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Question No. 825
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2005
The Question The Christian scriptures are so inconsistent and contradictory with each other that it is obviusly sheker. How do we reconcile the discrepencies between Divrei Hayomim and other books of Navi discussing the same time period? —Anonymous, Atlanta, GA
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Question No. 824
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2005
The Question During the 40 years in the desert where did the ingredients for the korbanos come from like olives for oil, flour for soles, barley, etc. —Anonymous, Atlanta
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Question No. 699
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 26 Feb 2005
The Question There is an internet site for a sick relative of ours on which people send messages for everyone to read. Can we read what Jews have written to her on Shabbat? Thank you Rabbi Leff for sharing your Torah with us. —R. Miller,, Israel
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Question No. 599
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question In Parshat Vayeze, Leah also deceives Yakov when she spends the wedding night pretending to be Rachel. How was she permitted to do this? Did we not learn that a man must not even think of another women while he is having relations with his wife? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 590
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question The Gemara says that when Adam saw nightfall on that first day, he thought that darkness was a result of his sin, and so he cried out to Hashem. And then when Adam saw daylight the next day, he said, 'Now I realize it was all part of nature.' I don't understand. Why didn't Adam ascribe the turnaround to Hashem having answered his prayers? What should be our reaction when Hashem turns around a gloomy situation, turns darkness into light? —Anonymous, Kiryat Sefer
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Question No. 574
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Who is the prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18, Muslims claim that he's Mohammed. Can this be true?! —Jay, U.K.
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Question No. 525
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question Of the 613 commandments, the one about the wayward son in Deut. 21:18-21 is a hard one to accept. As a parent, I have such a hard time with this. One Rabbi told me that it is a figure of speech to show the seriousness of the crime. But, are we really obligated to accept this commandment literally? Anonmyous, California
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Question No. 461
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question I was doing a research project on the Torah, and I came across some rather dismaying passages in Leviticus that call for the death of homosexuals. Can you explain what these actually mean? Nathan Leff, New Jersey
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Question No. 441
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Why did Avrohom daven for the people of Sodom , who were a vicious evil people, shouldn't he have been concerned for the future victims? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 407
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Many thanks to the Rav for taking time to answer this question.  Who was Lilith?  The only answer I have been given so far is that she was the predecessor of Chava.  But that is just a definition.  Who is she and what happened to her and why? Aviva, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 394
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Why is it that Avraham Avinu pleads for the city of Sedom but does not say a word when Hakadosh Boruch Hu commnads him to kill his own son? I recently heard a pshat that seems heretical that Avraham actually failed for this reason. Can the Rav please explain- Thank you. Anonymous
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Question No. 391
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question When Yaakov purchased the b'chora from Eisav, did that include the brachos, & if so why was it necessary to trick Yitzchok into thinking he was Eisov, why couldn't he just show him the proof of purchase? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 330
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Shalom Uvracha, Rav Leff Shlita, My eight year old son Yonnason asked his Rebbe last year a question. I have an answer but could not find anyone who speaks about. In Sefer Shmos Perek Gimmel Pasuk Ches Hashem tells Moshe that (Benei Yisroel) will go up from the land of Mitzryim to Eretz Tova Urchava El Arutz Zavas Chalav Udvash El Makom Ha Kahani... however in Pasuk Yud Zion when Hashem tells Moshe to tell Ziknay Yisroel it says El Eretz Kahani and then Eretz Zavas Chalav Udvash? I am thinking when Hashem speaks to Moshe, Moshe is on the level to hear the greatness of the land of Israel first and is not concerned about the difficulty of the Jewish nation occupying a land that has many inhabitants. When Hashem instructs the Moshe to tell the Ziknay Yisroel he must speak on their level which would be first concerned with the occupants of Eretz Yisroel. What does the Rav think? Thank you. Emanuel Gentilcore Beitar Illit, Israel
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Question No. 313
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question How was King Solomon able to marry the daughter of Pharaoh, if the Egyptians cannot become Jewish for 3 generations. Levi, Israel
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Question No. 297
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Kvod HaRav Shlita, Shalom U'Vracha, My 8 year old son would like to ask, "In the first perek of Shemot, we learn from some of the Mephorshim that the Jewish women in Egypt, gave birth to six children at a time. If so, why then, did Yocheved only have one at a time?". Kol Tuv, and Shana Tova Akiva and son, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 292
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff I am currently studying the first book of the Torah. When H' tells Adam not to eat from the tree of good and evil, what makes Eve then tell the serpent that she can't eat it but all can't touch? H' only said don't eat it, but she somehow says also not to touch it. What made her say this? I have many theories, but I would appreciate the actual reason. Thanking you Mrs. Lawrence, London, UK
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Question No. 256
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Why is there a small YUD in Pinchas? No one seems to discuss the issue. Its perfect Baal Haturim material yet he remains silent on the issue. Any insights? Raphy Garson, Israel
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Question No. 237
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question When in history were the Jewish Holy Scriptures considered complete and closed? Calvin Wolfe, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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Question No. 222
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question I am in 12th grade and am doing a paper on Mechiras Yosef. I've been reading the Meforshim inside the Chumash, but two of my bigger questions haven't been answered so clearly. 1) If the brothers were such tzadikim how could they want to kill one of their own brothers? I know they hated and were jealous of Yosef, but killing, even sellig him, seems a bit drastic and they knew what pain it would cause their father. 2) Did the brothers have Bechira in selling Yosef, or did Hashem cause it to happen because he needed Yaackov and his family to end up in Mitzrayim? I know this question is a little complicated and of course everyone has Bechira, but I'm not so clear about it. Maybe you can bring me some sources I can look up to prove this point. Thank you. Alexandra, New York Also, see: http://www.shemayisrael.co.il/parsha/leff/archives/vayeish.htm
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Question No. 215
Category Tanach (Bible Topics)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Regarding the mitzvah of veohavto lereecho komocho which lit. means you should love TO your friend as yourself wouldn’t the word es be more appropriate?  
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