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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. 2026
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 27 Jan 2013
The Question Dear Rav Leff; I recently voted, again, for Agudas Yisrael on the advice of my Rav. I realize that there's a need to mechazek the Torah/Yeshiva world and limud haTorah. But I'm not thrilled with the choice. Specifically, I can't understand why they're making SUCH a big deal and putting up SUCH a big fight (even threatening to leave Eretz Yisrael, which I'm sure would make the leftists very happy)rather than send their sons to the army. I consider myself Chareidi. I was also in the army. Rather than fighting and making an even bigger chilul Hashem, why not work together to build a chareidi unit in the army. No women. Daily minyanim, learning and mehadrin food. Anything else they want. The top tier of talmidim would be exempt, and (cont.) —Anonymous
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Question No. 1931
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 24 Oct 2011
The Question What would the Torah approach to the prisoner exchange with Gilad Shalit be? —Ben, United Kingdom
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Question No. 1753
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 24 Jun 2010
The Question Dear Rav, thank you for all the Torah you share with me. I want to ask the Rav how a Yarei Shamayim should approach Medinat Yisrael. Should one be appreciative that there is a State of Israel and rejoice on Yom Haatzmaut? Someone told me that I should be sad on this day because the land became under the control of reshaim and that the medina caused many people to lose their frumkeit. Is he right? I thought that one should realize that the state is not perfect but there is still much to have hakaras hatov for. —Anonymous, Miami, Fl
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Question No. 1718
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2010
The Question I understand that the soldiers in the IDF gain their strength from the people learning Torah and davening, but how can we decide not to fight in the army, because many people (Hezder Yeshiva for example) do both, and there will always be people learning Torah all over the world giving the soldiers strength. It seems unfair that we don't fight as well. —Anonymous, toronto
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Question No. 1652
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 8 May 2009
The Question K'vod HaRav. Is it permitted to hitch a ride in Israel? I saw brought down in a sefer that it's forbidden for physical and spiritual dangers as follows: physical ( a person may be picked up by an arab terrorist ) spiritual (you may see or hear inappropriate things) But arabs go on buses too; and I think that there have been many more instances of terrorist attacks on buses, than attacks / kidnappings from hitching. As for the spiritual dangers, it's not like buses don't also have those very same spiritual dangers. In addition, one can usually see before they get into the hitch whether or not it would be OK spirtually to get in the car. If it is not, they don't have to go in. Thanks —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1447
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 10 Apr 2008
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I have a simple question concerning the annointing of Kings in OT Judaism. Was the term "It is Finished" used at the close of the ceremony? Was it done at 3:00 PM on Passover? —Troy Keaton, Hardy, VA
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Question No. 1422
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 10 Oct 2007
The Question 1) If the Jews had not sinned by the meraglim, how long would it have been before they entered Eretz Canaan? 2) per Rashi, there was a tsunami before the mabul. Was Noach alive at that time? What was the year of that tsunami? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1386
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 8 Aug 2007
The Question Would making aliyah be prohibited if it appears that by doing so one would not be able to repay existing debts (student loans) due to lower anticipated income in Eretz Yisrael? Or may one have the attitude that whatever the parnassa situation might appear to be at first, he doesn't really know what Hashem will provide, and therefore he will trust that if Hashem wants him to be able to pay the debts He will provide the means? Thank you —Anonymous, Los Angeles
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Question No. 1286
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 18 Nov 2006
The Question Rav Leff, in response to the threat of the "parade" riots broke out in geulah and throughout the country. On the one hand it seemed itself like a chillul hashem endangering people and damaging the land. On the otherhand it seemed effective where a peaceful demonstration surely would not have been. What is the proper outlook in the issue. —aaron, jerusalem
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Question No. 1283
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2006
The Question Sholom U'Bracha, My wife and I are a frum couple with two young children, ages 4 and 2. It was always a dream of ours to move to Eretz Yisroel. We are currently thinking about moving out of Cleveland back to Monsey, (I was offerred a new job there.) I often hear and read about many prominent Rabbannim, including yourself, talk about how this might be Chevlai Moshiach, or Ikvesah D'Meshiach, etc. Should we consider moving now to Eretz Yisroel instead? —Anonymous, Cleveland, Ohio
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Question No. 1274
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 23 Jul 2006
The Question Why did Miriam have to die in the desert. She was not involved in the sins of the Golden Calf, the Spies, nor hitting the rock. I have asked a few rabbis and nobody has given me an answer why she was not allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael. —Bathsheba Frais, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1233
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 5 May 2006
The Question We are post Yom HaAzmaut and every year we unfortunately encounter arguments and disagreements concerning if and how to celebrate Independence Day. The most extreme anti-state attitude is expressed by the Satmar movement. I have seen videos of their representatives recently visiting Iran expressing support for the Iranian regime at its policy towards the State of Israel. I have read articles where representatives of Satmar say that "….it is better that Israel belongs to the Palestinians than to the Zionists…". I find this very chocking and frightening. If we have Torah Jews coming out in public and totally rejecting the State of Israel and supporting arc enemies of the Jewish people who needs enemies. Could the Rabbi, with Halachic sources, please elaborate on the Torah's attitude concerning 1) the return of large amounts of Jews to the Land of Israel and 2) to the establishment of a Jewish state prior to the time of Meshiach. I am familiar with the Ramban's and Chofets Chaim's support for such endeavor and their stress on the mitzvah of yishuv and shilton, settling and government over the Land of Israel. But of course there are many others commentaries so a hope the Rabbi can sort things out for us. Many thanks in advance. —Meir, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1227
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 1 May 2006
The Question With the passing of the Satmar Rebbi & the chillul Hashem the two sons brought forth...I looked at this site and respectfully ask your reply to their questions... .. http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/tenquestions.htm .. I have my own answers, but ask for your learned responses.... Thank you —Dov Ber, Marlboro, NJ
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Question No. 1222
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 26 Apr 2006
The Question I know it is a controversial issue, but can you explain why one would NOT stand for the "moment of silence" on such days in Israel? —Chaim, Israel
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Question No. 1146
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 1 Dec 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi, I read your article about "Where's the religious Aliyah from the West?" and found it most inspiring. My question is: The gemara Berachot (57a) reveals that one who dreams about barley "has had his sins removed from his file". In connection with this, Ribbi Zera says that he did not decide to move from Bavel to EY until he dreamt of barley. This implies that one should be free of sin before making Aliyah. How are we to understand Ribbi Zera's statement in light of the article calling on us to move to EY (with our rav's go-ahead, of course)? Thank you and may Hashem bless you for all your work in teaching Torah! —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1143
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 30 Nov 2005
The Question Lichvod HaRav. Being 24 years old and having qualified as an Accountant here, I have decided to take year off and I am going to learn in a Yeshiva for a year. We have a 28 year old Yeshiva here in Johannesburg which is well respected, and led by RY Goldfein Shlita, who learnt under Rav Gifter in Telz. However, I have the opportunity to learn in Israel. Do you consider it better for learning or for a person's Torah future to learn in Israel, even though places outside Israel may be of real quality? Thank you. —Anonymous, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Question No. 1126
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 13 Nov 2005
The Question In regard to question #481 if I understood correctly a person is allowed to leave Eretz Yisroel only with the intention that they plan to come back so what happens to smeinary girls after they finish or a Yeshiva Bocher or even a married couple who plan to live in Eretz Yisroel for a certain amount of time. Even more so someone who is coming to vist? Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Yerushalayim, Ir Hakodesh
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Question No. 1085
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 13 Oct 2005
The Question It is moztziei Yom Kippur. Authorities are warning about bird flu pandemics. Rav Kudari (whom I do not know anything much about) issued a warning. This is not really a question for an internet forum. It is an emergency. Are we supposed to take this seriously and move, per Rav Kudari's warning to E.Y., immediately if possible, with an unusual zereizus?! —Anonymous, Denver, CO
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Question No. 973
Category Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
Date Posted 21 Aug 2005
The Question A relative of mine has long been inspired to move to Israel. Since there are family issues that seeem to counter-indicate such a move, he discussed the matter with his rabbi. His rabbi's advise was that he not pursue aliyah at this time. My relative was content with this resolution for several years. However, upon reading Eim Habanim Semeichah, he is having second thoughts. On page 49 (English translation, Kol Mevaser Publications) Rabbi Teichtal states that even rabbis may fail to admit the true value of aliyah. "This one has a profitable business or factory, or a prestigious job which provides great satisfaction. They are afraid that their status will decline if they go to Eretz Yisrael. People of this sort are influenced by ther deep-rooted, selfish motives to such an extent that they themselves do not realize that their prejudice speaks on their behalf." My relative's quanry is that he doesn't know if his rabbi is giving him Torah-true counsel (and that aliyah would be a bad mistake at this time) or if the rabbi is self-conscious of his own failure to make aliya. (and thus will certainly not encourage his flock to leave him.) How would you advise my relative to proceeed? —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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