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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. 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. 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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Question No. 2091
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 Jan 2014
The Question The Mesillas Yesharim quotes the chazal that 'l'osid lovoh kol echad nichveh mechupaso shel chavero' and many other seforim say that the worst punishment will be to see what we could have accomplished. I can't understand how Olam Haba is a reward if we will always feel tortured by what could have been. Can you please explain this Chazal and how it is practical? —Gedaliah, Toronto
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Question No. 2079
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 Dec 2013
The Question Rabbi,I have a noticable/funny streak of grey only down the center of my head of black hair. Is there any problem (as a male) in using a shampoo with hair color made for men?Anonymous, Brookline MA
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Question No. 2068
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Sep 2013
The Question The Ramchal says towards the beginning of the first perek of Mesilas Yesharim, "Our sages of blessed memory have instructed us that man was created for reveling in the Eternal..." What source is he quoting? Which Gemara or Medrash? Are there other earlier sources that say the same or was the Ramchal the first? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 2065
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Aug 2013
The Question Kvod HaRav, I think I have some knowledge of basic psychology, and I think many psychological references I've encountered maintain that arrogance is a "quick-fix" defense tactic against shame, and results from an inner insecurity regarding one's worthiness. If this is so, why have I never seen in any Litvish sifrei mussar like Mesillas Yesharim, Orchos Tzaddikim, and the like a suggestion to build up one's self-esteem in order to eliminate arrogance, anger, envy, and similar interpersonal issues? —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 2062
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 25 Aug 2013
The Question Dear Rabbi, Could you please tell me if it is halachically permissible/advisable to read certain books: 1) Ancient legends such as Epic of Gilgamesh or Greek legends. 2) Books not included in the Bible such as the Book of Enoch. 3) Books about Midrash, like The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg. Unfortunately Rabbi Louis Ginzberg was a Conservative. Thank you very much for your time. —Mikhail Shubov, Dover, NH, USA
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Question No. 2056
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 31 Jul 2013
The Question In a few or your Shiurim you explained how all middos are neutral - there are no inherently bad ones. How does this fit with "kinah, kavod and ta'avah motzi'in es ha'adam min ha'olam"? (We seem to be very against these 3) Also, someone asked me how to understand Hashem being a vengeful G-d (Keil N'kamoss, B'kan'oh es Kinassy etc.) How do you explain it? Thank you so much for this wonderful website and Y'yasher Kokhakha. —Yochanan, New York
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Question No. 2050
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 24 Jul 2013
The Question I have heard on a number of occasions from the rav the idea of "consistency" in avodas Hashem. The rav used the pesukim in Behalochscha "vayehi binsoa haaron" with the "double inverted nuns" to explain the idea of inconsistency. Is there perhaps a way to explain along those lines the famous Chazal on Shabbas Nachamu "they sinned double, they were punished double and the nechama will be double nachamu nachamu ami" (2 straight nuns)? The idea could fit nicely here too, but where do we find the inconsistency regarding tisha b'av and the double punishment re this concept? I found it a very nice thought and if the thought could be extended to this Medresh, I would be happy to hear how. —Anonymous, Belgium
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Question No. 2047
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 22 Jul 2013
The Question Kavod haRav, why is it that Hashem made the body so complicated? Why are there cells and organs and organ systems and so many tiny details? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 2036
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 19 Mar 2013
The Question Dear Rabbi I live in a small close-knit community. Recently my sister in law told me that her nephew by marriage has been molesting and raping her teenage daughter as well as other girls. She had approached their community rabbi who said that he would take care of the issue however unfortunately he has chosen to brush it under the carpet and, being an extremely influential character, has unfortunately even bullied the victims family in to silence. Understanding the severity of the nature of this crime and the obvious effects not only on the victims but to their families and future generations, would you say that (provided the evidence is there), she should be reporting this to the police? What is the Torah’s stance on this? —Daniel, New York
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Question No. 2027
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2013
The Question Regarding #1776, why should the Dor Daim have to follow the majority if they themselves have a mesorah against the Zohar? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 2025
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 27 Jan 2013
The Question We know that in many matters of hashkafa there are different opinions amongst the gedolim. Does one have the right to choose to follow certain gedolim for one hashkafic issue and another gadol for another issue if it makes more sense to him. For example, (please answer this example specifically), majority of gedolei yisroel hold that yom haatzmaut can not be made in to a holiday, and hallel should not be said, and although I follow the mainstream yeshiva gedolim for everything, I would like to say hallel on yom haatzmaut because it makes sense to me, and there certainly are/were some real gedolim who say that its ok to do that. Can I follow the opinions of these gedolim on this hashkafic issue, or do I not have the right to do that? —Anonymous, jerusalem, israel
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Question No. 2004
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 6 Dec 2012
The Question Why is it that Hashem being an infinite being who wants us to get close to him by doing mitsvos, commands that the mitsvos be done in such extreme detail e.g. shabbos/kashrus etc. where sometimes missing even a small detail of a mitzva renders a person not being yotzei or sometimes even chayav misa?In addition,doesn't having so much detail make people do a mitsva for a mitsva i.e. not for coming closer to Hashem due to so much focus on technicalities? Also, aren't a lot mitsvos a little strange for an infinite being to command e.g. tefillin, lulav etc.? How do we understand this? Thank you —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 1999
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 Dec 2012
The Question I was recently an advisor on an NCSY shabbaton in a region where most of the kids are unfortunately mechalel shabbos. Is there a heter to for me to put myself in an environment where I know there will be girls not dressed tzenuah and cursing?What is the heter for NCSY in genral for boys and girls to be together ? —Anonymous, Brooklyn New York
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Question No. 1971
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 22 Mar 2012
The Question Regarding question #1948, is learning what's commonly called "Chassidus" considered learning Kabbalah? (e.g. Noam Elimelech, Torah Or, Sfas Emes, Bnei Yissasschar, Nesivos Shalom, etc.) If not, how is "Chassidus" different than kabbalah? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1955
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2012
The Question I used to read with interest the (English) Mishpacha magazine. But recently I read in the Yated that R' Eliashiv,R' Nissim Karelitz, R' Kanievsky and other Rabbanim banned it. Does that mean I must stop reading it? Is their ban only applicable to the Hebrew Mishpacha but not the English edition? (see comment section for links) —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1953
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Jan 2012
The Question Do our sources say that it's inappropriate to have regrets in life (while still being happy with what you have)? The Gemaras that discuss gam zu l'tova seem to only discuss situations where something happens to you, not things you do to yourself or life decisions you make (career decisions, social decisions, spiritual decisions). If a person intentionally cuts off his own legs, should he then say gam zu l'tova? My intuition is that gam zu doesn't apply to these situations of self harm (physical or decisions), but what do our sources say? Thanks. —Anonymous, US
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Question No. 1950
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 27 Jan 2012
The Question If a person believes it is his main task or purpose in life to 'convert' to Judaism, then is there likely to be serious punishment for him if he never does so (never gets there). It's obvious he won't be able to make a jewish family etc, but i wondered if there's also additional punishment in the afterlife - maybe he'll be sent back again or something like that. Thank you. —John, near London
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