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Question No. 396
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Kvod HaRav Shlita, I thank the Rav for taking time to answer my question. I attended to a "Hebrew Academy" in America with a girl, who eventually turned her back on Judaism while studying law, married an Arab who she defended in court (arrested and imprisoned for terror activities by the Israelis),lives in Bethlehem and works as a virulent anti-Israel lawyer for the UN, and acts on behalf of Hamas terrorists and their families. I am greatly saddened by what she has become. Does the Rav have any suggestions on any ways that may help bring her back to Yiddishkeit? Also, what is the Din regarding Jews who support Arab murderers who kill Jews, such as the Neturei Karta who actively support the PLO? May one buy a Mezuzah or Tefillin from a Neturei Karta Sofer? May they be counted in a minyan? May we eat meat shechted by a Neturei Karta shochet? Is there a difference between the Din of Neturei Karta here in Eretz Yisroel as opposed to those who live in Chul? Kol Tuv, and many thanks. Akiva, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 393
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I recently saw a Beis Halevi which says that hishtadlus is merely a heter given because one may not yet be on a madrega where he realizes that everything is from Hakadosh Boruch Hu. After hearing many shmoozim on Bitachon I still haven't been able to get a straight answer on how one is to evaluate the balance between hishtadlus and bitachon in a practical manner. Will the Rav please offer some specific guidelines or methods of being able to tell where one is at and how one can tell if he has real bitachon or is merely fooling himself. Thank you very much for your time. Yossi, New York
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Question No. 390
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I am doing a project for my World Religions course in school and the topic that I need to research is: If G-d is so powerful, why is there suffering in the world?  I have researched this topic and have only found the Christian side to the story; however, I need the Jewish side to it.  Could you please tell me what the Torah has to say about this topic? Ariel Picillo, Toronto
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Question No. 386
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, How does one refrain from doing an aveira (particularly under the category of "lo sasuru acharay levavchem") that he is prone to doing? I heard that learning Torah is an option. What happens if you are a girl? How can she stop herself from doing it again (and again) I'd appreciate some practical examples. Thank you very much for all your help - tizku l'mitzvos! Anonymous
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Question No. 381
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Concerning the bracha of a Rebbe or great Rav. 1. When Hashem responds to him and not to others, how does this work. Surely Hashem does not change His mind, and why does He respond, so as to speak to the Rebbe and not the ill person for example? 2. Are those people who have never heard of this concept at a disadvantage? Many thanks. Reuvein Ben Dov, Har Nof
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Question No. 375
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Which is the religious point of view (in the Orthodox Judaism) about the problem of the evil and the Shoah?
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Question No. 371
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question In the church there are persons with different gifts of the spirit that god has given to them .I want to known is the color that represents each gift of the spirit. In regards to Joseph's coat of many colors do the colors of the coat represents the different gifts of the spirit. What does Richard means in Hebrew? Anonymous
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Question No. 365
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question You recently wrote an article on parshat Shmot called "Living to Work."  Aish.com published your writing and it was a fabulous article, quite illuminating.  The only thing I didn't understand was your usage of the word avodah.  You defined avodah as purposeless work/menial labor.  But I thought the work done in the Beit HaMikdash was Avodah and that certainly was not purposeless or menial.  I also thought that, according to Pirkei Avot, the world stands on three things, one of them being Avodah (which is often understood as prayer); I would be surprised if one of the three pillars of the world is meaningless/menial work.   How do we reconcile all of this? Mark Newman. USA
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Question No. 361
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question There has been a lot of discussion about how publishers of gedolim biographies revise and censor out much of what that gadol did in order to make him look like a preset image of an "ideal" gadol. Does the Rav hold that this is right or wrong? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 359
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I graduated elementary school 23 yrs ago.  This past week my friends and I have " found each other" and we have been e-mailing back and forth. Tonight motzei shabbos when I checked my mail I saw that one person e-mailed on shabbos to me and the group.  Obviously she isn't shomer shabbos.  Should I say something? Thanks so much. Miriam, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 358
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question You discussed the idea of "developing your potential" in last weeks shabbos drasha and in the past. As we know the name of a person is expressive of his qualities and capabilities. My question is: How do I know what my capabilities are? How do I know what my purpose is in this life? Shall I look at my name and then look in chazal what that name represents? In addition at a bris we give the name to a child. Does that mean that whatever name we choose, his name will represent his qualities? Anonymous, US
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Question No. 354
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the Rav's opinion of movies that have Torahedik themes (like there is a another dimension more "real" than this one, and our actions help influence how it interacts with us) being used to help teach Jewish concepts to nonobservant Jews? Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 353
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question L'chvod Harav Leff- 1) Why is it that frumkeit with women have been based on covering hair or not and if a women wears pants. Does this have Rabbinic source and origin, or is it something that the Jewish communities have decided themselves. Why are these 2 Isureim from the Torah chosen? What about Lashon Hara or any other things that are forbidden or required by the Torah? Lashon Hara may be widespread unfortunaly, but why should that make a difference? It is still forbidden from the Torah. What about other Mitzvos Bein Adom L'chavairo? Doesn't the penimius of a person matter as well? Is it not just as important to be a mentch? 2) I heard that a person is not allowed to trust the kashrus of a married women who doesn't cover her hair. Is this idea true and does it have any Rabbinic origin? Why?   I would like to thank the Rav for taking time, I really appreciate it very much. Adina, Chicago
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Question No. 346
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the daas torah on religious Zionism? Thanks! T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 336
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question How does the Rav suggest parents answer their childrens' questions about dinosaurs, age of the earth, etc.? Robert Rubovitz. Sharon, MA
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Question No. 335
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What are the parameters of being halachikally connected to the mesorah (tradition)? If one doesnt to attatch himself to a Rebbe Muvhak or doesnt inherit a specific derech halimud', is this person somewhat outside of the mesorah? Yossi, New York
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Question No. 332
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Is it possible for Chazal to make mistakes regarding scientific & other non halachic information e.g spontaneous generation? Is the existence of the parsha of "par helem dovor" proof that they could make a mistake? Is the scientific & medical info in shas (Talmud) considered torah shel baal peh that was received at Sinai? Thank you ! TN, New York
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Question No. 326
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question How do you know if an Ayin Hara is placed on you? If a Rav tells you that there is one on you, how do you remove it? What is the truth behind the "red string"? Anonymous, NYC
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Question No. 323
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question The Medrash states that as a child is born, the Malach comes and punches it under the nose and that is why we have an indentation under our nose. But I saw a photograph of an unborn fetus that already had an indentation. How does the Rav explain this? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 302
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question I recently was discussing the topic of creation with a friend who is not an observant person. My friend asked where did Hashem come from? Who created him? I could not answer him. I would appreciate the answer to this question. Thank you Rabbi Sam Davids, Englishtown, NJ
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