I m so happy to hear your story and how you are trying to keep mitzvot the best you can. You have good and valid questions. You should continue to try your best, but you must speak to a rabbi on how to best handle difficult situations....

Orthodox Judaism: Anthropomorphisms, sodom and gomorrah, david s solomon
sodom and gomorrah, david s solomon, two angels: Hi Mike, G-d expresses it this why to teach us a lesson. In this case it is a lesson to judges of capital cases to, as it were, go down and see - meaning that they should examine the case very carefully in all its details before issuing a decision....

Orthodox Judaism: apparel, torah law, books of moses
torah law, books of moses, abomination: Pat, shalom! Indeed, according to Torah law a man is forbidden to imitate a woman and vice-versa. This applies only to clothes and practices that are distinctly for the opposite sex. All other clothes and practices are permitted. Hop this helps! ...

Orthodox Judaism: Bris, yad eliezer, rabbinical court
yad eliezer, rabbinical court, shulchan aruch: Hi Sheva, Metzitza b peh is completely mandatory as codified in the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 269/3. In fact, a mohel that doesn t do it is removed from his position (ibid). This is based on the Talmud in Shabbos 133a/b that says we do metzitza b...

Orthodox Judaism: Circumcision, human saliva, jewish action
human saliva, jewish action, mohel: Hi Sheva To be honest, I am not a mohel and have no practical Bris experience. As far as I understand, metzitzah b peh is the preferred option for a variety of reasons (mohelim that I know feel it is better halachically and generally), but some use a pipette...

Orthodox Judaism: converts to judaism, converts to judaism, strict laws
converts to judaism, strict laws, rabbi: As long as he is a male, yes. There is no prescribed period for becoming a Rabbi. I know young men in their early twenties who could become Rabbis overnight if they were so inclined. The process of conversion is very complicated and long though. Unless...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 9, place thousands, daniel 9
place thousands, daniel 9, messiahs: Connie, Thank you for your kind question and interest. First you need to understand that our two faiths understand salvation differently. You would use it as a synonym for redemption while we look at salvation in the physical sense (much as you described...

Orthodox Judaism: jesus, questioner, christianity
Orthodox Judaism: jesus, questioner, christianity, faith

Orthodox Judaism: spilling seed !, study torah, birth control
Orthodox Judaism: spilling seed !, study torah, birth control, 18 years

Orthodox Judaism: Human Sacrifice, blood sacrifices, human sacrifices
blood sacrifices, human sacrifices, jewish scriptures: Hi Tanner. Okay, so I re-read the Book of Judges, and while I am by no means a Bible commentator, I ve enlisted Rashi to help me. Here s what went on, in a nutshell. Jephthah made an oath to G-d - a trade of sorts, without knowing what he might come...

Orthodox Judaism: jacob and esau, toldos, esau and jacob
toldos, esau and jacob, jacob and esau: Hi Zach, In general the conflict between Esau and Jacob represents the conflict between their descendants (ie the Western world and the Jewish People). If we can understand their conflict in the Torah then we can understand their conflict today and...

Orthodox Judaism: jesus, pontius pilate, christian myth
pontius pilate, christian myth, juses: Hello Avid. Wow, don t even know how to get started here. Well, here goes. You see, in order to have a debate of any kind, there are some premises we must have in common. One of such premises would be what our supporting sources are. They could be (a) the...

Orthodox Judaism: marriage, social interaction, divorced woman
social interaction, divorced woman, half of the world: Since half of the world s population is the opposite sex, only ultra-Orthodox individuals shun any contact with the rest of the world. The rest of us welcome normal social interaction with others. In fact, I have oft reminded people that a lighthouse is only...

Orthodox Judaism: quiescence, pillar of fire, garden of eden
pillar of fire, garden of eden, burning bush: Hi Jesson, We now live in exile and do not deserve prophecy. When the Temple was up it was a time that the Jewish people were much closer to G-d spiritually and we were worthy of prophecy to maintain our relationship. Now we must work much harder...

Orthodox Judaism: salvation for gentiles/ role of jews, noachide laws, salvation plan
noachide laws, salvation plan, jewish religion: Hi Jesson, actually Judaism is the only religion that doesn t require that one convert to receive salvation. There is a salvation plan for the entire mankind that allows you to not become a Jew yet have a portion in the world to come. The Torah teaches...

Orthodox Judaism: Scholarly Discussion, thinking about today, oral law
thinking about today, oral law, jewish scholars: Hi, The Talmud is studied intensely every day by thousands of scholars and laymen. We do not add any laws, we interpret the existing laws and rulings can vary by way of how the existing law is applied. In order to introduce new legislation we would need...

Orthodox Judaism: School Paper, physician assisted suicide, emotive issue
physician assisted suicide, emotive issue, fundamental beliefs: Hi Danielle Assisted suicide is a very emotive issue that touches on some fundamental beliefs of many religions. As far as Judaism is concerned, suicide is pretty much the same as murder. (Sure, if a person is so depressed or mentally ill that they...

Orthodox Judaism: spilling seed !, david rosenblum, using a condom
david rosenblum, using a condom, formal manner: Hello Mike, Both pulling out and using a condom are equally wrong. G-d wants his world to be populated, be fruitful and multiply . G-d therefore put the obligation on males to ensure their seed is dispensed in a formal manner, i.e. without any impediment...

Orthodox Judaism: rabbinical Judaism, rabbinical judaism, noachide laws
Orthodox Judaism: rabbinical Judaism, rabbinical judaism, noachide laws, extreme trouble

Orthodox Judaism: first food in paradise, wine wine, grape wine
wine wine, grape wine, first food: Hi Ameen, Here is the menu for the first meal in paradise:- Behemoth (some kind of special meat) Livyason (fish) Ziz (poultry) Apples and pomegranates Grape wine Wine preserved in its grapes from the 6 days of creation Of course this happens...

Orthodox Judaism: lineage of Jesus, new testament bible, jewish customs
new testament bible, jewish customs, generation gap: Hi Jesson, There is a short answer and a long answer to your question. The short answer is - no, there was no such custom that would allow the adoption of the lineage. The more elaborate way to address your question is as follows. As you correctly...

Orthodox Judaism: moshiach, undisputed world leader, gentiles
undisputed world leader, gentiles, prophecies: Hi Jesson, Yes he does have to be from the physical seed of David. David had 18 wives so there are many branches left other than through Koniyahu. The Moshiach will have great significance for the gentiles as he will be the undisputed world leader...

Orthodox Judaism: noahide laws, noachide laws, noahide laws
noachide laws, noahide laws, jewish claims: Hi Jesson. There is only one G-d. He is the G-d of Israel as much as He is the G-d of all the other nations. Without acknowledgement of his one-ness, the conversation stops (meaning that if one believes in many gods, or in sons of gods, or in water and wind,...

Orthodox Judaism: rabbinical Judaism, noahide laws, rabbinical judaism
noahide laws, rabbinical judaism, oral torah: Hi Yvonne, When G-d gave Moses the Torah, He gave both the Written and Oral Torah. There are several proofs for that. Just Google Oral Law proof and some good stuff will come up. I like the one about the vowelization of the Written Torah, that is by...

Orthodox Judaism: vengeance and forgiveness, blood vengeance, cities of refuge
blood vengeance, cities of refuge, land of israel: Very impressive, keep reading and asking. As to your questions: assuming the witnesses had a chance to warn him before he takes vengeance, he will be prosecuted but the likelihood of an acquittal is dramatically increased. Assuming one had a legitimate...

Orthodox Judaism: words, positive affirmations, world hi
positive affirmations, world hi, divine image: Hi Eleanor What a wonderful question! Even better, you have touched on the answer. As you know, G-d created the world using words. Over the course of the Creative Process, we can distinguish ten expressions of creation that G-d uses ( and the L-rd said......

Orthodox Judaism: 600 plus laws, orthodox rabbi, proper wife
orthodox rabbi, proper wife, dear linda: Dear Linda, She would need to learn all the rules that pertain to women specifically, and also the many rules that pertain to both men and women. I am not familiar with the whole conversion process. She would have to speak to an orthodox rabbi in her area....

Orthodox Judaism: Amos 5:26 The Star, jewish bible, point star
jewish bible, point star, star of david: Hi Mark, I have heard that the star of Dovid originates from the verse in Samuel 1 16/18 where David is said to have 6 attributes as represented by the 6 pointed star. Concerning symbols. Judaism is full of symbols to represent ideas, we just don...

Orthodox Judaism: Coveting, covet
covet: Carlo, Thank you for your kind question. It seems I answered something like your question previously but cannot find it. So, here goes.... I agree on the surface this looks to be a bold promise (not that G-d could do so if He so chose). However, as...

Orthodox Judaism: Amos 5:26 The Star, magen david adom, ancient pagan symbols
Orthodox Judaism: Amos 5:26 The Star, magen david adom, ancient pagan symbols, arabic magic

Orthodox Judaism: messiah, jewish scripture, isaiah 9
jewish scripture, isaiah 9, eagle in the sky: Neither of these passages say anything about the Mashiach being born from a virgin. Here are the correct translations; anyone who mistranslates and manipulates these scriptures should be avoided at all costs. Isaiah 7:14: 14. Therefore, the Lord, of...

Orthodox Judaism: messiah, salvation is of the Jews
salvation is of the Jews: Zack, Thank you for your kind question. You asked: Who does messiah redeem, Jews or all people. Since we don’t always use the same terminology in the same way, I’d like to start by rephrasing your question: Who does messiah save, Jews or all people? ...

Orthodox Judaism: Sin, habitual offender, word study
habitual offender, word study, lieth: Hi Murel, The word used in the verse for sin is chatas . I am not familiar with the interpretation you offered. Rather I know the word to mean a sin which was done because the offender veered off the straight path. Either due to accident or to giving...

Orthodox Judaism: zohar on nonjews, fundamental texts, negative statements
fundamental texts, negative statements, gentiles: Hi Alex Unfortunately, what you have described is typically why one cannot read the Zohar, nor any other Kabbalistic work for that matter. Kabbalah is subtle and the information can only be understood properly by someone who has the benefit of years of...

Orthodox Judaism: Your Book on Machiach, orthodox rabbi, todah
orthodox rabbi, todah, mashiach: Shira, shalom! I am not sure what you are talking about!!? I never wrote a book on Mashiach. I did write a book, Amot Shel Halacha which had one chapter on the topic. Is that what you are referring to? If you would like to get a copy of the book...

Orthodox Judaism: British- Israelism, tribe of judah, purim story
tribe of judah, purim story, negative connotation: Hi Sandra Perhaps in the UK, the term Jew has a negative connotation. Jewish people would not find the term offensive, unless it was said in an insulting manner. Jews were called Israelites for most of our early history. During the Babylonian exile,...

Orthodox Judaism: Change, faith tradition, success and failure
faith tradition, success and failure, human ability: Karam, G-d gives us the (human) ability to improve our lot and helps propel us along the way once we start. He will not do it for you, however. Whatever your faith tradition, embrace it (so long as it is peaceful) and you will approach divinity. Shalom! ...

Orthodox Judaism: The Concept of Son of G-d, light of torah, skin and bones
light of torah, skin and bones, king of israel: Hi Rami, The Messiah means the annointed one. He will be the King of Israel, a descendent of David. As a prophet he will lead the Jewsih people and the world through the light of Torah. He is not the son of G-d just skin and bones like rest of must...

Orthodox Judaism: Esther, hebrew name, hebrew word
hebrew name, hebrew word, book of esther: Dear Don, The name Esther is a Hebrew name, derived from the Hebrew word Astir , which means I will hide . It is meant to symbolize that sometimes, as in the story of the Book of Esther, G-d hides from His people, to cause them to search for Him and become...

Orthodox Judaism: Esther, exodus from egypt, enemy tribes
exodus from egypt, enemy tribes, first feast: Hi Don, 1. Esther is spelled in Hebrew with alef and samach whereas Ashtaros is spelled with ayin and shin so the relation is not valid. 2. The name Esther means hidden . It reflects the hidden nature of the miracle of Purim in contrast for example to...

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, alcoholics, sake
Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, alcoholics, sake

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, one true god, kind deed
one true god, kind deed, false gods: Hi Pete, I don t think G-d honors their request . G-d has His plan with the world and we just don t know what it is. Perhaps these people did some kind deed and they are due repayment. Perhaps others who are somehow connected with them would suffer...

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, one true god, false gods
one true god, false gods, alcoholics: Hi Pete, You could ask the same question about someone going to a doctor for a cure and he only believes in the doctor and not G-d. Is it better to be an alchoholic believer than a sober idol worshipper? Idol worship is never allowed even to...

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, one true god, dear pete
one true god, dear pete, false gods: Dear Pete, First of all, congratulations on being in AA. That s amazing. I believe that the saying that would apply well here would be that God helps those who helps themselves. Just because someone doesn t believe (or rather accept) the true God doesn...

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, one true god, boundless mercy
one true god, boundless mercy, t claim: Hi Pete Firstly, I admire your courage and tenacity for taking the bold steps you have obviously taken to improve your life. While I don t claim to know what G-d thinks, I believe that He is kind and benevolent and wants to see people succeed. I would...

Orthodox Judaism: A.A. and false gods, demons day, one true god
demons day, one true god, remarkable human: Hi Pete, the truth is that G-d helps those who help themselves. False gods certainly don t help anyone get through anything. Reality is simple - YOU ARE DOING IT YOURSELF, because you can. G-d doesn t get you sober and doesn t keep you sober. You do....

Orthodox Judaism: Hallelujah, hallelujah, rabbi
hallelujah, rabbi, confirmation: Hi Henrik, Hallelukah means Praise G-d , so The Psalms if ending off with a general praise of G-d. Amen is either used as a confirmation of something already said (ie I agree! ) or it is a mini prayer that it should be so! . It depends on the...

Orthodox Judaism: Kaddish, sephardic communities, erev shabbat
sephardic communities, erev shabbat, amidah: Hi Mike The five types of Kadish are: 1) Half kadish, which is said by the chazan at certain points during the service. 2) Full kadish or kadish titkabel , which is said by the chazan after the repetition of the Amidah and after the silent Amidah...

Orthodox Judaism: king of Tyre, Gog, rabbi elazar, talmudic sage
rabbi elazar, talmudic sage, rabbi eliezer: Hi Sandra There is some debate between the various Biblical commentators as to who the King of Tyre and Gog might be. Tyre (or Tzor in Hebrew) is a great sea-trading city, most likely the city of Tyre in Lebanon. Under King Hiram of Tzor, the people of...

Orthodox Judaism: Queen Esther, purim story, queen esther
purim story, queen esther, secular sources: Hi Don I have never encountered a Jewish source that relates Esther to Astaroth. I suspect this is something you would encounter in secular sources. Esther comes from the word hester , which means concealment. The theme of Purim is concealment: You don...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacred Texts, torah community, spiritual ceremony
torah community, spiritual ceremony, sacred texts: Hi Jon, 1. G-d created and guides the universe and He expects of man to follow His rules and fulfill His commandments. G-d did that so He could bestow the greatest good to mankind. The reason why bad things happened and continue to happen in the world...

Orthodox Judaism: Shavuos, land of israel, omer
land of israel, omer, sunday best: In verse 16 the meaning of Sabbath is week, so it reads the day after the seventh week . Your initial quote was from verse 15 where it discusses the Omer so I thought your question about Shavuos was in relation to the Omer. The 50th day after any weekday...

Orthodox Judaism: shaking hands with the opposite sex, blood relatives, initial business
blood relatives, initial business, managing agent: Dear Diane, I m assuming the man you are referring to was Orthodox Jewish, since you asked me this question. Yes, it is against Jewish law for a man to have any physical contact with a woman that is not his blood relatives, or his wife. (And the same law...

Orthodox Judaism: orthodox men, culture difference, orthodox men
culture difference, orthodox men, dear kathy: Dear Kathy, What you re describing does sound a bit odd. He does seem to want to make a very positive impression, but it sounds a bit over the top, but I could be misreading it. If he s from another country, there could be a simple culture difference at play...

Orthodox Judaism: sanhedrin, servant jacob, servant israel
servant jacob, servant israel, isaiah 53: Barbare, Not sure what the gentiles learning process is, so I can t answer the first part of your question. Secondly, only the Jews who want to learn and spend some time researching will know this; I suspect a great number of Jews, including possibly the...

Orthodox Judaism: not working on sunday/shabbat, getting a job, medievil
getting a job, medievil, cultural sensitivity: Dear Martin, Thank you for your question. For years, Jews have been avoiding working on the Sabbath. Most of the time, it meant not getting a job at all, or not getting the job they wanted, or (hopefully) working for themselves. In today s society where...

Orthodox Judaism: book, lubavitcher rebbe, chitas
lubavitcher rebbe, chitas, siddur: Hi Joel The book that I think you are referring to is called a Chitas . It contains a Siddur, Chumash, Tehillim and the Chassidic book of Tanya. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged people to keep one for protection in the car and any other time one travels....

Orthodox Judaism: hyssop, red heifer, psalm 50
red heifer, psalm 50, hyssop: Hi Henrik Hyssop was traditionally used in two important purification processes, the Red Heifer used to purify one who had been contaminated by a corpse (see Numbers 19) and the leper (see Leviticus 14). King David invokes the hyssop imagery, asking G-d...

Orthodox Judaism: Creation 2, dakes bible, logical assumption
dakes bible, logical assumption, two creations: Hi Murel, I can try to explain the quotes from Isaiah and Jeremiah if you give me the chapter and verse. The little bit of comments on the web I saw when I searched two creations showed me that these people don t quite understand our Torah. I do want...

Orthodox Judaism: How should I dress when visiting an Orthodox Jewish family?, early childhood services, orthodox jewish family
early childhood services, orthodox jewish family, plunging neckline: Hi Angel Great question! It s wonderful to someone as sensitive to the issue as you are. I doubt that the family expects you to dress to their standards, and it seems that you have a good idea of what they will consider modest dress . Yes, definitely...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish name?, questioner, 3am
Orthodox Judaism: Jewish name?, questioner, 3am, ups

Orthodox Judaism: general question, jewish faith, faith hope
jewish faith, faith hope, religious faith: Danielle, Thank you for your kind question. I have changed it to public (rather than private) since it contains no personal information and others may benefit from the answer. Jewishness refers to both nationality and religious faith. A person born of...

Orthodox Judaism: hair, tefilin, egyptian men
tefilin, egyptian men, jewish men: Hi Don, Short hair is prefered. A practical reason is so the tefilin worn on the head will sit well. Short hair is tidy and in fact it is a mitzvah to have it cut in honour of Shabbat and Yom Yov. All the best, Rabbi Yechezkel Fox http://www.e-geress.or...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish name?, jewish surnames, jewish name
jewish surnames, jewish name, jewish origin: David, shalom! There is certainly a category of names that are of Jewish origin, such as Goldberg, Greenberg, Goldstein, Cohen, Levi, Epstein, etc. Take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Jewish_surnames Hope this helps! Rabbi Ari...

Orthodox Judaism: male and pierced ear, torah law, jewish male
torah law, jewish male, halacha: Shalom, I don t know the halacha, ask your local Rabbi. That being said here is my thought: I don t think the issue is with piercing the ear but rather with wearing an earring which could be considered women s attire and that is prohibited by Torah...

Orthodox Judaism: men's hair, devout jews, phylacteries
devout jews, phylacteries, egyptian men: Sorry for the late reply, I don t know if long is acceptable, most devout Jews do not grow their hair very long. Some say it could pose a problem for Tefilin (phylacteries) where too much hair is a barrier between the box and the head but I don t think this...

Orthodox Judaism: Seeing G-d, christian friend, delayed response
christian friend, delayed response, missionary work: Hi Joel, had a problem with my email - apologies for a delayed response. So I think the issue between what you mean and what your friend means is that your definition of G-d is different. G-d is indeed existence itself; He is everything around us, including...

Orthodox Judaism: Shabbat time in ocean, shabbat shalom, kosher cruise
shabbat shalom, kosher cruise, shabbat time: Hi Kosher Cruiser Sounds like quite an intriguing question. I would imagine the first place to start would be your last port of call before that Friday night. You should get a sense there around about when it gets dark. Then, the crew should be able...

Orthodox Judaism: Existance of G-d, torah scholars, exact transmission
torah scholars, exact transmission, earthly existence: Hi Murel, I learn and teach in a Yeshiva where Torah is studied day and night. This hasn t stopped since the Torah was given at Sinai. We know the exact transmission of the Torah all through the generations and we study the incites of Torah scholars...

Orthodox Judaism: Exodus, sinai desert, murel
sinai desert, murel, archaeological evidence: Murel, shalom! Indeed, there is no archaeological evidence the the Exodus ever happened. However, this does not mean much nor does it bother the faithful. While there might not be archaeological evidence, there is better evidence -- the word of God...

Orthodox Judaism: holiness, issiah, what does it mean to be holy
issiah, what does it mean to be holy, holiness: Hi Alex, The word in Hebrew for holy is Kodosh and it has different (although similar) meanings depending on whether it is being used a description of G-d or of man. When talking about G-d it means that He is seperate and in a different realm, in...

Orthodox Judaism: Who is a Jew for Aliyah?, great grandmother, maternal grandmother
great grandmother, maternal grandmother, who is a jew: Dear Matthew, If her mother s great, great grandmother was Jewish, that only makes your wife Jewish if the lineage is traced only by females. It has to be a straight line back, only mother to daughter. So, if her great-great grandmother was Jewish, and...

Orthodox Judaism: kosher cappuccino, kosher symbols, wawa
kosher symbols, wawa, cappuccino: Dear David, Some of them are kosher, and some are not. You would have to check the actual container they re using in the machine for an acceptable kosher symbol. The stores I go to are very happy to show you the container, you just have to ask. Here s...

Orthodox Judaism: kosher cappuccino, hescher, kosher label
hescher, kosher label, flavored coffee: David, Thank you for the kind question. As you probably are already aware, most regular, unflavored coffee is kosher, even though it may not be koshered . Decaf can present a problem due to the substances used in the decaffeinating process so decaf requires...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Judaism/personal relationship with G-d 2, complete jewish bible, orthodox judaism
complete jewish bible, orthodox judaism, spirit returns: Hi Murel You have described G-d perfectly- He is merciful, not vindictive and will never punish us for things that we knew no better about. You have mentioned the fact that so many people are unaware of the Noahide laws. Well, you could argue that the...

Orthodox Judaism: shabbat fire, rabbi meir, prophet ezekiel
rabbi meir, prophet ezekiel, jewish population: Hi David One of the most important things to remember is that G-d is kind and prefers not to punish us. The prophet Ezekiel (Yechezkel) sums it up when he says: Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am...

Orthodox Judaism: What to do?, christian mandate, lion and lamb
christian mandate, lion and lamb, true brotherhood: David, You ask a very interesting and sensitive question. I think most of us just thank them and let it go. If we took offense every time someone made such a statement in a predominately Christian country, we would likely not have much self-esteem or dignity...

Orthodox Judaism: Zohar non-Jews, rabbi isaac luria, divine holiness
rabbi isaac luria, divine holiness, evil inclination: Hi Alex Let me play the rabbi stereotype and respond you your question with a question: What does the Zohar say about souls? . The answer to that would be Plenty . The Zohar teaches a complex model of souls (which is expanded upon in subsequent works...

Orthodox Judaism: Is ואהבת לרעך כּמוך applicable between men and women, and if yes, can you provide some examples, please?, 1492, men and women
1492, men and women, neighbor: Hello, the treat your neighbor as you yourself would like to be treated phrase definitely applies to men and women in their interactions. Not sure what you re looking for as an example, but I don t see how you would treat a woman differently than a man...

Orthodox Judaism: Is ואהבת לרעך כּמוך applicable between men and women, and if yes, can you provide some examples, please?, talmudic sage, benefit of the doubt
talmudic sage, benefit of the doubt, rebbe: Hi Confused Unquestionably yes! The meaning of ואהבת לרעך כּמוך is to treat a person as you would like them to treat you. To quote the famous Talmudic sage, Hillel, it...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish leadership flirts christian preacher., own religion, jews
Orthodox Judaism: jewish leadership flirts christian preacher., own religion, jews, conversion

Orthodox Judaism: help?, evil inclination, prayer session
evil inclination, prayer session, tefilin: a) the thing itself was right, -- sometimes you can be faced with a dilemma but usually halacha prescribes what to do b) my motivation for it was right,-- the Rabbis teach that it is ok to do something for ulterior motives because in the end you will do...

Orthodox Judaism: jewish leadership flirts christian preacher., new testament theology, john hagee
new testament theology, john hagee, washington dc usa: Hi Karl You are right: Jews should be very careful not to compromise our beliefs for the support that other people will promise us. At the same time, I don t want to play G-d and predict if He will bless or turn His back on us based on our choices. Let...

Orthodox Judaism: Jewish Messianic Tradition, messianic times, two temples
messianic times, two temples, abraham isaac: Hi Lynn, I apologize for sounding impatient, that was not my intention. Our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and/or Jacob knew that two Temples will be built and will be destroyed. When Joseph met Benjamin in Egypt, they cried over the destruction, being that...

Orthodox Judaism: why jews do not speak out?, messiah jesus christ, tribulation period
messiah jesus christ, tribulation period, book of revelation: Dear Karl I guess the answer is simply that the Jewish people believe that our role in the world is to do what G-d wants. When we follow Him, He sorts out our problems. Sure, we speak up when necessary, but too often people don t want to hear, so we d rather...

Orthodox Judaism: menstrual uncleanliness, spiritual purity, marital satisfaction
spiritual purity, marital satisfaction, woman experiences: Hi Joseph I generally prefer to avoid using the word clean in this context, because it really has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene. The menstrual laws are about spiritual purity and a temporary state of impurity that a married woman experiences...

Orthodox Judaism: menstrual uncleanliness, mikva, holy temple
mikva, holy temple, menstrual cycle: Hello, There are two aspects to the law of menstruation; one is the uncleanliness which does not apply today because we are all unclean anyway for reasons such as exposure to dead bodies and these laws of uncleanliness primarily apply to the prohibition...

Orthodox Judaism: menstrual uncleanliness, ritual bath, mikvah
ritual bath, mikvah, time of the month: Dear Joseph, I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I was out of town over the weekend. First, the menstrual uncleanliness that you mentioned is an incorrect term. The concept of impurity does not mean unclean. It is a different state of...

Orthodox Judaism: pet food, orthodox rabbi, kosher foods
orthodox rabbi, kosher foods, gemara: Marc, shalom! The prohibition to derive any benefit from milk and meat mixtures only applies to milk and meat mixtures which are biblically prohibited. One may derive benefit from mixtures that are only rabbinically prohibited, such as chicken and milk....

Orthodox Judaism: Temples, sects of judaism, jewish sects
sects of judaism, jewish sects, messiah 3: Hi Gene, I can only answer you according to what I know from authentic Jewish sources, everything else is meaningless. 1.No. Although a synagogue is know as a miniature Temple because it resembles it in some ways. 2.Yes after the arrival of the...

Orthodox Judaism: adultery...., david rosenblum, legal wife
david rosenblum, legal wife, happy new year: Hi Joseph, The following is theoretical only. The Torah does not prohibit polygamy for men. Provided the second woman is a legal wife, there is no prohibition of adultery. It has nothing to do with getting permission from the first wife. As a practical...

Orthodox Judaism: adultery..., light in your eyes, adultery
light in your eyes, adultery, abraham: Hi Joseph, I have a secret I want to tell you. Your wife doesn t want you to lie with any other woman but her. Not sure of your particular situation, but this is a fact. Do yourself a favor and go buy your wife some flowers and tell her you desire no other...

Orthodox Judaism: Interpretation of Hebrew in the Bible, creation narrative, elo
Orthodox Judaism: Interpretation of Hebrew in the Bible, creation narrative, elo, scriptures

Orthodox Judaism: genesis 1:27, hebrew translation, genesis 1
hebrew translation, genesis 1, otam: Hi Azriel, Firstly the Hebrew is not a translation, it is the original. The word oto means him and the word otam means them. You wrote: That god made Adam male and female and when Eve was created they became separately male and female That...

Orthodox Judaism: Holiday dates, email reminders, jewish dates
email reminders, jewish dates, holy day: Hi Lee It sounds like there is something wrong with that program (Yom Kippur is definitely on Saturday this year). Check if it is set to the right year and the right time zone (a time zone conflict could make it appear to be a day out). For future reference,...

Orthodox Judaism: Interpretation of Hebrew in the Bible, messianic jew, jewish perspective
messianic jew, jewish perspective, hebrew word: Hi Sheldon, Firstly sorry for my slow response, I was stuck in the States due to the hurricane and cancelation of my flight and so I was away from my computer. Concerning the first issue: Since every Hebrew word has a three letter root and echad,...

Orthodox Judaism: long hair, orthodox women, jewish women
orthodox women, jewish women, long hair: Hi Elaine, Not sure why your church teaches women to not cut their hair; to my knowledge, Jews aren t prohibited from cutting their hair. Orthodox women are required to cover their hair (whether it s short or long) in public, though. Hope that helps....

Orthodox Judaism: Meaning of a name + way to spell it, meaning of a name, correct spelling
meaning of a name, correct spelling, web side: Hi Daniela, To be honest I am not familiar with the name Lyelle. All I know is that girls are called Leah and Lyelle pronounced lay-a-le is used as a nick-name. Hope all goes well with the birth, All the best, Rabbi Yechezkel Fox ...

Orthodox Judaism: the name, camp jacob, brother jacob
camp jacob, brother jacob, brother esau: Hi, Not at all. It is a pleasure. I suggest you read Genesis. To summarize: Jacob s brother Esau wanted to kill Jacob. Each nation is assigned an angel in Heaven, they act as powerful protectors and advance the interests of their nation. Esau was becoming...

Orthodox Judaism: Silence, book of isaiah, excercise
book of isaiah, excercise, prophecies: Hi Henrik Silence is used as a metaphor for humility. By saying that a person should be silent in front of G-d, Isaiah implies that we should almost disappear when in the presence of G-d. As one comes to understand that one is always in His presence, so...

Orthodox Judaism: Offhand., questioner, judaism
Orthodox Judaism: Offhand., questioner, judaism, rhetoric

Orthodox Judaism: genesis, evil inclination, creation theory
evil inclination, creation theory, creation of man: Hi Jesson, The first account is a very brief description of creation just for us to have the knowledge that G-d was the Creator. The second goes into more details leading to the creation of man. Yes they are to be taken literally, very much so....

Orthodox Judaism: Offhand., messiah jesus christ, tribulation period
messiah jesus christ, tribulation period, book of revelation: Hi Vernon Thank you for your concern and response. I would love to believe that telling a different narrative of the Jesus story would curb antisemitism. Unfortunately, I don t believe that is the case, especially considering that a substantial amount of...

Orthodox Judaism: satan/ devil, satan devil, mischievous creatures
satan devil, mischievous creatures, king saul: Hi Jesson Judaism teaches that the evil spirits or demons were created on the sixth day of Creation, after Adam and Eve. In fact, they were created at the last minute , during the twilight period, just before the Sabbath entered. As a result, they are...

Orthodox Judaism: Sodom, acts of kindness, rightous
acts of kindness, rightous, social breakdown: Hi Don, Full disclosure: I am not a Rabbi. What was going on in Sodom that was so evilly different from the other cities? -Sodom suffered from a social breakdown besides its sexual sins. One was prohibited from performing acts of kindness, e.g. a young...

Orthodox Judaism: Sodom, sodom and gomorrah, religious circles
sodom and gomorrah, religious circles, rightous: Don, You ask some very compelling questions. The rabbinic understanding of the sins of Sodom have historically been greed and lack of hospitality (even to the point of intentionally hurting others, especially strangers, just for the fun of it). Why Sodom...

Orthodox Judaism: blood transfusions, sexual unions, blood transfusion
sexual unions, blood transfusion, alimentary tract: Janet, I m glad you asked a follow up (btw the system only allows three total questions in a series so you will not be able to follow up in this question unless you ask an entirely new question) as I was going to amend my previous answer if you did not, after...

Orthodox Judaism: praying for someone's death, hot lines, evil man
hot lines, evil man, restraining orders: Hi Alex, How old are you now? If there is a possible danger to anyone then report to the police. You don t need evidence to recieve protection. Restraining orders can be granted. If not police, there hot-lines for abuse and they can advise. To be honest,...

Orthodox Judaism: Rehoboam's wife, grandparents as parents, oral traditions
grandparents as parents, oral traditions, rehoboam: Hi James You are right that there s some debate about this. A big reason for the debate is the Scripture s common reference to grandchildren as children and grandparents as parents. If a child was raised by a grandparent (where the parent had died), there...

Orthodox Judaism: Eziekiel 28, King of tyre is not satan
King of tyre is not satan: Roni, Thank you for your kind words and interesting question. I cannot find any historical data on the King of Tyre, but, as you know, many personages from the Bible do not show up otherwise in history. The text speaks of both the Prince of Tyre and the King...

Orthodox Judaism: Eziekiel, hebrew term, melech
hebrew term, melech, tyrus: Hi Roni, In verse 2 the Hebrew term used is nagid, which means a ruler i.e. all the practical power was in his hands. In verse 12 the Hebrew is melech, which means a king. His name was Hiram and it seems like he was more a figure head than a practical...

Orthodox Judaism: Micah, ephrathah, power outages
ephrathah, power outages, descendant: So sorry for the long wait; the distractions of hurricane Sandy and Wednesday s nor easter with power outages had me busy with other things. As you guessed, this verse does not refer to the Nazarene. It refers to the Messiah who is a descendant from king...

Orthodox Judaism: adultry, kosher slaughter, family purity
kosher slaughter, family purity, purity laws: Hi Frank, I don t get it; you lived in a Christian home? Yet you are Jewish? I think you need to focus on one thing a time; worrying about other things will take the attention off of something important and nothing will get done. From all the issues...

Orthodox Judaism: atonement and redemption, rabbi tovia singer, spiritual salvation
rabbi tovia singer, spiritual salvation, kosher meat: Hi Frank, I am beginning to understand where you are coming from with this question. Please forgive me for not catching on earlier and for missing your subtle points in the future. The lamb was not really an atonement but rather a transition. The Jews...

Orthodox Judaism: Biblical Meaning, mitzvot, tanach
mitzvot, tanach, pesach: Hi Roni, The testimonies are the mitzvot which by are our very observance is a testimony eg. Shabbat and the Festivals such as Pesach and Succot. The statutes are mitzvot which man could never have arrived at by ourselves such as not wearing...

Orthodox Judaism: Deification of Messiah, clouds of heaven, night visions
clouds of heaven, night visions, deification: Hi Andrew You have broached a very extensive discussion here, which we can begin to address here, but really deserves much more investigation, conversation and study. Firstly, Judaism does not believe in the deification of the Messiah. Yes, G-d pours...

Orthodox Judaism: Nazerite vow, neder, adonai
neder, adonai, vow: Hi Robert, Yes you right we cannot do it because there is no Temple. Taking a vow is also not recommended because the repercussions are very severe if you fail to keep it. Therefore what you should is say: Bli neder (with no vow) I will do such...

Orthodox Judaism: Circumscision, circumscision, time of the day
circumscision, time of the day, israelites: Hi Eddie, After the sin of the spies, a hot wind would blow at a certain time of the day and this wind posed a danger for those who would be circumcised, therefore it was not done. All the best, Rabbi Yechezkel Fox http://www.e-geress.org http://www.squidoo.com/numbersinjudaism...

Orthodox Judaism: oral sex is permitted by halacha?, thanx
Orthodox Judaism: oral sex is permitted by halacha?, thanx

Orthodox Judaism: oral sex is permitted by halacha?, question thanks, teshuva
question thanks, teshuva, sex practices: Hi, I m really sorry I haven t gotten back to you until now. I still don t have the sources you asked for. With Pesach preparations I haven t found the time. It is constantly in the back of my mind, though, and I haven t forgotten, and I will try to find...

Orthodox Judaism: A question about the names in the book of Genesis.., plural terms, hebrew name
plural terms, hebrew name, book of genesis: Hi Victor Thank you for your question! There are a number of names used to refer to G-d. In the beginning, the Torah only uses the name of G-d associated with creation. When G-d creates, you see different expressions of His power (strength, mercy, kindness...

Orthodox Judaism: Ramban, fundamental patterns, christian idea
fundamental patterns, christian idea, future event: Hi Ovadiah I m guessing that by double prophecy you mean the suggestion that one prophecy refers to more than one future event. The Ramban teaches that the stories of our forefathers plays out in our history. In the same way as Avraham was forced...

Orthodox Judaism: Redemption, angels and demons, yetzer hara
angels and demons, yetzer hara, cristianity: Hi Gershom Here are some interesting resources to look at: Midrash Bereishit Rabba 29-31, Likutei Torah on the portion of Emor (problem is you may battle to find this in English). As for Chava, Adam and the Yetzer Horah- before the sin, the Yetzer...

Orthodox Judaism: Woman and the bible.., male servants, female servant
male servants, female servant, inferior species: Hi Katrina, I cannot speak for the New Testament. Thanks for the challenging question. Please forgive me if you find any of my explanations lacking. I will address your questions out of order: a) Deut. 1st, this woman captive would be sold as a...

Orthodox Judaism: Chesed vs Gemilut Hadadim, loving kindness, giving time
loving kindness, giving time, hi bob: Hi Bob, You ve raised an interesting issue. Let me respond in line with your specific questions: a. Gemilut means disburse or share. b. Hasadim means kindnesses. c & d. Chesed is kindness. A person may be naturally kind (a ba al chesed ) or may...

Orthodox Judaism: What's the difference?, joy in commandments, to life
joy in commandments, to life: Anthony, Thank you for your kind question. You have hit a nail on the head maybe even unwittingly so: Judaism is more do than believe , less theological than action. Some of the differences include: 1) The commandments. Throughout the Hebrew Bible,...

Orthodox Judaism: fiance troubles, orthodox jew, orthodox jews
orthodox jew, orthodox jews, teeny bopper: Miriam, shalom- It is true, Orthodox Jew may not pray in a Reform Temple at any time. If your fiance is truly orthodox, and you are truly reform, I would counsel re-considering the viability and success of such a marriage. Yours truly, Rabbi...

Orthodox Judaism: G-d's attributes, traditional judaism, time flies
traditional judaism, time flies, kabbalists: The difference is simply the prism through which both are peering: the former takes up the question in a physical sense, the latter in a metaphysical one. While there are no perfect analogies, think about terms like the wind blows or time flies . Neither,...

Orthodox Judaism: mammories - evolution, david rosenblum, rabbi david
david rosenblum, rabbi david, shock waves: Hi Ilan, I am not a Rabbi. There was a child that needed nursing and no mother was available so G-d made a miracle for that person. No one denies things evolve, there a chickens that have developed characteristics of predatory birds and some have raised...

Orthodox Judaism: mikveh, premarital sex, jewish law
premarital sex, jewish law, gist: Dear Miriam, I m sorry it took so long to get back to you. I had to find out the laws from my husband. I hope I m not being too frank, but this is what I discovered. Because premarital sex is not permissible according to Jewish law, there are many that...

Orthodox Judaism: The movie Chocolat, confused mind, true spirit
confused mind, true spirit, indoctrination: Hi Don, Your are in great danger! Once you start building your views from Holywood movies you have left the real world and entered the world of imagination and indoctrination. The producers of the movie first off all must make money and secondly they...

Orthodox Judaism: The movie Chocolat, devil is in the details, muslim leaders
devil is in the details, muslim leaders, confused mind: There are two points to your question. 1. What is the point of following a law when people are bad? There are selfish people on both side of the fence. I don t believe that anarchists are more moral than law abiding people. I think there is something...

Orthodox Judaism: a question...., brother abel, seven generations
brother abel, seven generations, avenged sevenfold: Hi Victor That s an interesting question. While the classical translation is that the one who killed Cain would be avenged sevenfold . Rashi, who is the leading commentator on the Torah, notes that it means that Cain s death would only come about seven...

Orthodox Judaism: religion, pilgrimage to jerusalem, jewish temple in jerusalem
pilgrimage to jerusalem, jewish temple in jerusalem, prayer meditation: Hi Bakhita Good luck with your assignment! - Yes, I have visited the Western Wall (as we like to call it) a number of times. I find it to be a moving and spiritual place, somewhere that unites people- where you see all types of people (some who would...

Orthodox Judaism: seduction, pre marital sex, chapter and verse
pre marital sex, chapter and verse, seduction: Hi Miriam, Shemoth 22:15 This refers to a girl less than 12 and a half years old. Also, it is her decision whether to force marriage upon him, she can opt out. If a man were caught today having sex with a 12 year old and she (and/or her father) insist...

Orthodox Judaism: the soft bendable matzos, ancient customs, matzot
ancient customs, matzot, rabbi: David, shalom! The soft matzot you find sold today are baked in accordance with ancient customs that, for whatever reason, are no longer followed. For the last 400 years, Ashkenazim have only used the very flat hard-type that are common today. Sefardim...

Orthodox Judaism: Soul, psalm 146, study scripture
psalm 146, study scripture, hebrew word: Hi Gershom I think the suggestion that Samuel himself did not really appear to Saul is possible, but that certainly is not the literal meaning of the passage, nor the meaning described by most commentators. The reference to a G-dlike being is no surprise,...

Orthodox Judaism: Soul, psalm 146, chassidic masters
psalm 146, chassidic masters, hebrew word: Hi Gershom, In Judaism, many sages have done extensive research and work, and the conclusion they came to was that there are five levels of soul. Our sages have said: She is called by five names: Nefesh (soul), Ruach (spirit), Neshamah (breath), Chayah (life)...

Orthodox Judaism: Wine and havdalah, spiritual atmosphere, havdalah
spiritual atmosphere, havdalah, shabbat: Hi Joel Great question! As Shabbat leaves, we tend to feel a bit low having lost the spiritual atmosphere and relaxation of Shabbat. The wine (and the spices) at havdalah are designed to inject a bit of joy into our week, so that we don t start off feeling...

Orthodox Judaism: 2 questions, transliterated hebrew, orthodox jew
transliterated hebrew, orthodox jew, ashkanazi: Hi Joel, Sorry for the delay.I am currently visiting the UK. Yom Hashoah has no special greeting. On Tisha B av, the saddest day of the Jewish year it is forbidden to greet each other but this day is not an official Jewish day of mourning it originates...

Orthodox Judaism: Converting, jewish faith, minded community
jewish faith, minded community, jewish friends: Hi Pieter You re definitely right that this is a major- and not easy- journey to undertake. You need to anticipate that the Jewish community till probably be quite wary of you at first, because many people who wish to convert land up being unable to complete...

Orthodox Judaism: Israel, peace and justice, strides
Orthodox Judaism: Israel, peace and justice, strides, torah

Orthodox Judaism: Health beliefs and tips for communication, loyal customer base, torah laws
loyal customer base, torah laws, religious jews: Hi Hollia, It is not a blanket rule for any complications. The rule applies when the child is endangering the life of the mother. In that case some authorities have ruled that the child is technically considered as someone who is attempting murder...

Orthodox Judaism: Israel, torah values, zionist movement
torah values, zionist movement, torah law: Hi Miriam You re touching on some very sensitive issues here. These questions have divided the Jewish community since the Zionist movement began. You are correct, Israel is a country that must be governed by the laws and standards of Torah. But, it is...

Orthodox Judaism: Mashiach and ha Satan, evil satan, yetzer hara
evil satan, yetzer hara, jewish encyclopedia: Hi Gershom G-d converts the Satan to good :) The ultimate purpose of all evil/ darkness is to be transformed to light, which is what will happen when Mashiach comes. The truth is that a lot gets lost in translation, so maybe rebuke is not the most...

Orthodox Judaism: name of God, name of god, vain hope
name of god, vain hope, disuse: Al, shalom! Taking the name of God in vain in Biblical times usually consisted of a) cursing someone with the use of God s name or b) Taking an oath in God s name that one later violates. While these two examples theoretically exist today, they have...

Orthodox Judaism: nazirite vow, nazarite vow, nazirite vow
nazarite vow, nazirite vow, temple altar: Hi Miriam, A Nazarite vow is a very serious matter. Since we have no Temple today there is no way to end a Nazarite vow. Also outside of Israel, a Nazir is forbidden to cut his hair, but if the Nazarite vow was for a year, that year has to be observed...

Orthodox Judaism: painful separation, family feuds, communal clashes
family feuds, communal clashes, jewish mysticism: Hi Miriam I am so sorry to hear about your separation and sincerely hope that you and your husband will be able to reconcile. Ok, I don t know you personally, so I hope you won t take offence at what I m going to say (especially, since it doesn t answer...

Orthodox Judaism: Questions about Genesis, ethical treatment of animals, animal sacrifices
ethical treatment of animals, animal sacrifices, temple priests: Hi Pamela Hebrew has more than one word for soul . The word you are referring to is nefesh , which is essentially the life-force that keeps the body alive. In this regard, animals and humans share a similar soul- an animating force that keeps them alive....

Orthodox Judaism: Highest Praise, praise question, end of psalms
praise question, end of psalms, highest praise: From the verse in Psalms 106:2, the Rabbis teach that one should not attempt to praise G-d more than necessary. As the verse implies, that if you are going to give a lot of praise, you need to give all the praise which is impossible. So we praise G-d as...

Orthodox Judaism: What does it means to "bless" G-d?, psalm 103, hebrew words
psalm 103, hebrew words, prayer service: Hi Bob Interesting question! Hebrew is an intriguing language and, unfortunately, things are often lost in translation. As you have noted, the word baruch (or barukh) is loosely translated as blessed . In effect, there are a number of Hebrew words...

Orthodox Judaism: Nazarite vow, vows
vows: Trevor, The Nazarite vow cannot be taken in the absence of a Temple. If you are truly Jewish and have really done such a thing, contact your Rabbi immediately. Vows should never be taken without knowing exactly what you are doing or without a complete...

Orthodox Judaism: a new day !, hebrew to english, lord thy god
hebrew to english, lord thy god, complicated questions: Hi Yovel, The verses in Genesis is used by the Talmud as a proof that the day starts at night. And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree;his body shall not remain all night upon the...

Orthodox Judaism: A new day !, hebrew to english, morning prayers
hebrew to english, morning prayers, complicated questions: Hello Yovel, A Jewish Calendar day is comprised of the night starting around sundown followed by the day that starts around sunrise, until the next sundown. So approximately 24 hrs. sundown to sundown. Therefore the Sabbath, Yom kippur, Passover etc....

Orthodox Judaism: premarital sex, teshuva, torah states, common law wife
torah states, common law wife, sex before marriage: Hi Alex, Strictly technically speaking, if you were not Jewish, then your act could be considered as no sin at all. Since you were committed to your boyfriend, you would be considered a common law wife in which case there is no sin. Now that you are...

Orthodox Judaism: Process of convertion, conversion to judaism
conversion to judaism: Eithan, Thank you for your kind question. A good book on conversion would be a great idea and I m not sure if anyone has ever taken advantage of the idea. As such, I can t help you there. Excellent books on Judaism itself that I would recommend include Herman...

Orthodox Judaism: Second day 3, orthodox rabbi, yom tov
orthodox rabbi, yom tov, oral law: Hi Joel, b I don t find satisfactory the constant answer that the oral law says so therefore it is so /b There is no such thing in Judaism. The oral law is readily available to all Jews willing to study it. There are no secrets and even laymen...

Orthodox Judaism: Second days, israeli jews, ancestral roots
israeli jews, ancestral roots, simple logic: Hi Joel, b The omer was allowed to be harvested even if it had to be done on the Sabbath. /b In fact the Sadducees disagreed on this with the Sages and so it was made into a public ceremony. Before they would cut the omer they would ask What day...

Orthodox Judaism: belly dancing, orthodox women, core strength
orthodox women, core strength, belly dancing: It is not forbidden, if that is your question. Orthodox women are not supposed to dance in front of men they are not related to, and this type of dance would be included in that. But the style of dance itself is permitted (and excellent for core strength)....

Orthodox Judaism: The breakup, golden calves, king rehoboam
golden calves, king rehoboam, intermarriage: Hello Don, You are referring to Kings 1 12:28? That was obviously idol worship (two golden calves). And the priests were commoners as in verse 31 ibid. The splitting of the kingdom was a punishment for Salomon having allowed his wives to commit idol...

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, Conversion to Judaism, reform conversion
Conversion to Judaism, reform conversion, what happens if messianic becomes Jewish : Alex, Thank you for your question and honesty in presenting it. You have obviously done your homework and I believe we would all be honored to have you join us in faith given your integrity, zeal and honest evaluation of the situation. Reform is not recognized...

Orthodox Judaism: Highest Praise, highest praise, reverance
highest praise, reverance, talmud: Hi Byron, Yes. The Talmud says that there are 15 different expressions of praise used in Psalms and the greatest of them all is i Hallelukah /i because it combines the praise and G-d s name in one word - i hallel /i means praise and Kah (I am...

Orthodox Judaism: masturbation, spiritual challenge, spiritual energy
spiritual challenge, spiritual energy, creative powers: Hi Alex Masturbation is one of the most difficult things to control/ master, especially since it is so accepted (and often encouraged in society). There are three principles to keep in mind with this or any other spiritual challenge: 1. Every success...

Orthodox Judaism: prayers, blessings, mincha, side dishes
mincha, side dishes, rabbi: Miriam, shalom! 1. There is mention in halachic literature that it is better to recite mincha later in the day, but common custom is not to be particular with this. It may be recited all afternoon. 2. I subscribe to the view that hamotzee should...

Orthodox Judaism: convert marrying cohen, jewess, married man
jewess, married man, gentile: Hi Alex, A Cohen is not allowed to marry even a Jewess that has had relations with someone she could not in theory marry (ie a gentile or a married man). This is assumed to have taken place with the convert and she is automatically disqualified to...

Orthodox Judaism: RE: COHEN, poor choice of words, choice of words
Orthodox Judaism: RE: COHEN, poor choice of words, choice of words, jew

Orthodox Judaism: female rabbis, judaism women, rabbinical student
judaism women, rabbinical student, jewish tradition: Hi Miriam, You didn t get upset. That speaks volumes about your character. I could perhaps research more about Deborah but let us start with a Midrash in Esther Rabbah 5:4. The Midrash explains that when the Torah mentions a person immediately after...

Orthodox Judaism: gentile souls, hebrew scriptures, external scrutiny
hebrew scriptures, external scrutiny, internal memos: Alex, All souls have a divine source: G-d. Kabbalah teaches that Jews have an additional soul or layer of soul for the purpose of carrying out our divine obligations (the commandments). Gentiles are responsible for 7 mitzvot and Jews for 613; obviously we...

Orthodox Judaism: Holy days, holy temple, holy days
holy temple, holy days, sacrifices: Thank you for your question. The object of keeping the holidays is to become close to God. In the days of the Holy Temple, that was via prayer and sacrifices. Now, we don t have the Temple, but we do still God, and prayer, of course. So the purpose of the...

Orthodox Judaism: Mingled Stuff, shatnez, cotton polyester
shatnez, cotton polyester, deuteronomy 22: You were told correctly. Deut. 22:11 spells it out, wool and linen and Leviticus refers to the word Shatnez without specifying what it is made of. Any fabric mixture that does not contain wool and linen together, does not fall under the prohibition of...

Orthodox Judaism: misogony
Women have many roles including teaching their children, taking care of the home, candle-lighting, removal of the offering portion of dough, supporting their husbands so they may participate in studying and other holy tasks, among others. Women are valued...

Orthodox Judaism: RE: COHEN, shulchan aruch, kohen
shulchan aruch, kohen, sexual relationship: Barbara, shalom! Indeed, once the daughter of an illegitimate kohen relationship marries a regular Jew --- a daughter born from THAT marriage MAY marry a kohen. This is the ruling in the Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha ezer 7:16. Hope this helps! Rabbi...

Orthodox Judaism: Esau, western democracies, moabite
western democracies, moabite, sennacherib: Hi Yovel Good question! According to the Talmud, after Sennacherib conquered most of the developed world in about 700 BCE, he transplanted most of the local communities into foreign environments. As a result, most nations assimilated and we are no longer...

Orthodox Judaism: fasting, david rosenblum, rabbi david
david rosenblum, rabbi david, unresolved question: Hello David, Did you see the disclaimer in my bio? I am not a Rabbi and I cannot pasken. That being said I will give you my thoughts. One cannot transgress an issur of eating when his act is not considered eating . Since soil or nails are not food,...

Orthodox Judaism: food on a fast, 22b, fingernails
22b, fingernails, nutritional value: Shalom! Food is defined as something that has nutritional value or that provides an enjoyable taste. Fingernails do not have either of these qualities and therefore, one who eats his fingernails on a fast day is not considered to have broken his fast....

Orthodox Judaism: Genesis 6, genesis chapter 6, genesis 6
genesis chapter 6, genesis 6, hebrew word: Hi Brad, There are 2 opinions. The Hebrew word for G-d here can also mean a judge. So one opinion says as you said, and the other opinion understands it as sons of judges. Both opinions can be true as the text lends itself to both meanings and they...

Orthodox Judaism: hair covering, orthodox woman, orthodox women
orthodox woman, orthodox women, islamic religion: Dear Miriam, An Orthodox woman covers her hair after marriage because of modesty. She does it after marriage but not before, since a married woman has a different status than that of an unmarried one. The Islamic religion was born over a thousand years after...

Orthodox Judaism: Jeremiah, jeremiah chapter, nebuchadnezzar king of babylon
jeremiah chapter, nebuchadnezzar king of babylon, king of babylon: Hi Yoel, So I read chapter 27 and I am not sure what your question is. There is no contradiction between serving Nebuchadnezzar and keeping Shabbos; why couldn t both be done? You pay taxes to Nebuchadnezzar, keep the laws of his government and keep Shabbos....

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox and translation, douay rheims, millennium bible
douay rheims, millennium bible, understanding the bible: Hi Michael Happy hunting :) I am sure that with determination and honesty, you will find the right path. As for your questions: The word is actually educate , not train . It means that you need to understand the child and guide him/her in line with...

Orthodox Judaism: Anxiety regarding burial, maximum time frame, town relatives
maximum time frame, town relatives, burial arrangements: Dear Rose I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and wish you strength and peace of mind through this time. As you say, only the A-lmighty knows when a person will leave this world, and only He can decide to, please G-d, extend that lifespan and, more...

Orthodox Judaism: The Book of Enoch, nephilim giants, book of enoch
nephilim giants, book of enoch, jews in egypt: Hi Mike, I agree with you that G-d does not have to be informed of anything. The Book of Enoch is not part of our Torah and I have never even seen it quoted in any Torah sources. As far as G-d hearing the cries of the Jews in Egypt, for e.g.,...

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, shabbat dinners, orthodox jewish community
shabbat dinners, orthodox jewish community, studying the torah: Hi Victoria Sorry for the delay in responding! You have definitely made the right move by getting in touch with a local rabbi. Don t rush things, as you will be making some very important decisions, which should only be made with proper consideration....

Orthodox Judaism: kabalah, jewish texts, correct spelling
jewish texts, correct spelling, jewish beliefs: Hi Sonia Don t worry about the spelling of the word, be careful whose stuff you read. Kabbalah is powerful (and most of it is very technical). Unfortunately, there are many people (especially online) who claim to teach Kabbalah, but don t offer the real...

Orthodox Judaism: kasruth, pagan deity, pagan rituals
pagan deity, pagan rituals, rabbinical supervision: Hi Laurie Lol! The Torah could generically refer to all books of Torah-writings, including what we call the Oral Torah , but I see why you found it confusing. As I understand it, the meat/fish issue has basis in medical writings- even today. I m no...

Orthodox Judaism: Naming Pets In Judaism, negative trait, critical debate
negative trait, critical debate, jewish person: Hi Nicole, Please know that I am not a Rabbi. I never heard of a provision for naming a pet after a person. It is most certainly not encouraged. I would avoid it for the following reason (this is my own judgement and subject to critical debate): ...

Orthodox Judaism: An Orthodox Conversion, seven noahide laws, orthodox conversion
seven noahide laws, orthodox conversion, t rush: Hi Candice Shanah Tovah to you too :) As you have probably discovered, Judaism doesn t rush people to convert. We believe that every person should live according to the Seven Noahide Laws and that is good enough to bring them into a relationship with...

Orthodox Judaism: Synagogue, shabbat dinners, orthodox jewish community
shabbat dinners, orthodox jewish community, studying the torah: Dear Victoria, I m so sorry that it took so long to get back to you. You sound like you are on a long and very moving journey. I hope it brings you a lot of happiness. Yes, you can attend services. I would suggest that you dress in accordance with Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: the Aramaic words for death, dozens upon dozens, aramaic word
dozens upon dozens, aramaic word, targums: Dear Chaim, I am not a Rabbi. Great question. Mosa means death. I am unable to explain why the Targums chose that word. But I found in the tochacha in Bechukoisai, the word dever translated as mosana , which is the arameic word for pestilence....

Orthodox Judaism: illness or possesion ?, Demons in Judaism
Demons in Judaism : Steve, Thank you for your kind question and we pray for the recovery of your wife. May her cure come quickly! Jews do not believe, in general, in demons or demonic possession. All of the Hebrew and Christian Scripture references to the like indicate man s...

Orthodox Judaism: illness or possesion ?, orthodox rabbi, pet goat
orthodox rabbi, pet goat, miraculous healing: Hi Steve, I am very glad to hear your bride is cured. As far as the goat is concerned, there is some thing similar by the Scape-goat of the Day of Anointment. However in your case, your best goat is the same as all the others and has no demons within...

Orthodox Judaism: illness or possesion ?, airplane crashes, lifetime study
airplane crashes, lifetime study, pet goat: I am glad your bride is well. I sincerely believe it is sad when people believe in superstition. Any belief must be based on lifetime study of subjects by experts. The only people who you can begin to trust giving any opinion on such subjects are those...

Orthodox Judaism: Kel Shaddai, thanks in advance, righteous person
thanks in advance, righteous person, shaddai: Hi Ovadiah, Sorry for the delay in replying. My daughter got engaged around the same time as your question and it got forgotten about in the excitement. Kel Shakkai. Kel means the Almighty and Shakkai has a couple of meanings. 1. The All Sufficing...

Orthodox Judaism: Pronouns of prayer
Proper Hebrew grammar is to refer to Hashem as a He . As far as what God s essence is, whether God is a He or a She is immaterial, as God is removed from any human conception of His existence. As such, the prayers should be recited in their traditional...

Orthodox Judaism: Chanuka story, Blood libel, Maccabee
Blood libel, Maccabee, Hanukkah: Sheva: This sounded like antisemetic propaganda at first blush. I did not know how he died before I researched it, but I did know he died early in the uprising based upon the Maccabee story in the Apocraphal writings. The first link confirms this. I don...

Orthodox Judaism: ghosts
What the Jewish people believed then is the same thing they believe now. There is no basis for the ghost in Jewish religion that I am aware of. Many lessons were taken from Jewish teaching, such as Do unto others , etc, but the trinity was not. Best of luck,...

Orthodox Judaism: Talmud
Absolutely not! I would be more than happy to discuss this issue and any of the passages which you feel support pedophilia in the Talmud with you after you answer my simple question: do you believe in the Talmud when it says that the Messiah has not come?...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Jews
We believe in one God Who created us all and from whom we have the Torah. The Torah (bible) is a book of stories, lessons and commandments that we learn from obey. We also believe in the World to Come. Your question was a big vague so I m not sure if this...

Orthodox Judaism: Can I be jewish?, jewish immigrant, great grandmother
jewish immigrant, great grandmother, jewish faith: Hi Lance! You may very well be halachically Jewish. In order to determine this you must seek out a Rabbi in your area. Don t worry about attending synagogue or even calling a rabbi -- you will not be rejected. Good luck! Rabbi Ari Enki...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifice, abraham and isaac, blood and guts
abraham and isaac, blood and guts, jewish sacrifices: Hi Erin As you can imagine, there is a fortune of information on this subject and you would do well to look into more than just the information I can give you briefly here. This would be a good place to start: http://www.chabad.org/search/results.asp?searchWord=sacrifice...

Orthodox Judaism: Hospice, kiddish, kaddish
kiddish, kaddish, time of death: Dear Tabitha, I think it would depend on whether or not the patient would appreciate it. If your patient allows you to give me his/her first name only, and the name of his/her mother, I can get someone in my community to say Kaddish after s/he passes. What...

Orthodox Judaism: Jesus in Passover?, passover sacrifice, hebrew scriptures
passover sacrifice, hebrew scriptures, remission of sin: Joel, Thank you for the kind follow-up. As you probably know already, Daniel was written by 2 and maybe 3 authors. You may also know that Daniel is not considered a prophet by Judaism; their works appear in our Writings rather than our Prophets. The weeks...

Orthodox Judaism: Judah Priesthood, brother of moses, discrete questions
brother of moses, discrete questions, tribe of levi: Hi Ernie There is no clear prohibition in the Torah against another tribe being priest. G-d chose which family/ tribe He wanted to have as priests and no human has the option to join or leave that special group. In fact, the infamous rebellion of Korach...

Orthodox Judaism: kosher, kosher question, kosher supervision
kosher question, kosher supervision, orthodox jews: As long as the family you are cooking for is in agreement and you have been trained to follow the rules of kasruth I can see no reason why not. Please do not take the matron if the house checking on you from time to time as an insult. It will be a meticulous...

Orthodox Judaism: Sacrifices, peace offerings, sin offerings
peace offerings, sin offerings, jewish tradition: Dear Dennis- Good question! This is because sacrifices may only be brought when there is a functioning Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple was destroyed 2000 years ago. According to Jewish tradition the Messiah will rebuild the Temple. Then we will offer...

Orthodox Judaism: Wine on passover, barley wine, wheat barley
barley wine, wheat barley, meat offering: Joel, Thank you for your kind question. While you are correct that both drinks are fermented, the prohibition (Exodus 12:20) only applies to yeast that grows upon one of these 5 species: wheat, barley, oat, spelt, and rye. Beer is fermented barley. Wine is...

Orthodox Judaism: Hagar/Ishmael, questioner
Orthodox Judaism: Hagar/Ishmael, questioner

Orthodox Judaism: Shavuot, pillar of fire, jewish tradition
Orthodox Judaism: Shavuot, pillar of fire, jewish tradition, new moons

Orthodox Judaism: gender-segregated sidewalks?, beit shemesh, jewish friend
beit shemesh, jewish friend, crazy people: Dear Rose, Ha! Ha! Yes, indeed. There are 1 or 2 places in Israel (in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh)where a bunch of crazy people succeeded in posting such a sign. These are crazy people. Ignore them. They dont represent Judaism. Regards, Rabbi Ari...

Orthodox Judaism: Hagar/Ishmael, friend abraham, prophetess
friend abraham, prophetess, intelligent person: Why don t you ask G-d? You are making a leap. Let us assume it was not G-d s plan, why does that mean Abraham had to be stopped? Besides, it was Abraham s wife who gave him Hagar in order to build a family. Sara was a prophetess, it is very likely she...

Orthodox Judaism: Shavuot, shavuot, full moon
shavuot, full moon, jewish nation: Hi Ovadiah Interesting question :) To be honest, I have been unable to find an explanation for why Shavuot is specifically NOT at full moon. What we do know is that every Jewish holiday (except Chanukah) is either during the first half of the month or at...

Orthodox Judaism: Moses, book of genesis, creation and fall
book of genesis, creation and fall, mt sinai: Hi Don, Sorry for the rush, it is almost Sabbath. Every letter (not just words) was told to Moses. He wrote everything down from Genesis until Deut. as it is written in the end of Deut. From that text it would seem Moses wrote nothing down until the...

Orthodox Judaism: taking care of babies/children on the sabboth, jewish sabbath, taking care of babies
jewish sabbath, taking care of babies, raising a baby: 1- A Jewish mother s sabbath is different than a gentile s in that the Jewish mother keeps the Jewish sabbath and a gentile mother does not. Motherhood does not factor in, really. 2- The reason for the Jewish sabbath is for the Jew to show his belief that...

Orthodox Judaism: 3 year old marital sex., four girls, three girls
four girls, three girls, marital sex: Hi Deborah, In order for me to see the context, please send me the entire quote that was written about: First of all, your statement in regards to male having sex with a 3 year old, Marriage or not, that is exactly what it is. And, what right do we...

Orthodox Judaism: "bobbing" -- swaying during prayer, prayer book, wedding scene
prayer book, wedding scene, library article: Ana, shalom! I am unfamiliar with this movie and what you might have seen. However, here is a link that should be of assistance to explain why Jews sway when they pray: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/702209/jewish/Why-do-Jews-sway-while-praying.htm...

Orthodox Judaism: Golden Rule - Ovadiah ben Avraham, scripture and tradition, religious tenets
scripture and tradition, religious tenets, religious scripture: Dear Peja, I have changed this to public as there is no identifying information in your question and I hope others may learn from it as well. Thank you for your kind question and all the best in your talk. You may already know the story but if not I think...

Orthodox Judaism: Mezuzzah, mezuzzah, doorpost
mezuzzah, doorpost, medieval times: Hi Bill, There is a difference in opinion amongst the Rabbis from medieval times (Rishonim) whether the Mezuzzah is supposed to be positioned vertically or horizontally. To fulfill the requirement according to both opinions, the solution is thought to...

Orthodox Judaism: Torah, jewish rabbi, 613 commandments
jewish rabbi, 613 commandments, law of moses: Josh, shalom! According to Judaism, all of the Torah s 613 commandments are equally important. As such, the mitzva of eating only kosher is just as important as keeping any of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are unique, however, as they were...

Orthodox Judaism: Calling on name of the LORD, seed of cain, enoch
seed of cain, enoch, rabbi: Hi Don, The meaning is that they called people and icons by the name of the L-rd to make them (people and icons) into idols. So that is not good at all. I heard once that Enosh was criticized for not preventing idol worship, but he himself did not do...

Orthodox Judaism: DNA test results, dna test results, dna testing
dna test results, dna testing, jewish law: Craig, shalom! Jewish law does not recognize DNA testing to prove lineage or Judaism. According to Jewish law, you are not Jewish. There is no need to feel bad about this at all. There is also no reason for you to convert to Judaism. As long as you...

Orthodox Judaism: Enoch, men in the bible, gan eden
men in the bible, gan eden, adulterous affair: Don, Thank you for your kind question. Enoch and Enosh represent the first generation born outside the garden. Once expelled, they did not have face to face (so to speak) contact with G-d. As such, they (and each subsequent generation) would have to search...

Orthodox Judaism: DNA test results, maternal lineage, determinations
Orthodox Judaism: DNA test results, maternal lineage, determinations, rabbi

Orthodox Judaism: kosher, mikva, twenty four hours
mikva, twenty four hours, mikvah: Zack, shalom! A mikva is never used for kashering non-kosher utensils. A mikva is for immersing dishes that were purchased or acquired from a non-Jew. If a utensil becomes non-kosher, it must be kashered, generally by immersing it in boiling hot water....

Orthodox Judaism: Shabbos question, good shabbos, religious law
good shabbos, religious law, jewish law: According to Jewish law one is not allowed to drive on Saturday. Is there a Bikur Cholim organization in your area? They may be able to find a location near the hospital where you can stay over the weekend so you can walk easily to the hospital. Best wishes...

Orthodox Judaism: Clarification, commentary on the torah, incomplete translation
commentary on the torah, incomplete translation, light of dawn: Hi Roni, I am not a Rabbi. I am answering this without consulting the commentators, just from the context. The passage is referring to necromancers. Isaiah is swearing that people will try and convince you with all kinds of compelling arguments to...

Orthodox Judaism: cohen marrying convert, orthodox judaism, smile on my face
orthodox judaism, smile on my face, happy feeling: Shalom! I totally feel for you and understand what you are going through. There are a number of marriages that are forbidden in the Torah, and a kohen to a convert is indeed one of them. I am sure you are well aware that the Torah forbids a Jew...

Orthodox Judaism: Kohen with Convert, maternal line, sara
Orthodox Judaism: Kohen with Convert, maternal line, sara

Orthodox Judaism: Is the Jewish Mikveh Symbolic?, torah laws, jerusalem today
torah laws, jerusalem today, spiritual effect: Hello Justin, The only people who claim that Torah laws are symbolic and have no spiritual effect are those who do not study the Torah the right way. Any Jew going to Torah schools knows that every little act prescribed or prohibited by the Torah has...

Orthodox Judaism: Kohen with Convert, orthodox judaism, smile on my face
orthodox judaism, smile on my face, happy feeling: Hi Sara, I am not a Rav. Nor do I have a solution to your problem the way you d hoped. I can only offer a perspective. The Jews are destined for greatness. As a convert you need to ask yourself, did you become a convert to be part of our great future....

Orthodox Judaism: What is the Meaning of the Mikveh?, jewish belief, mikveh
jewish belief, mikveh, spiritual cleansing: Justin, The mikvah is used for spiritual cleansing, not physical. In fact, one must shower thoroughly before immersion. I hope the following article helps in your research. Shalom http://www.myjewishlearning.com/life/Life_Events/Conversion/Conversion_Process/Mikveh.shtm...

Orthodox Judaism: regarding sorcery, harut and marut, jewish scripture
harut and marut, jewish scripture, jewish midrash: Amtry, shalom! You are asking good questions, but I generally only answer questions on Jewish law, not on Midrash or folklore. I am not familiar with Harut, Marut, or a story of sinning angels. The Torah explicitly forbids all forms of sorcery and divination....

Orthodox Judaism: Your Reply, answer homework questions, commentary on the torah
answer homework questions, commentary on the torah, incomplete translation: Dear Roni, No, there is nothing tricky about this question. I prefer to answer questions about Judaism itself, not about bible study. I am not an expert in bible study. I looked it up and asked a rabbi for you, and discovered that the words you gave me...

Orthodox Judaism: Why don't Jews believe in Jesus
As a Jew (and a converted one at that), I am often asked why Jews don t believe in Jesus? There are of course two questions in this one: 1) why don t Jews believe in Jesus as messiah? and 2) why Jews don t believe in Jesus as the son of G-d? I shall attempt...

Orthodox Judaism: Elijah's sacrafice, mount carmel, time command
mount carmel, time command, sacrafice: Hi Marcus, Once the Temple was erected one was not allowed to bring sacrifices elsewhere but when the Tabernacle stood in Shilo, one was allowed to bring them elsewhere and that is why Samuel was able to bring offerings where he did. As to Elijah, this...

Orthodox Judaism: Esther's marriage and the wilderness tabernacle, interfaith marriage, new temple
interfaith marriage, new temple, book of kings: Hi Marcus, 1) Whatever was usable in the new Temple that Solomon built was used there, the rest was put in storage or buried. The Arc for example was put in the new Temple as described in the beginning of the book of Kings. 2) Esther was considered...

Orthodox Judaism: Word "tsela", ribs
Orthodox Judaism: Word "tsela", ribs

Orthodox Judaism: House/Sanctuary, shana tova, aron hakodesh
shana tova, aron hakodesh, odd phrase: Hi! The English translation is slightly misleading. In the original Hebrew it means that one will enter the house of God (the Temple) and bow towards the Aron Hakodesh (the holy ark). Another interpretation can be that I will come into your house...

Orthodox Judaism: Mezuzah, bill langer, doorpost
bill langer, doorpost, mezuzah: Hi! The reason the mezuzah is angled is in order to serve as a compromise between the opinion that says it should be place horizontally, and the opinion that says it should be placed vertically. Therefore, we compromise and place it diagonally. The mezuzah...

Orthodox Judaism: TV Online, torah study, prayer times
torah study, prayer times, home hope: David, Thank you for the kind question. There is no prohibition in Judaism against watching TV, via cable, antenna, Internet or otherwise unless: 1) it is done to excess, 2) it is done to the exclusion of more beneficial or required activity (prayer times,...

Orthodox Judaism: Word "tsela", hebrew concordance, rabbi mordechai
hebrew concordance, rabbi mordechai, hebrew torah: Hello Kurt, Tsela means side , not exactly rib or curve. But I would agree that in order to have a side one must bend from a base. Etsem can mean substance but if that verse refers to DNA it would not be congruent with the word flesh because...

Orthodox Judaism: God talks
Raul, Thank you for your kind question. It is clear from your questions that you are actively seeking G-d and going theough some transitions in your own life. While you find the Christian approach somewhat simplistic you also use salvation in the same manner...

Orthodox Judaism: Keeping time in medieval Jewish homes
Hi Katie, Try this: http://www.shemayisrael.co.il/dafyomi2/pesachim/insites/ps-dt-046.htm In addition, I have a hypothesis. Perhaps these measurements were not given to laymen, only to Rabbinical authorities and their students. As such it was up to...

Orthodox Judaism: Signs
Raul, Thank you for your kind question. A wise person once said He who does not see G-d everywhere does not see Him anywhere . I think it wonderful that you are seeking G-d s face and I have no doubt that you will find many brushes with the Divine and enjoy...

Orthodox Judaism: Genesis 1:24
Hi William, In verses 11 and 12 there is a discrepancy with regard to the trees. G-d s command was to have fruit trees producing fruits but the earth brought forth trees (minus the word fruit) producing fruits. Our Sages teach that the tree was supposed...

Orthodox Judaism: Sabbath
Good question! The Torah uses the word melacha to indicate forbidden work on Shabbat. However, the normative word for work is avoda . So you see, work as we used the word, and work as it relates to Shabbat are two different things. Hope...

Orthodox Judaism: Special Divine Action - David Rosenblum
Hi Pejam, I find your categorizations very thought provoking. I think some require further analysis, for example SDA 2a, do you mean science has currently no answer or do you mean science will never have an answer, i.o.w. it can be proven that science...

Orthodox Judaism: atonement
Hi Douglas, On the one hand G-d expects punishment for sins. Otherwise sin would loose its meaning. On the other hand G-d has mercy on His creatures and wants them to succeed. G-d therefore created atonement so that man can start anew to serve G-d. ...

Orthodox Judaism: Orthodox Jewish visit to Catholic household
Dear Paula, If you buy kosher for Passover food, such as packaged cake or cookies, or drinks, it is possible that he would eat it. I would suggest that you leave it sealed and allow him to open it and take it for himself. There are some Orthodox Jewish families...

Orthodox Judaism: Golem???
I ve never heard of the Golem of Vilna or the Golem of R Schneerson, who, yes, was a Lubavitcher Rebber. I ve heard of the story of the Golem of Prague (from the Maharal of Prague), however, it the story was written by a children s author and is almost certainly...

Orthodox Judaism: Organ Donation
While alive, a person may donate anything they can live without, such as a kidney, a lobe of liver, blood, etc. It was always my understanding that the body had to be buried intact, but I ve recently learned that organ donation after death can often be permissible,...

Orthodox Judaism: becoming more observant
Hi David I m sorry for not replying sooner, I m only catching up on my correspondence here now. Wow! I m shocked that your experience has been do unwelcoming, it s definitely not the Jewish way. I would highly recommend that you get in touch with your...

Orthodox Judaism: Elah in Aramaic
Dear Alex, There is no Old Testament book called David. The book of Ezra was written in Hebrew. Elah can mean but , however , except and possibly other things - - I would need context to answer your question fully. Feel free to clarify your question...

Orthodox Judaism: Woman selling real estate
If the couple are Jewish Orthodox then it would be appropriate to shake the woman s hand instead. Not shaking the husband s hand only shows respect for his beliefs, and does not change your status as the one negotiating the sale. Good luck with the sale!...

Orthodox Judaism: The Afterlife And Exceptionally-Wicked People
Hi Nicole Great question! In Judaism, we refer to a few different afterlife experiences. One is Gehinnom, which most people translate as hell . A better translation might be purgatory, because the idea of Gehinnom is to cleanse the soul, so that it...

Orthodox Judaism: I have 3 questions - the first is below!, orthodox synagogues, orthodox synagogue
orthodox synagogues, orthodox synagogue, horse drawn buggy: I applaud your desire to learn the customs and beliefs of the Jewish People. We are all blessed and enriched by the presence of true Torah-keepers. An Orthodox Jew will not avail themselves to any of the forms of transportation you have mentioned, so you...

Orthodox Judaism: 70 soul families, seven nations, children of israel
seven nations, children of israel, spiritual path: Hi Suzanne I should have anticipated that this was the direction of your question... Well, it s tricky. Firstly, most of the information on the subject is not available in English. Secondly, as Jews, we believe that the Assyrian king Sennacherib turned...

Orthodox Judaism: Abortion, jewish views on abortion, hebrew scriptures
jewish views on abortion, hebrew scriptures, conservative jew: Joshua, Thank you for your question. There is probably no significant difference in the way an Orthodox or Conservative Jew views abortion. In general, we do not believe abortion is murder, as do our Christian brethren. This is based, in part, on the verses...

Orthodox Judaism: Abortion, christian bibles, abortion murder
christian bibles, abortion murder, permissable: That passage has been mistranslated in most Christian Bibles. There is a fine because the mother miscarried. The fact that the perpetrator is fined means that killing a fetus is considered damage rather than murder. This does not make abortion permissable,...

Orthodox Judaism: Abraham in Judaism, jacob israel, christianity islam
jacob israel, christianity islam, four generations: Abraham was a revolutionary. He taught everyone that there is only one G-d. G-d tested Abraham s resolve ten times and he passed with flying colors so to speak. As a reward G-d swore to him that his offspring will be a mighty nation and will inherit the...

Orthodox Judaism: Abraham satan, word satan, jewish synagogue
word satan, jewish synagogue, hebrew version: Hi Craig, To my knowledge, the first occurrence of the exact word satan in the Hebrew version of the Old Testament is in Kings I - 5:18. It simply means adversary . As for you first question regarding Abraham, I am quite sure that I do not understand...

Orthodox Judaism: Abraham, beasts of burden, land of canaan
beasts of burden, land of canaan, son of abraham: You need to ask an expert archeologist and historian, not an ex-yeshiva student like me. This so called irrefutable evidence is likely based on some assumptions and hypotheses. There are institutions in Israel who may be better equipped to address each...

Orthodox Judaism: Adam & Eve, chocolate chip cookies, adam eve
chocolate chip cookies, adam eve, delicious cookies: Hi Ovadiah So, we have proof that Eve was a Jewish wife : ) I like your article, but have to make a few points (I m Jewish, after all). As I understand it, the purpose of the Adam & Eve debacle is not only to allow us choice, though that is fundamental....

Orthodox Judaism: Adultery, man and a women, capital crime
man and a women, capital crime, mosaic law: Alex, It is man s standards and punishments that have changed, not God s. If a man and a women were caught in adultery and this was witnessed by at least 2 adult Jewish (reliable) witnesses then both were stoned to death. Jewish law also requires that the...

Orthodox Judaism: Age of Isaak at the time of the Akeidah, ramban, thanks in advance
ramban, thanks in advance, midrash: Dear Eli, If you want to teach me something I am very open to hear. I thought you were asking me a question, to which I responded with scriptural proof. I did not quote midrash, I quoted the verse and Abraham came to eulogise Sarah. The explanation I offered...

Orthodox Judaism: Akedat Yitzchak, lubavitcher rebbe, stone idols
lubavitcher rebbe, stone idols, nachmanides: Hi Eli Shem and co. were all great people, but none measured up to the unique greatness of Avraham. For a start, none of them had to make the same type of sacrifices that Avraham made (like standing up to his family s idolatry and Nimrod s threats on his...

Orthodox Judaism: Alien, pesach sacrifice, righteous gentile
pesach sacrifice, righteous gentile, noahide laws: Hi R. An alien can mean someone who is actually not part of the Jewish religion as well as a Jew who alienated himself from the Jewish religion hence the reference to the apostate. A resident alien is not a full fledged Jew either and can therefore not...

Orthodox Judaism: Almot got it 2, website faq, last question
website faq, last question, transgression: OK. The interpretation of this verse according to many major commentaries is not the way you are understanding it, R. First regarding your question of the verse my people , the answer to that is the prophet is relating what the Nations of the world will...

Orthodox Judaism: Altar, twelve tribes of israel, tribes of israel
twelve tribes of israel, tribes of israel, stone tools: Shemot 20:22 says that a sword will defile the altar. The Altar of the Tabernacle was made of wood, covered with copper and the hull filled with earth. Other altars were piles of stone. Tools are extentions of the sword. There are two reasons for not...

Orthodox Judaism: Another Angel, filthy garments, credible source
filthy garments, credible source, long long time: Who else could send the angel? Remember, Hashem is all there is, so everything - good and bad - stems from Him. I remember your question, and I answered it then like I am answering it now. The angels are G-d s messengers, and there is no other source...

Orthodox Judaism: The Angel Raphael, tobias and the angel, angel raphael
tobias and the angel, angel raphael, protestant bible: Hello Ellen, I am not familiar with the book of Tobias, nor is it a part of the Hebrew Bible. In fact, the Hebrew Bible is comprised of all books that Christians call the old testament - Genesis through Malachi. I also have no knowledge of the Protestant,...

Orthodox Judaism: Angel, angel of the lord, lord god
angel of the lord, lord god, tanach: Roni, According to the Rambam, and most commentators agree on this point, the phrase in the Torah there will never be a prophet like Moses means exactly that. Moshe received his prophecy directly from Hashem with a perfect clarity (aspaklaria meirah),...

Orthodox Judaism: Angels, abraham and isaac, jewish families
abraham and isaac, jewish families, forebears: May the angel who redeems me from all evil bless the children, and may my name be called upon them, and the names of my forebears, Abraham and Isaac, and may they multiply like fish within the land. This is the blessing Jacob gave his grandchildren - Genesis...

Orthodox Judaism: Why Angels?, genesis 6, jewish concepts
genesis 6, jewish concepts, midrash: Hi R I am assuming that you have encountered angels in the Tanach and that your question is specific to the quotation you have included in your question. In Genesis 6:4, the Torah mentions Nefilim . There is an opinion in the Midrash that these are,...

Orthodox Judaism: Angels, jewish families, history channel
jewish families, history channel, bedtime: It probably refers to Genesis 48:16. We individually recite that verse at bedtime, we normally don t say it over the children. In other words, the children say it themselves. Also, we don t ask the angels for protection. We pray to G-d so that G-d may...

Orthodox Judaism: The Apple and Be Fruitful, male birth control, hebrew torah
male birth control, hebrew torah, hebrew grammar: Excellent question(s)! Be fruitful and multiply is followed by the words ...and conquer.. . To appreciate the explanation some Hebrew grammar is required. In the original Hebrew Torah text the conjugation of the verb conquer is in 2nd person plural...

Orthodox Judaism: Approach To Sexuality, gershon winkler, sanctity of sex
gershon winkler, sanctity of sex, rabbi boteach: Marc: The Torah is very discrete about such matters and Judaism, as a whole, follows suit. For example, only euphemisms are used for sex and the reproductive organs/process. As such, I doubt there is much available from the Orthodox standpoint. Rabbi Boteach,...

Orthodox Judaism: Atonement, wickedness, salvation plan
wickedness, salvation plan, ezekiel 18: Hello R, firstly, can you point me to where the Torah says that the soul that sins dies. Oh, wait, I know - a Christian missionary would say it s Ezekiel 18:4, and will be right. And most of the people will take it on faith (like you have to do in order to...

Orthodox Judaism: Attribuits, repentance, rabbi
repentance, rabbi, thanks in advance: Hashem, Hashem - both are names of mercy. The first denotes that G-d is merciful to someone who is about to sin, even though G-d knows he will sin. The second denotes G-ds mercy to someone who has already sinned, that G-d receives his repentance. E-l - this...

Orthodox Judaism: Attribuits, keyl, prime cause
keyl, prime cause, additional power: According to Rabbeinu Tam in Rosh Hashono 17b [the mercy is effected by not destroying the sinner]: 1) Hashem s Name denotes that He is the Prime Cause (mehave) for everything and wants His creation to survive; also His Name denotes Him not being constrained...

Orthodox Judaism: Auf Ruf, bride and groom, grooms
bride and groom, grooms, sheva: Dear Lisa, The English translation of the word Auf Ruf is call up . It is when the groom is called up to the Torah to make a blessing, before it is read. After the reading, a standard blessing is recited, with the bride and groom s names inserted, and anyone...

Orthodox Judaism: Authority, hebrew christians, messianic judaism
hebrew christians, messianic judaism, jews for jesus: Hi R, Messianic Judaism is a cover-up name for Christianity. Hebrew Christians follow the Pauline law, and Paul, as you know, single-handedly decided that Jewish law is old - and that which is old has withered and fallen away - so he pretty much dispensed...

Orthodox Judaism: 'Avodah zarah, satanic cults, burning incense
satanic cults, burning incense, religious act: Davide... I think the Torah is clear that we are to avoid idolatry and idolaters and to destroy those idols (or items used in idolatry) if they come under our control. I, personally, do not use incense, for example. One, so as not to use those things used...

Orthodox Judaism: Azazeel?, rabbinic authority, sin offering
rabbinic authority, sin offering, azazel: You re asking a question on which volumes have been written. I am afraid I am not qualified to answer it properly - on this one, I would recommend a rabbinic authority. Perhaps a colleague expert of mine, Rabbi Shishler, would be a more appropriate consult....

Orthodox Judaism: adultery, orthodox judaism, jewish person
orthodox judaism, jewish person, adulterous affair: Hi Natalie For a start, Orthodox Judaism bans any Jewish person from having a relationship with a non-Jewish person, single or married. The source for this is in Deuteronomy 7:3-4: You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter...

Orthodox Judaism: alcoholism, oral law, mishna
oral law, mishna, shabbos: Hi, In Judaism, alcohol is not simply forbidden, but is permitted- and obligated- for certain times and customs. However, alcohol in excess is definitely not in the spirit of Judaism at all. Every Friday night and Shabbos (Saturday) day there is an obligation...

Orthodox Judaism: those alive at time of resurrection, rabbinic literature, divine presence
rabbinic literature, divine presence, physical death: Yes, the Zohar gives the answer: It is concerning this time that it is written: See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no G-d with me; I kill, and I make alive (Deuteronomy 32:39). The double I, I indicates the absoluteness of the divine presence...

Orthodox Judaism: aliya, feminine spirituality, torah reading
feminine spirituality, torah reading, spiritual commitment: Men are by nature very theoretical and removed. The connection men have to Torah has to be made concrete - if they do not look into a scroll and say the blessings then Torah may remain a nice philosophy removed from every day life. Women are innately more...

Orthodox Judaism: anal sex allowed or not, sexuality forum, jewish couple
sexuality forum, jewish couple, halachah: Dear Slinn, You re welcome! The taboo against anal sex probably came from the Torah s strong position against homosexuality. But it s not only anal sex that is forbidden there, it s all forms of homosexual relationships. But it s not forbidden when it...

Orthodox Judaism: ancient Jewish children's toys, drama presentation, jewish mother
drama presentation, jewish mother, graven image: I have wondered this myself for a long time. Our laws have not changed, if it is permissible now, it must have been the same then. I also never heard of such a prohibition. We do have a law that prohibits keeping a bust in our posession. If however the...

Orthodox Judaism: anklet/bracelet meaning for Gentile Jews, jewish writings, nose rings
jewish writings, nose rings, jewish man: I can t speak for Gentiles, but I know of no specific significance of a Jewish man giving a Jewish woman a bracelet. We see rings (nose rings actually) being given as a pledge in the early Jewish writings and today our engagement rings may not exceed a certain...

Orthodox Judaism: assist with Jewish patient, phd in education, health provisions
phd in education, health provisions, god jesus: Dear Catherine, I m a bit confused. Was she born a Jew or Christian? And in what religion was she brought up? Because she seems to be melding them together in one lump, while they are actually very, very different, and mutually exclusive. Jewish people...

Orthodox Judaism: ayuda, jewish club, wise advice
jewish club, wise advice, jew: Hi Aurax I think the best thign for you to do is to be in touch with the rabbi of that Synagogue. He can explain the procedure of how to become Jewish. But, please be aware that: 1) Judaism does not believe that every person has to be Jewish to be...

Orthodox Judaism: Balancing material and spiritiual life., torah outlook, torah life
torah outlook, torah life, torah study: R. You are asking two questions. How does one balance his career and Torah life? You find it impossible to learn in depth when your time is overtaken by your career. Am I correct? Well, for the first question, a Torah life can, nay, must be incorporated...

Orthodox Judaism: Beard, hair removal cream, electric shavers
hair removal cream, electric shavers, orthodox jews: I have a small beard, some have no beard. There is a commandment in the Torah not to shave the beard with a razor and out of love for the Torah and this commandment, some people do not cut the hair of their beards at all. Hair removal cream and some electric...

Orthodox Judaism: Belief, leap of faith, pack of lies
leap of faith, pack of lies, absolute certainty: If by kingdom of God you mean the World to Come (after the coming of Mashiach), the answer is absolutely, yes, without a doubt. Maimonides explains that the righteous gentiles will inherit a portion of the world to come. By the way, Maimonides is one of...

Orthodox Judaism: Better Understanding 3, seven noahide laws, sabbath day of rest
seven noahide laws, sabbath day of rest, temple services: R. Messianic Jews? Does this fall under WHICH statement? That they can receive a place in the world to come by adhering to the Noahide laws? Yes. The question remains though if they are indeed adhering to the Noahide laws if they believe in JC as a deity......

Orthodox Judaism: The Bible, bible the new testament, christian scholar
bible the new testament, christian scholar, christian bible: I think this question would best be answered by a Christian scholar, although my best guess is that they included the Tanakh because they believe it to be the word of God. Christians do not deny the divinity of the Tanakhic text, rather they believe that it...

Orthodox Judaism: Biblical Currency, reading numbers, temple tax
reading numbers, temple tax, mid class: I honestly do not know the answer to your question, however; The half-shekel Temple tax (we re unsure if it was annual or once in a lifetime) is rumored to be about a quater of an average mid-class worker ($7-12,000). It obviously had a Holy intent and was...

Orthodox Judaism: Biblical pronouns, tangello, oral traditions
tangello, oral traditions, spirit of the law: Dear Ovadiah, There are many different categories of commandments. Some are obligations on the person, others are obligations on the object. For example, the command to make fringes is not that YOU have to make fringes, but rather your four cornered garment...

Orthodox Judaism: Blessings, blessings, customs
blessings, customs: You only amen blessings said correctly by other people. By saying amen you are voicing agreement. As such, if you are the only one saying the blessing or the only observant one involved with the activity no amen is appropriate (no one is agreeing with the...

Orthodox Judaism: Blood atonement, ewe lamb, little ewe
ewe lamb, little ewe, blood atonement: Hi Steve, Regarding your first question - that a person s death cannot atone for another s sins. David s son s death did not atone for his sins. It was a punishment for his sins. The tragic loss of a child was his punishment that served his atonement. There...

Orthodox Judaism: Blood atonement, passover lamb, blood atonement
passover lamb, blood atonement, blood sacrifice: The act of bringing sacrifices, specifically the blood, cannot be removed from the process, see Lev. 17:11. What you re suggesting is tantamount to saying that fuel does not drive the car. The main thing is indeed not that fuel runs through the car but that...

Orthodox Judaism: Blood atonement, blood atonement, blood sacrifice
blood atonement, blood sacrifice, unpleasant consequences: Our Temples were destroyed due to sin. The first Temple was destroyed because of idol worship, adultery and murder. G-d was angry at his people but in His Mercy he took it out on wood and stones . The Jewish People were in danger of being utterly destroyed....

Orthodox Judaism: Blood, sexual unions, blood transfusion
sexual unions, blood transfusion, passive verb: Roni, Thank you for your question. I have commented on this subject before, so you may want to look up my Use of Blood discussion with another of your brethren. Suffice it to say here that eating is an active and specifically defined verb. Receiving...

Orthodox Judaism: Bowls, passover meal, bitter herbs
passover meal, bitter herbs, symbolic foods: Dear Sydney, The only bowls that I know of on Passover are used to dip food. One is used for a mixture called Charoses, a mixture of wine, apples and nuts, in which we dip the bitter herbs, and another one that we fill with salt water, and dip a vegetable...

Orthodox Judaism: Bowls, passover seder, silver spoon
passover seder, silver spoon, silver bowl: Sydney: I m sorry but this is not a tradition that I m familiar with. Perhaps it is a more local one with the Jews you have contact with. Perhaps Judaism101 on the net will offer you some information. We do use a (often silver) pitcher to wash our hands...

Orthodox Judaism: Brazeness 2, female goat, sin offerings
female goat, sin offerings, fundamental principle: Hi R Within Judaism, there is always scope for repentance, which essentially means righting what a person has done wrong- regardless of whether the person is Jewish or not. If you ve made a spiritual error, then you need to confess your wrongdoing...

Orthodox Judaism: Burning CDs, verzions, burning cds
verzions, burning cds, borrowings: Jake: Stealing is stealing, regardless of the age of the material...unless it is no longer copyrighted. There are many places one may purchase music downloads for personal use. This is ok so long as you don t distribuit or sell the material. Give credit for...

Orthodox Judaism: Business mezzoza, office doors, bathroom doors
office doors, bathroom doors, mezuzot: Eli: Mezuzot are only required on/in one s dwelling ( And you shall write them on the doorposts of your homes and upon your gates ). If you desire on in the office, there s certainly no problem with this. I think the answer to your question depends on the...

Orthodox Judaism: when to do bedikat chametz, chametz, pessach
chametz, pessach, bracha: Dear Ilana, You should clean a section of your house and do the bedika in there the night before you leave, without making a bracha. Leave any chametz found for a neighbour or friend to burn on erev Pesach. You can take chametz with you on the trip, but...

Orthodox Judaism: bible, jack bauer, reward and punishment
jack bauer, reward and punishment, mitzvot: Dear Jack Bauer, You are very welcome! We see Teshuvah throughout the whole bible that whenever the Jewish people sinned, they asked for repentance. You are right that the penalty for disrespecting your parents is written clearly out in the Torah- there are...

Orthodox Judaism: birth of a daughter, mazel tov, hebrew names
mazel tov, hebrew names, names thanks: Dear Susie, Mazel Tov and congratulations on your new daughter! Do you mean that you want topics for the speech? You can thank God for her. You can mention that women are the backbone of Judaism since they are the ones who perpetuate Jews, and not the father,...

Orthodox Judaism: blood, tripodi, higher self
tripodi, higher self, lifeblood: The animal s blood does not take away sin. Repentance does. The sacrifice served as a visual aid to a meditation - that we sin because we allow our animalistic drives to overcome our higher self. Bringing an animal to G-d s altar represented the sublimation...

Orthodox Judaism: His blood?, jebusite city, daughter of jerusalem
jebusite city, daughter of jerusalem, daughter of zion: It s talking about the Philistines mentioned in the verse before. The meaning is that the P. will stop their bloodthirsty and idolatrous practices and join the Jews in worshiping G-d. Then even the P. will be like leaders of Judah and Ekron will be as Jewish...

Orthodox Judaism: blood, lifeblood, prohibition
lifeblood, prohibition, sacrifices: Very interesting question. Perhaps the translation you re reading is incorrect. Noah was allowed to consume blood. The prohibition stated there is for eating flesh from an animal whose soul is still in the blood, in other words, alive. The prohibition...

Orthodox Judaism: why bother, girlfriend issue, hechsher
girlfriend issue, hechsher, religios: I cannot answer for those people who you say make some mitzvos more important than others. You would have to ask them why they believe so. But I believe that certain mitzvos are statements as to how seriously you take Yidishkeit. The way you dress is a statement,...

Orthodox Judaism: Cain and Abel, cain slew abel, cain and abel
cain slew abel, cain and abel, brother cain: Hi Bruce, Was machte Yid? You have a very lively mind. Eternal life would have been down here. The sin of Adam does needs a rectification and in the mean time we are somewhat handicapped but this in no way resolves us of our responsibility to...

Orthodox Judaism: Calendar, feast of tabernacle, feast of booths
feast of tabernacle, feast of booths, torah law: The mistranslation does not lie with you but with the non-Jewish translators. Either way, no apology required. I only mentioned it fyi. Booths is a correct translation. Harvest is another name for the holiday. Yes, Torah Jews fulfill all the commandments...

Orthodox Judaism: Carrying and ERUV, tie tack, jewish quarter
tie tack, jewish quarter, schul: R, You are correct, the transfer of articles between domains is Rabbinically prohibited. Many mid and larger cities have an eruv set up around the Jewish quarter to make this easier. Articles of clothing and accessories are an exception if they are required,...

Orthodox Judaism: Chabad and Gentile souls, conservative rabbis, reform rabbi
conservative rabbis, reform rabbi, animal souls: Phillip... Greetings! Since you and I do not seem to differ terribly on this issue, I ll address one thing you said and then reserve my comments for those of the Rabbi you corresponded with: I would of course disagree as I would think that anyone falsely...

Orthodox Judaism: Chad Gad-Yah, korban pesach, seder plate
korban pesach, seder plate, evil inclination: Hello Randee, There are many explanations of Chad Gad Ya. The one I will tell you is from the Vilna Goan. Chad Gad Yah X 2 are the two goats that Yaakov prepared for Yitzchak in order to receive the blessings. This actually took place on Seder...

Orthodox Judaism: Chametz, legal fictions, dwelling place
legal fictions, dwelling place, renig: R, I certainly don t mind your questions, but sometimes there is no substitute for a more personal touch. A legal fiction is a way of working around a prohibition. One example is the 1 in 60 rule which says that is the concentration of a prohibited substance...

Orthodox Judaism: Cherubs?, ministering angels, mountain of god
ministering angels, mountain of god, stones of fire: Hi R, Rashi explains the follows: The cherub of measure, that covers refers to You are a bird of measure, i.e., the huge bird that covers a large area with his wings; i.e., you rule over a large dominion. The Hebrew word used is a word for largeness,...

Orthodox Judaism: Christians, jewish perspectives, hebrew bible
jewish perspectives, hebrew bible, jewish view: Dear Enoch, The Jewish view is that any non-Jew, regardless of race or religion, can live a life blessed by G-d and receive reward in the afterlife as long as they believe in the one G-d and live according to His morals. More specifically, the Hebrew bible...

Orthodox Judaism: Chumash essay, sefer breishit, spiritual father
sefer breishit, spiritual father, hamon: Hello Stephanie, Here are what I think are the answers:- 1)We learn Sefer Bereishis, even though it has very few halachot, to teach us the right way to live. We learn from the character traits, the trials and the faith of the our Forefathers...

Orthodox Judaism: Circumcision, jewish converts, circumcised
jewish converts, circumcised, circumcision: I can try and break down the verse for you: Any estranged person of uncircumcised heart or uncircumcised flesh... Should be interpreted as Any ... person of ... uncircumcised flesh... You can see that the interpretation above does not add any new...

Orthodox Judaism: CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOODS, jewish dietary laws, leviticus chapter
jewish dietary laws, leviticus chapter, dirty animals: Dear Keith, The Jewish dietary laws are spelled out in the Hebrew Bible, Leviticus chapter 11. These laws were given without explanation, so the reason we keep them is because G-d asked us to. However there have been several suggested explanations. Some...

Orthodox Judaism: Clothing/Old Testament, scripture reference, chok
scripture reference, chok, old testament: Hi Bill The Torah prohibits wearing garments of a wool and linen mixture. There is no reason given for this prohibition, it is classified as a chok , the unique brand of Torah commandments that have no known reason. The purpose of this sort of commandment...

Orthodox Judaism: Cohens marrying converts, sasha baron cohen, orthodox conversion
sasha baron cohen, orthodox conversion, kohen: Hi Hanna The kohen-marrying-a-convert issue is thorny and uncomfortable for many. Simply- a kohen may not marry a convert. No Orthodox community will authorize such a marriage, unless they somehow prove that the kohen is not a kohen after all (which...

Orthodox Judaism: The Commandments, intelligent questions, ramban
intelligent questions, ramban, writing project: Hi Bruce, You couldn t have picked a better proof for me. What does it mean For this commandment , according to your understanding it should say and this Torah. In fact the Ramban learns that the verse is talking about the mitzvah of repentance...

Orthodox Judaism: Comment, jewish converts, yaacov
jewish converts, yaacov, intermarriage: Hi R I think the context is important. The preceding verses say that G-d had gathered THOSE people for this covenant, which would affect not only themselves, but their descendants (who were not present that day). However, as Jews, we believe that there...

Orthodox Judaism: Commitment, orthodox conversion, jewish lifestyle
orthodox conversion, jewish lifestyle, noachide: My pleasure as always. And remember - nobody can make you do what you don t want to do. If you decide at the last moment as you step into the mikvah that conversion is not for you - they are not to judge you, only to support you in what you decide to do...

Orthodox Judaism: Conflict?, wickedness, wicked ways
wickedness, wicked ways, wicked man: The rule is: if the children continue in the wicked ways of their parents, then they can get punished for their parent s sins up to the 4th generation. If the children do not follow their parents wicked ways, then they cannot be punished for their parent...

Orthodox Judaism: Contraception in Thorah aspect, chazon ish, petr czech
chazon ish, petr czech, female sterilization: Onan was killed because he avoided having children by using coitus interruptus. The issue is: wasting sperm. His brother died for the same reason. Since Onan did marry Tamar (he did perform initial coitus) it is not considered he broke the Levirate Law....

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, orthodox shul, torah scholar
orthodox shul, torah scholar, wife work: First of all I am not a Rabbi and not qualified to address your issue. I have no knowledge of what is done in a case like yours but I see a problem in granting you a conversion under these circumstances. Why don t you contact a qualified Torah scholar in...

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, Orthodox vs. Conservative, orthodox conversion, jewish observance
orthodox conversion, jewish observance, meaningful decision: Hi Uri Conversions tend to be quite personalized, so the way things work in one city is not identical to the process in another city. Generally speaking, you can expect the Orthodox procedure to be more thorough and take longer than the Conservative....

Orthodox Judaism: Conversion, orthodox judaism, reform temple
orthodox judaism, reform temple, roles of women: Dear Jen, A great source of information is www.chabad.org. You can spend all day there! And I believe that if you find the right community you will be more accepted in Orthodox than anywhere else. In Orthodoxy, Judaism is about spiritual connection rather...

Orthodox Judaism: Convert Rabbis?, jewish lore, orthodox rabbi
jewish lore, orthodox rabbi, orthodox judaism: Dear Terry, A convert to Judaism can most definitely become a Rabbi. In fact, there are many famous converts throughout Jewish history that indeed became Rabbis. The most famous perhaps is Unkelos the convert. His work in translating the Bible into Aramaic...

Orthodox Judaism: Converting from Reform to Orthodox?, orthodox rabbis, jewish observance
orthodox rabbis, jewish observance, orthodox judaism: Hi Rita It s not that unusual. I guess it depends on where a person lives. Certain communities have a strong Orthodox presence, in which case I think it s more common to find people going the Orthodox route after having converted through Reform or Conservative....

Orthodox Judaism: Cooking on Rosh Hashanah, conservative jew, precious natural resource
conservative jew, precious natural resource, shabbot: Dear Laney, I m only married for 4 years, so I called my mother and mother-in-law to be on the safe side. My mom-in-law mostly cooks in advance and freezes stuff, then warms it up when it comes up on the menu. So she leaves hers on at about 200 or so. My...

Orthodox Judaism: Covenant 2, covenant god, epistle to the hebrews
covenant god, epistle to the hebrews, jeremiah 31: This is a very good question. The Church uses these verses, along with the writings of Paul in Hebrews, to show that the old covenant no longer applies and therefore a new one was made in Jeremiah 31. Here s what Paul says in his epistle to the Hebrews: ...

Orthodox Judaism: Creating a Torah based physical education program, physical education program, google search
physical education program, google search, google: Hi Anita This sounds like a wonderful idea! I am unaware of a precedent for this sort of program, but there s a pretty good chance that someone out there has done something along these lines. Perhaps it s worth doing a Google search to see if any...

Orthodox Judaism: Creation 2, shabbat observance, unique laws
shabbat observance, unique laws, children of israel: Hi R That s an interesting point that you raise. The issue here is that Shabbat observance comes with a flip-side. If you are obligated to observe it, you can be punished if you don t. Seeing as that mixed multitude has long been assimilated into other...

Orthodox Judaism: Cremation, rapid decomposition, ashes in the ocean
rapid decomposition, ashes in the ocean, drilling holes: Daisy.. First let me say how sorry I am about your loss! Jewish tradition does hold that we should be buried, not cremated. I believe this comes from the hope that when the Messiah comes our bodies will be restored for the resurrection. This doesn t explain,...

Orthodox Judaism: Crock pots on Shabbat., mainstream judaism, torah commandment
mainstream judaism, torah commandment, enjoyable foods: Thank you for your question! However, this is one area where I differ from mainstream Judaism, so I may not give you the answer you are looking for. Rabbi Moss, on this same forum, may be able to give you a more Orthodox view. I do not cook on the Sabbath....

Orthodox Judaism: Cush/Cushitic, tents of kedar, abraham isaak
tents of kedar, abraham isaak, songs of solomon: Cush was a son of Ham, Shem s brother, as his lineage is given to us clearly in Genesis 10:6: 6. And the sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. Solomon was the son of David and his lineage traces to Shem - therefore not to Cush - in Genesis...

Orthodox Judaism: Cutting of facial hair, conservative judiasm, jewish spirit
conservative judiasm, jewish spirit, heart thoughts: Dear Amy, The Torah prohibits cutting the beard in Leviticus 19:27: You shall not destroy the corners of your beard . Many interpret this to mean any cutting of the beard whatsoever. The Nazis knew this, and so forced Jews to cut their beards as a form of...

Orthodox Judaism: calender, sighting of the new moon, jewish month
sighting of the new moon, jewish month, jews in egypt: The Jewish calendar is very much a Torah subject. It is the first commandment given to the Jews in Egypt. The new Jewish month begins either on the 30th day or the 31st day of the old month. When the moon is seen on the 30th day, that day becomes day...

Orthodox Judaism: calling women to Torah, count women, aliyot
count women, aliyot, minyan: Dear Karen, I m sorry I haven t gotten back to you sooner, but I ve been busy with the Holidays. I believe, though, that it is because of the lack of modesty it would cause, if a woman is called up to the Torah in front of a full congregation of men and...

Orthodox Judaism: I cant get married,,,,,,, weeding, rabbi
weeding, rabbi, judaism: Dear Sylvia, You need to meet guys with the same values as you. You can t just make someone convert and all is fine. You must have matching values from the start. If you are constantly finding that the guys you meet do not share your beliefs about marriage...

Orthodox Judaism: career and spirituality--time planning?, rabbi shimon bar yochai, shana tovah
rabbi shimon bar yochai, shana tovah, torah study: Hi Aryeh Sorry for the long delay in responding, it is a very busy time of the year. Our great Talmudists had a similar dilemma: Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai believed that a person should be totally dedicated to Torah study, and that G-d would provide if...

Orthodox Judaism: chabad?, social services organization, rabbi menachem
social services organization, rabbi menachem, lubavitcher rebbe: Dear yossi rosenberg, I am not sure from what viewpoint u r asking this question. I will explai nto you what chabad is and why it is all over. If you have any more questions, please fee lfree to email me once again Chabad is the name for the international...

Orthodox Judaism: circumcision on the 8th day, sabbath day, holy scriptures
sabbath day, holy scriptures, circumcise: Our Rabbis teach that G-d had pity on the newborn and wanted him to get stronger. Another opinion states that a Sabbath day should go by before the circumcision. There is a commentary that proposes to combine these two opinions and says that the Sabbath...

Orthodox Judaism: circumcision, natural tendencies, jewish spirituality
natural tendencies, jewish spirituality, jewish mission: Hi Don, Here is something I wrote on the topic: The Bris is a physical symbol of the relationship between G-d and the Jewish people. It is a constant reminder of what the Jewish mission entails (a reminder which men need more than women). Let s look at...

Orthodox Judaism: clairvoyants, gene hackman, jewish belief
gene hackman, jewish belief, personal belief: It is my personal belief that ultimately they are all frauds. Maybe they are very intuitive and can figure things out easily (have you watched Runaway Jury with Gene Hackman? There is a lesson in how people figure things out about other people). The only...

Orthodox Judaism: clothing from non-kosher animals, kosher animals, vineyard sources
kosher animals, vineyard sources, kosher animal: Elliot, yes, it is permitted. The laws of Kosher apply only to eating. There is no problem with wearing (or using) an item which comes from any non-Kosher animal. The only non-kosher items from which we are forbidden to derive any benefit are: 1)...

Orthodox Judaism: cohanim, board hope, answer board
board hope, answer board, cohanim: A Kohen may enter a hospital for his own health needs or to visit other close family members. All doors wherein lie dead bodies must be closed and there are a number of other restrictions which are beyond the scope of this answer board. Hope this helps! Shalom...

Orthodox Judaism: color purple, animal secretions, prayer shawl
animal secretions, prayer shawl, cloven hooves: Pete... You ask a marvelous question! The answer varies according to tradition, but I ll give you my 2 cents worth. There is a commandment not to touch the carcasses of forbidden (unclean) animals. There is no such commandment however concerning the live...

Orthodox Judaism: converism, torah observance, elijah the prophet
torah observance, elijah the prophet, common faith: The Rabbis from ancient times prohibited it because gentiles would go through the conversion for ulterior purposes and the Jewish children would be brought up as idol-worshippers. Granted, a conversion just for marriage (love) is technically not invalid...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion Q2, passover feast, course conversion
passover feast, course conversion, torah states: As I said, it seems like it was considered a choice time to convert and certainly becoming circumcised and eating the Passover feast would be a great way to enter the fold. Passover is the most important annual Holy Day to Judaism. However, since the Passover...

Orthodox Judaism: conversion, dear linda, rabbis
dear linda, rabbis, jewish community: Dear Linda, While I have never attended such a meeting I believe the rabbis will want to know why you are interested in conversion, what exposure you have had to Judaism and the Jewish community, and based on that will advise you as to the next step. All...

Orthodox Judaism: A convert with a difficult Christian family, rabbi tovia singer, differences between judaism and christianity
rabbi tovia singer, differences between judaism and christianity, conservative judaism: Hello Ruth, thank you very much for your kind words. I am not a rabbi however; I have studied this topic extensively though. I feel for you - it cannot be an easy choice you have made to go against your family in this very important issue. I think no...

Orthodox Judaism: converting, converting to judaism, correct perspective
converting to judaism, correct perspective, jewish awareness: Hi Jennifer Firstly, I think it s always important to put conversion in the correct perspective. As Jews, we don t believe that someone needs to be Jewish to be OK. We also don t believe that conversion is simply a matter of joining the Jewish club . You...

Orthodox Judaism: creation, torah and science, number of stars in the universe
torah and science, number of stars in the universe, scientists measure: Hello Larry, This view that you are posting is certainly a valid view. In fact the sun wasn t even created till the fourth day of creation, so time as we know it didn t exist. However there is room for more than one opinion on this matter and...

Orthodox Judaism: Dance, king of israel, slave girls
king of israel, slave girls, commoner: One of the opinions is that Michal was embarrassed that her husband, the king, acted like a commoner when celebrating his second attempt to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. She said to him: When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 7, abomination of desolation, solar years
abomination of desolation, solar years, time times: Unfortunately, this is one of the more mystical and mysterious chapters of Daniel and regarding the calculations - I will be unable to help you. If I d know the answer I d know the true date of the Messiah s coming. Alas that date is shrouded in mystery. ...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 9, torah text, crucifixion of jesus
torah text, crucifixion of jesus, punctuation mark: Dear John, 1) While indeed there is no punctuation marks printed in Torah text itself, there is nevertheless an unbroken tradition as to how the Torah and Tanach are punctuated. Otherwise there would be infinite ways to read every verse of the Torah, and...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 9, king hezekiah, isaiah 53
king hezekiah, isaiah 53, some rabbis: Hi Steve I know you probably imagined I just gave up on your question. Truth is, that I had answered off the top of my head. But, then I decided to revisit the whole Daniel 9 question in depth. Then, I just haven t had the time to reply until now. So, my...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 9:25, jewish scribes, oral torah
jewish scribes, oral torah, torah laws: The Written Torah has no vowelization but cannot be read without vowels. It is obvious that the vowels were provided along with the written text. That knowledge was kept as Oral Torah. So too is punctuation part of the Oral Torah and transmitted from Mt....

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel 9, hebrew calendar, death of jesus
hebrew calendar, death of jesus, artaxerxes: Dear Clint, Your interpretation of Daniel is based on mistranslation and a false assumption that a Jewish year is 360 days (it is in fact 354 days, and a leap year is 384 days). A correct interpretation is copied below. Jews do not believe that the Messiah...

Orthodox Judaism: Daniel, meal offering, christian sources
meal offering, christian sources, peace accord: I have looked up Rashi s explanation of verses 26 and 27 and compiled it for you. Please note, the last septet started in 3821 (61AD) and ended with the desctruction on 9 Av 3828: 9:26 Then after sixty-two septets the annointed one will be cut off and...

Orthodox Judaism: Date, hebrew calendar, children of israel
hebrew calendar, children of israel, bce: I mean 2448 years after creation, not days. The Exodus was 3319 years ago. Take today s year 2007, minus 3319 = -1312 (negative 1312) or 1312 BCE Take today s Hebrew year 5767 (this is 5767 years from creation), minus 3319 = 2448. The year 1312...

Orthodox Judaism: This Day, ordinary circumstances, yom kippur
ordinary circumstances, yom kippur, library article: Hi R Yom Kippur is called one (day) in a year . That means that repentance is available every day, but the repentance on Yom Kippur is different. What makes Yom Kippur unique is that we believe that the essence of the soul is never tainted by sin....

Orthodox Judaism: Dead, tanach, patriarch
tanach, patriarch, torment: I quoted the verse in Job in answer to your request for a passage in Torah speaking of torment after death. We pray for the dead because they can no longer perform mitzvos themselves, and depend on the living to aid their souls elevation to higher places...

Orthodox Judaism: Dear Rabbi,Is this an accurate..., tribe of judah, jesus of nazareth
tribe of judah, jesus of nazareth, jewish diaspora: Thank you for your question. I am not a Rabbi. Zechariah chapter 12 is talking about future events. According to the Talmud s exegetic explanation, the meaning of verse 10 is that because of the great successes of Judah in the battle via the obvious intervention...

Orthodox Judaism: Dear Rabbi Moss,I heard..., deuteronomy 28, messianic times
deuteronomy 28, messianic times, prohecy: All words of Torah have relevance for al times and places. So even a prohecy that has been fulfilled will still have a deeper fulfillment in the present or future. For example, the terrible curses in Deuteronomy 28 came true during the destruction of the temple,...

Orthodox Judaism: Dear Rabbi Moss,How are..., spirit of the law, dear michael
spirit of the law, dear michael, letter of the law: Dear Michael, The term the spirit of the Torah refers to keeping the intention of the law as opposed to the letter of the law. For example, one could technically spend the Sabbath watching television (provided the TV was on already and you don t change...

Orthodox Judaism: Death, gan eden, necessary quality
gan eden, necessary quality, sha: Whatever I say will be far too inadequate to comfort any soul in pain. We all know how death entered the real of our world, it is due to the sin in Gan Eden. Death has a very necessary quality to it for a human being. It serves to purify him or her from...

Orthodox Judaism: Definitions, torah sages, day scholars
torah sages, day scholars, oral law: The Talmud is the knowledge of the Torah sages they decided is important to transmit to future generations. It is frequently in question and answer format but the substance is primarily the Oral Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The Talmud has been sealed...

Orthodox Judaism: Demon Possesion, john safron, demon possesion
john safron, demon possesion, travelling in india: There are extensive writings and accounts of possession in Jewish tradition. When a soul has passed on but for some reason is not allowed to reach its heavenly resting place, it can be stuck between this world and the next. As it does not have a body,...

Orthodox Judaism: Descendants, genesis 17, biblical writings
genesis 17, biblical writings, mighty hunter: Hi R 1) The Torah often alludes to an entire story with a word or two. When Hashem makes the Covenant between the parts with Avraham, He says: I am the L-rd who took you out of UR KASDIM (similar to the 1st of the Ten Commandments). (Genesis 15:7) ...

Orthodox Judaism: Devarim vs Samuel, shabbat shalom, devarim
shabbat shalom, devarim, shemos: I am not going to have a chance to look it up before Shabbos so I will tell you what I think. Devarim is probably referring only to execution by a court of man. That context is also illustrated by the next verse don t corrupt (my own translation) the...

Orthodox Judaism: No Devil, mortality of the soul, torah teachings
mortality of the soul, torah teachings, immortality of the soul: Hello Chris, although I am somewhat qualified to answer questions about why and how Christian teachings are wrong for Judaism, I also am somewhat familiar with the teachings of the gnostics. Nobody has better described these teachings than Hyam Maccoby in...

Orthodox Judaism: Dining Out Kosher, orthodox circles, kosher restaurant
orthodox circles, kosher restaurant, modest clothing: I commend you for your consideration for the sensibilities of your friends! You need not cover your hair. You should wear modest clothing, ie. nothing too revealing. Otherwise, just be yourself! You will not be the first non-Jews to enter a kosher restaurant,...

Orthodox Judaism: Doings, land of canaan, children of israel
land of canaan, children of israel, doings: R. According to our sages, the Egyptians and Canaanites were steeped in immoral sexual activity, where homosexuality and bestiality were the norm. The ordinances were their forms of public entertainment. Researching this will not violate the commandment...

Orthodox Judaism: Don't Seek, orthodox jewish women, peace money
orthodox jewish women, peace money, political alliances: Hello R, of course I don t mean ANYTHING. When we live in the countries of other nations, we are to not only communicate, work, and socialize, we are to live by the rules of those countries. The sages say that for us living in diaspora (exile), the law of...

Orthodox Judaism: Door, mozel tov, judaism 101
mozel tov, judaism 101, expert levels: Robert, Mozel tov on your efforts to embrace your heritage. The boxes are called mezuzot (singular= mezuzza). They contain kosher parchment upon which is written portions of the Sh ma, our creed ( Hear oh Israel the Lord is our God, our One and Only!......

Orthodox Judaism: Dress Code, orthodox jewish women, non conformist
orthodox jewish women, non conformist, inner beauty: Hello Lisa, Actually everyone is required to dress a certain way. Even the non-conformist has to dress like a non-conformist. The underlying spirit behind the laws of women s dress is that while they can dress attractively they cannot dress...

Orthodox Judaism: Drums, exodus 15, african religions
exodus 15, african religions, playing drums: Hi Chris Judaism does not have any issue with playing drums. In fact, the Torah notes that Miriam (sister of Moses) played drums to celebrate after the miracle of the splitting of the sea (Exodus 15:20). King David also speaks in Psalms (150:4) of praising...

Orthodox Judaism: daniel, hebrew to english, word translation
hebrew to english, word translation, exact word: Hi John, The translation is as follows, And at the end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have been destroyed, there will arise a brazen-faced king who understands riddles. This prophecy is referring to the end of the second Temple era when Titus...

Orthodox Judaism: daven, ashrei, ashkenazi
ashrei, ashkenazi, phonetics: Monday and Thursday morning, from Vehu Rachum one should stand all the way until Rachum Vechanun when it is time to sit and have head on hand. On other days and all week long by Mincha one should sit and have head on hand from the beginning (Rachum Vechanun)....

Orthodox Judaism: death, good shabbos, mortal existence
good shabbos, mortal existence, garden of eden: People die because we chose a mortal existence in the Garden of Eden, over an angelic immortal one. I cannot, nor would I presume to, explain G-d or His actions. I can only believe that He has a plan and everything works in this world towards that plan. Shalom...

Orthodox Judaism: A decree about how to treat one's children?, harsh words, phrasing
harsh words, phrasing, sages: 1. Treating children appropriately falls into the category of treating others appropriately. Love your neighbor like yourself etc. includes one s children as well. 2. Children are an extention of oneself. Asking the Torah to command us to honor and respect...

Orthodox Judaism: differences in religion, biblical prophecies, spiritual clarity
biblical prophecies, spiritual clarity, differences in religion: I am not too familiar with Methodist belief, but the main difference is that Judaism believes in only the Old Testament as the word of G-d, and rejects Jesus as being the Messiah. Jews still await the fulfilment of the biblical prophecies of the coming of...

Orthodox Judaism: different 'movements'.., orthodox shul, hassidic jews
orthodox shul, hassidic jews, gentile nations: Hi Chana/Cindy, Conversions by modern Orthodox would be accepted throughout the Orthodox world as well. There are not that many Beth Dins that perform conversions so all Orthodox movements somewhat basically rely on each other... Regarding acceptance...

Orthodox Judaism: disconected, simchat torah, holly days
simchat torah, holly days, shul: The fact that this feeling bothered you so much shows that you are definitely not disconnected at all! You are very much connected - you just want to feel that connection. I suggest you find a Chabad Shul that is holding celebrations for Simchat Torah this...

Orthodox Judaism: doors, mezuzzah, religious significance
mezuzzah, religious significance, dwellings: It is called a Mezuzzah and it contains a small scroll of a chapter in the Torah. The Torah commanded us to write this scroll and put it on all doors of our dwellings so that from our days in the desert 3300 years ago we would always remember all that G-d...

Orthodox Judaism: dress, own eyes, fringe
own eyes, fringe, reply: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the L-RD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray. That ye may remember, and do all my...

Orthodox Judaism: East2, temple jerusalem, cardinal direction
temple jerusalem, cardinal direction, sun rises in the east: R. The difference is in the INTENT. We are facing east because we want to pray toward the place where the Temple once stood. If we face east because we want to worship the sun, that would be prohibited. In Judaism, many of our actions is quantified...