View Questions by Category

Brachos (Laws of Blessings)
60
Chinuch (Educating/Raising Children)
49
End of Days/Messiah
44
Eretz Yisrael (Israel Topics)
64
Halacha (General Jewish Law)
473
Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
277
Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
99
Marriage Law/Philosophy
119
Miscellaneous
207
Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
78
Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
96
Tanach (Bible Topics)
71
Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
138
The Nations
40
Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
27
Understanding Judaism
37
Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
102

Search Options

most recent questions
Keyword search:
Show question number:

Information

Last question received: 17 Aug 2017

Questions answered to date: 1989

Submit your own question here

Listen to Rabbi Leff's disclaimer

Go to Rabbi Leff's Home Page

Download/upgrade Windows Media Player

Email the Webmaster

Showing Questions in 'Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)'

Pages: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14 

Show Previous 20 Questions    |  Show Next 20 Questions 

Question No. 711
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, 1)is the term making aliyah to israel a zionistic term? 2)because the state of israel was created the agudah israel feel that they should make it a torah state but by getting involved in the politics of a secular zionist state with the intention of making it closer to Torah, it seems that they are not condoning the fact that the state was created in the first place, against the will of Hashem. are they antizionist? Zionism is a great darkness and a failure says Rabbi Avigdor Miller z"l why are the agudah trying to make it work if the action of creating a state was improper. even if tzadikim led the state it would still be wrong because hashem will bring the redemtion not apicorus zionists.help me understand why there not antizionist like most chassidic sects? the antisemitism has reached tremendous proportions since the creation of the state, why is that so overlooked? also, you said that the state was a haven for jews after the holocaust, but the zionists could have saved so many jews they were allies with the nazis and they went to many countries proposing bills so they would not accept jews and most of them that came to israel were forced to cut there peyos and beards and became secular. there are israelis that moved in my area and they told us that in israel they never went to shul and ate pork on yom Kippur , Baruch Hashem they come to our shul every shabbos and there becoming more religious while living in america rather then when they lived in israel. thank you Rabbi for devoting your time and energy to answer my questions. —Anonymous, NEW JERSEY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 701
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 26 Feb 2005
The Question Harav Leff Shilta, I have a problem. I use the internet for work but I am led by my Yetzer Hara to many bad/inappropriate sites. I am unable to control my self. How can I stop this and do Teshuva. —Anonymous, Midwest United States
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 698
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 25 Feb 2005
The Question Thank you Rabbi Leff. Recently, many gedolei Yisrael put a cherem on Rabbi Nosson Slifkin because of certain things that he wrote in his book, "The Science In Torah". What exactly did he write that was wrong? I know that he had many torah sources that backed up the points mentioned in the book and in no means did he want to cause controversy. Why was the cherem, a very harsh punishment, placed on Rabbi Slifkin, a well meaning person? I believe that his book was meant to increase the honor of the Torah to show how science and Torah are not contradictions, not to diminish the Torah's authority. This has really been bothering me lately and I would very much like to hear what the Rav has to say about it. —Avraham Menachem, Long Island, NY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 697
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 Feb 2005
The Question I just came back from Eretz Yisrael after a year and a half, and am ready to start dating.But one problem; my parents have a totally different picture of a potential spouse than what I have. I would like someone who would learn for the beginning and then go into chinuch, however my father doesnt understand this whole few year learning thing.I don't know what to do. How can I make him understand? Can Rav Leff give me some eitza? Thanks so much for your time!! —Anonymous, New Jersey
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 695
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 Feb 2005
The Question For someone who married a non-Jewish spouse, but years later wanted to convert to Judaism and this became their whole life, (in addition to finding out they have Jewish heritage) but was turned away because their spouse was not Jewish. Is there anything in regards to the innocence of this person who married prior to learning Jewish law? —Anonymous, Chico, CA. USA
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 692
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Feb 2005
The Question We have a beautiful little boy on the autistic spectrum.Is it possible that having this neshama to care for is both a reward and a punsihment at the same time?I recognize that many have said these children can be great souls, but it is often so painful to see their level of functionality. Thank you so much for your time and insight always. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 691
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2005
The Question Hi, I would appreciate if you can give me some clarification and a detailed explanation on the topic of "Bechira" (free choice). I know that we each have bechira. However i would like to better understand this topic. If hashem knows what we will do and what our decisions will be..how can we have bechira? Thank you so much for your inspiration, and knowledge. hatzlacha! —Anonymous, Brooklyn
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 658
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 9 Jan 2005
The Question The Rav seems to say on one of his Zionism lectures that there is no doubt that Herzl will be rewarded for his desire to do away with antisemitism. Does one receive schar (reward) for doing a good deed or machshava (thought) if he is not doing it because the Torah says so, but rather because of only "humanitarian" or other motivations? —Tzvi Nathan, NY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 631
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 21 Dec 2004
The Question Thank you. How does the Rav feel about studying secular knowledge? It it something that should ideally be avoided if possible, or is it something that can enhance your Avodas Hashem? —Avraham, Long Island, NY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 630
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 21 Dec 2004
The Question Thank you for your time. How does the Rav feel about Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik ZT"L and his hashkafa? Was he an advocate of Modern Orthodoxy, or was that just a title placed upon him by others? Also, why is it that in the Yeshivish world he is not viewed as one of the great gedolei hador of the previous generation, or is this a false assumption? Thank you. —Avraham Menachem, Long Island, NY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 614
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 10 Dec 2004
The Question Why is it that Moshiach had to come from the seemingly unkosher relationship between Yehuda and Tamar? Also the relationships that Dovid Hamelech had seem unkosher. —David Gordon, Monsey, NY
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 606
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2004
The Question If G-d is said to be everywhere, does that mean that he's also in Gehennom? - Yaakov, age 9,
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 602
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Dec 2004
The Question BS"D I know that all goyishe movies are wrong to watch, even the more appropriate, child-oriented, disney-type, but specifically in regards to this type, what EXACTLY is wrong with watching them? —Anonymous, Los Angeles, California
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 601
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 30 Nov 2004
The Question Is there such an idea of a pre-destined divorce, i.e. that one had to go through it? Could it have worked or was failure (divorce) inevitable? How does one know if it is the right person and how about if it's the wrong person? If bad is being said about you by someone from the other side (husband or wife) what should you do? Finally, can you talk about the other party and or her side and if yes when and how? (i.e. If brought up and/or if asked what happened? By someone you are dating). Thanks. And, we all appreciate your time, effort, and energies you and your affiliates exert in guiding us in the path of torah. A long, healthy, and sweet life to you and to all of Am Yisroel!!! Anonymous, Golus
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 600
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 30 Nov 2004
The Question Last erev shabbos The Rav gave a shiur that addressed something that’s been bothering me for quite some time: what’s the point of me davening for something when I know that Hashem knows what’s best and He will decide the outcome, regardless of my wishes? Just as The Rav was about to answer the question, I got interrupted and I had to leave the shiur! Please could The Rav repeat the answer. If it was that Hashem wants to see me davening, that I’m acknowledging Him as The one who’s in control and that my tefillas affect me and the person I’m davening for in ways we don’t know about, all well and good but it still leaves me feeling like there’s no point in asking for what I want to happen when my wishes often go unfulfilled. Am I supposed to play a game and pretend that I don’t know that? And keep beseeching Him to fulfil? —Anonymous, Matityahu
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 595
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question The Rav responded to my question (#505) by stating that no gedolim avoided rescuing Jews during the Holocaust just to avoid the prohibition against associating with "evildoers". But if I may quote from the Yated Neeman (http://chareidi.shemayisrael.com/archives5764/balak/BLK64features.htm): "To which the Chazon Ish responded: `Why does the rav have to get involved in hatzoloh matters? After 120 years, when the rav comes before the Heavenly Court and they argue that he could have saved Jews and why did he not, and he replies that the only way he could have saved them was through an alliance with the Agency and with the Zionists, I will be the guarantor that they will accept this answer.' " Hence, I am back to my original question. —Moshe Peretz Mann, Maaleh Levona
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 582
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question When Chazal make a statement concerning science, are we to take it as a portrayal of the best scientific knowledge of the time, or do we accept like any other part of the torah? —Menachem Hojda, Oak Park, MI
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 577
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Even though there are many commentaries on the Torah, should one invest time thinking of his own insights. —Zvi, London
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 569
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question It is well known medically that a woman who is trying to conceive a child should take pre-natal vitamins before the pregnancy, because there are vital nutrients needed for the embryo's development into a fetus, and that it's "too late" to begin after pregnancy is achieved. My question is this - if a couple is experiencing infertility, then does it display a lack of emunah for the woman NOT to take such vitamins, if part of her thinking is "I'm not going to get pregnant anyway, so why bother?" —Anonymous, U.S.A.
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Question No. 560
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question It seems to me that in yeshivas nowadays, there is a strong lack of emphasis on comprehensively understanding the gemara and how it fits in with the big picture, and instead, taking bits and pieces from gemara, Tosafos, and meforshim and making up chiddushim from that is valued. Is this just a natural result of yeridas hadoros or is this an unfortunate trend which should be rectified?
The Answer Click here to listen to Rabbi Leff's answer.


Pages: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14 

Show Previous 20 Questions    |  Show Next 20 Questions 

Back to top