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Question No. 115
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What is the torah view of Psychology? Menachem Hojda, Oak Park, Michigan
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Question No. 112
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I am just at a loss. I have been on this journey of infertility so long. I just don't' think I have the strength left to continue running after this elusive bubble in the wind. Obviously, for some reason, the Ribono Shel Olam is keeping the gift of children from us. It is not for us to question why. I accept it. But then what is my purpose in life? What am I supposed to fill my long empty days with? I just cannot continue living on "HOLD", living for the future, waiting for that elusive pregnancy to materialize. I have to live life in the present. But what do I actually do with myself? Anonymous I have a friend who is trying to have children for so long. She has failed 5 IVF tries, money is tight her husband lost his job . She is "davened out". She has no strength to go on. How do I encourage her? Anonymous
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Question No. 111
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question After what happened in Chevron this week, I thought back to my shock after hearing about Baruch Goldstein. How should we, as halachic Jews, view him? We hear about how he would even treat Arabs with no discrimination in his medical treatment of the sick. Do we separate the man from his actions? Some "understand" his actions when they look at the situation of the Jews in Chevron. There were also media reports outside of Israel that a pogrom was being planned by the Arabs and weapons stored in the cave were only found because of his actions. Do we distinguish between condoning and understanding? Anonymous
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Question No. 99
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I have had a series of vary scary nightmares and I was wondering if it might mean anything. Anonymous, Beitar
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Question No. 91
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What does the well known expression "Beis Medrash shel Maalah" refer to - is this just a figurative term for Olam Haba, or is there some sort of real beis medrash in Heaven with neshamas sitting and learning? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 80
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question It's a known thing that Hashem gives "nisyonos" (trials & tribulations) only to people who have the ability to cope with them , how can we see in the world people having tzoris (troubles) that are way beyond their emotional capability to cope with and then they get nerves break-down etc. does that mean they failed their test? Ashira Rabinowitz, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 79
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question We know the story of the Netziv, that he hosted a big party when he completed writing a sefer, because if he had become a blacksmith like his parents suggested, in Shamayim they would have asked him why he didn't become the great Torah sage that he was able to become and write the sefer that he did. Does this imply that any Jew who enters into a profession other than that of being a rav will be held accountable, since every single Jew, according to the Rambam (Hilchot Shmitah 13:13), can choose a Torah profession if he tries hard enough? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 69
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question In kabbala and in certain tyupes of chassidus, there is a lot written about the sitra achara (evil side) that gives power to all bad things committed. How is this different, from lehavdil, the Christian concept of "the Devil made me do it"? Moshe Peretz Mann, Yerushalayim, Ir HaKodesh
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Question No. 67
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question In this week's parsha, Lech Lecha, some questions came up for me that are really bothering me. I don't want to sound like an apikorus for asking them, but I need clarification. Avraham Avinu is known as Ish Chessed - the paradigm of caring and charity. We are to learn about the Chessed of Hashem through the Chessed of Avraham Avinu. So it seems strange to me that upon his descent to Mitzrayim, he would put Sarah in such a terrible position, and ultimately causing her to be in the postition to become violated by the gentiles. Even though it didn't happen in the end, Was Avraham allowed to rely on the miracle that Sarah would be safe? And how are we to understand his statement, "that it may go well with me." It seems to be pointing to greed, not chessed. Please, Rabbi, Clarify this for me! Thank you very much. Bill Franklin, New York
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Question No. 60
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Please can you explain to me why we the Jews are described as the chosen nation? Anonymous, London
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Question No. 54
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I was taught that G-d controlls everything in the world, and everything that He allows to happens is for the good. How can a person who believes this worship this G-d whose perception of good is the slaughter of six million people (the holocaust,crusades...)? Anonymous
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Question No. 50
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I heard the following question: The Dor Hamidbar, despite witnessing the Splitting of the Red Sea and Giving of the Torah, did not have emunah in Hashem when it came to the Spies, while many people alive today, having witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust, have actually strengthened their emunah. Doesn't this fact conflict with the concept of yeridas hadoros (generational decline), that our generation is "less spiritual" than previous generations? Moshe Peretz Mann, Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh
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Question No. 42
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I understand the concept on Torah Shebaal Peh.. how can there be 2 different opinions on a Halachic matter and both of them be 100% true? Is "Shivim Panim Latorah" the only way to explain? In addition? if someone wanted to chose a Rabbi to guide them with their Religious life, if every Rabbi though different, are all Emes, how come we can't pick and choose if it's all Emes? Thank you Rachel, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 37
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Why is it so important for people to have many children? I feel so pressured by my community to go on having more children (we have 4 already, Baruch Hashem), but I feel as though the more children we have, the less attention we are able to give each child, and it bothers me when I'm not able to give each of my chidren the attention they deserve. That's in addition to the financial strain it seems to cause, which causes stress and friction (in my house at least). Why is quantity stressed, sometimes at the cost of quality in child rearing in the Frum community? Tizke l'Mitzvos! Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 28
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question Part 1. Everyone is given their own test by Hashem. But why do some people seem to have tests which are impossible to pass. For example, why does Hashem create some people as homosexuals, and then say that such behavior is an abomination? Part 2. Someone I know who is homosexual was advised by his Rabbi to get married. What is your opinion on this?
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Question No. 27
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question Does the concept of Da'as Torah mean that we must accept any obscure political comment that every Gadol HaDor ever made as being Torah MiSinai? e.g. I heard that the Chazon Ish said that Abraham Lincoln was killed as a punishment for freeing the blacks. If I don't accept that comment, am I considered a heretic for denying Torah She'Baal Peh? Thank you. Moshe Peretz Mann, Jerusalem
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Question No. 7
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question I've heard it said (I think I read it in one of your divrei Torah) that when we go to the next world, we will be shown a "video" of everything we did and said in this world. What if we do tshuva? Will we still have to sit through such a horror movie? Mordechai Berkowitz, Ra'anana
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