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Question No. 2123
Category End of Days/Messiah
Date Posted 6 Oct 2014
The Question Respected Rabbi, I see clarification on the following issue: (1) Rabbi, the sheep and the wolf will dwell together in peace in Olam Haba! There will be no yetzer hara [evil inclination]. So what is your opinion on whether chidren will be born? (2) A child born is the product of the yetzer hara (evil inclination) and therefore this yetzer hara is indeed a blessing in that sense. Rabbi, please confirm ! —Elisha Shmuel, Israel
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Question No. 2122
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 30 Sep 2014
The Question The 15 orders of the Passover Seder are: Kaddesh. Urechatz. Karpas. Yachatz. Maggid. Rachtzah. Motzi. Matzah. Maror. Korech. Shulchan Orech. Tzafun. Barech. Hallel. Nirtzah. How far back in time can one trace these specific 15 orders? Did these 15 orders exist before the destruction of the Second Temple? If not, is there any record of the order of the Passover meal before the current Seder became institutionalized? Thanks. —Anonymous, Falmouth, USA
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Question No. 2121
Category The Nations
Date Posted 18 Sep 2014
The Question I listened to your response regarding killing Amalek. I am bewildered as to how you think this answers the question. Basically your answer sounds like this to me: "although other religions believe that their god told them to kill others, they are wrong and we are right. We REALLY heard it at Sinai (because that's what our forefathers have said for generations) but they didn't REALLY hear or see it in Mecca from god or Mohammed (even though THEIR forefathers said so)" Rabbi, I assume you are intelligent. This is not the answer; this is merely the question. Basically your answer sounds like "we're right because OUR god said so". Numerous friends (mostly religious) have heard this and share the same puzzlement. Please elaborate. —Anonymous, New York City
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Question No. 2119
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 11 Sep 2014
The Question I love eating pumpkin. However, I usually eat it raw, cut into cubes. I asked this question during the last shmitah year and think I was told that it was ok to eat the pumpkin that way, but do not remember the reason why. Am I correct in thinking that I am allowed to eat it raw, even though it is not the usual way of preparing pumpkin, or am I restricted from doing so and the pumpkin requires cooking. —Leona Stern, Haifa, Israel
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Question No. 2118
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 10 Sep 2014
The Question B'Kavod Ha'Rav, Is it better to commit spiritual suicide and become fry or actual death while still frum? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 2117
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 7 Sep 2014
The Question Is it muttar as a married individual to converse with single jewish women who are in my graduate program class? How can one maintain congeniality and prevent coming across as rude or cold if small talk is completely assur. I understand the mishna says "al tarbeh sicha im haisha" which seems to be mashma that only a "ribuy" of dibur is assur whereas a moderate amount is acceptable or even expected in certain situations to live up to "hevay mekabel es kol haadam pbsever panim yafos/v'asisa hayashar v'hatov". —Oren Sabag, Potomac, Maryland
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Question No. 2116
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Sep 2014
The Question My married daughter has had four different incidents over the last couple of weeks, all relating to freezers. First, her freezer in her dira broke, then the freezer on holiday in UK suddenly broke. Then, on her return to her flat in Israel her food in freezer was mouldy as the fuse in the building had blown, causing her freezer to be off. She asked me what message could Hashem be sending her as to what improvements she needs to take note of. Do you have any suggestions? Many thanks. —Anonymous, London UK
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Question No. 2115
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 31 Aug 2014
The Question My daughter died several months ago. I am trying to give my other children the extra treats and gifts they used to receive from her (e.g., food, clothing). Their father, who has Asperger's Syndrome, just does not think of these things, and is always saying 'No' to them. What should I do? Please give me an objective, not lenient, reply. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 2113
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2014
The Question Why did Moshe not bless the tribe of Simeon (Deu 33)? —KUNSKI YEHUDA, India
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Question No. 2112
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2014
The Question Dear Rabbi, In Genesis 6:2 the "Sons of G-d" took wives from the daughters of men. 1) Who are the Sons of G-d? 2)If they were the bad spirits of G-d, can they have intercourse with the daughters of men? Please explain this. —KUNSKI YEHUDA, India
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Question No. 2111
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 21 Aug 2014
The Question In question #602 Rabbi Leff spoke about watching movies, and how ones that are even so-to-speak "kosher" are not really "kosher." My question is about TV. There are some shows that seem to be OK, like cooking or home improvement/design shows. Are those OK to watch? Is there any show that one could say is OKto watch? Many thanks to the Rav for this site. —Anonymous, Michigan
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Question No. 2110
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 20 Aug 2014
The Question I am told that a leading Israeli Rosh Yeshiva tells his bochurim to ask for NIS 700,000 from the parents of a potential kallah. Does the Rav agree with this policy? If a person does not even have 1% of this sum, with no family support options, is it "mutar" to place total reliance on HaShem to bring your daughter a shidduch at the right time as there seems to be no "derech hateva" options for "histadlus" in this situation? —Anonymous, Bet Shemesh, Israel
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Question No. 2109
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 19 Aug 2014
The Question Regarding #1599, the Rav said "a Talmid of the LR can look at it differently." But if its pure hotza'as shem rah, what other way is there to look at it? And if there is indeed another way to look at it, then maybe that other way is correct (i.e. The LR is really correct), and maybe RS is really NOT a Ben torah and should not be followed? How can you have "eilu v'eilu" here if the LR is completely delegitimizing RS? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 2108
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 17 Aug 2014
The Question Dear Rabbi, How do I repent to HaShem for witchcraft? Can one ask HaShem to break a spell one cast? —Lauren, San Clemente, CA, United States
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Question No. 2107
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 17 Aug 2014
The Question How do I come to terms with the fact that even though my husband is a frum man, he still has a yetzer hara to look at other women? It bothers me terribly, even though I know he employs superhuman strength to try not be oiver? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 2106
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 14 Aug 2014
The Question Dear R. Leff. I believe you have said in response to other questions that one cannot break Shabbat to save the life of a non-Jew, or any Biblical prohibition for that matter. If this is the case, please could you kindly cite the relevant sources and what is says there. Many thanks, —Alex, London
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Question No. 2105
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 13 Aug 2014
The Question Shalom Rabbi Leff, if a Jewish person is chas veshalom put in a situation where an Arab threatens him to convert to Islam or be killed, is there a mitzva of "yehareg veal yaavor" (letting oneself be killed) just like avodah zara? Or do we say that the mitzva of "yehareg veal yaavor" is specifically in situations of avoda zarah whereas Islam believes in one G-d, just in a very distorted way, so there isn't a mitzva to let oneself get killed? Obviously it is completely assur for a Jew to practise Islam and leave Torah and mitzvos, my question is specifically in that moment of being threatened. —RDG, London
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Question No. 2104
Category End of Days/Messiah
Date Posted 13 Aug 2014
The Question Shalom Rabbi Leff, is there a pasuk in the Torah (excluding Nevi'im) that states explicitly that Mashiach is going to come and save the Jewish people someday? Furthermore, it is one of the 13 principles of Emuna to hope for his arrival (according to the Rambam at least) so why also don't we find a mitzva in the Torah for this? Seemingly if these were to have been written in the Torah the mitzva of hoping for Mashiach would carry much more weight among Jews. —RDG, London
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Question No. 2103
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Jan 2014
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I learnt that when davening shemonah esrei one can add one's own personal requests to the different brachot. By "adding" I mean that one can verbally talk to Hashem and ask Him for help in relation to the different things one needs, etc. Recently however I was told that this is not so and that one should refrain from saying anything at all during the different brachot of shemonah esrei. One can add personal requests at the end (after Elokai) but not during the amidah. One may think about such requests but one should not verbalise them. What is your opinion on this? Many thanks —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 2102
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 25 Jan 2014
The Question Do the Jews still exist because of Jehovah or in spite of Him KilO —winnie wright, scotland
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