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Question No. 900
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 19 Jul 2005
The Question Why is it that people always refer to the Rambam's 13 Principles as being an absolute, and one of the tenents of Judaism? And if someone doesn't accept them, he is looked upon as being outside Orthodoxy. Aren't there other Rishonim who disagreed with the Rambam, such as the Ramban, Rav Albo and others? Thank you, Talmid of Rav Silverman —Ari, Staten Island, NY
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Question No. 897
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 17 Jul 2005
The Question How is a 19 yr old supposed to know "what she wants" in shidduchim. With parents, teachers, and friends all giving advice-pressure from all sides. How do you know what's best and what Hashem really wants for you and not just for what "looks good ". —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 894
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 14 Jul 2005
The Question It is said 'ein kategor naasa sanegor', a prosecutor does not become a defender. When a person does Teshuva, his aveiros become mitzvos. How can a 'prosecuting' maalach created from an averia turn into a 'defending' maalach after teshuva? —Dovid, Queens, NY
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Question No. 885
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 11 Jul 2005
The Question Why is common practice to speak to a prominent rabbi or Torah scholar in the third person, given that we regularly address Hashem in the second person, i.e., "you" in every bracha, throughout tefillah, etc.? Why isn't it a problem that we seem to be showing greater respect to men who represent Torah than to Hashem Himself, who is Torah? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 865
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 Jul 2005
The Question To what extent do we believe Hashem intervenes in everyday events and how does that impact on Bechira? Of course Hashem is manhig the world but does that mean He intervenes in every action in nature, however small, or has Hashem created the world according to certain laws (which we refer to as nature) and intervenes only when and as He desires? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 853
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 Jul 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff shlita, I have often learned that death was not intended for this world, but was a consequence of the sin of Adam and Chava. How could it not have been intended if the acts and consequences are detailed in the Torah, and the Torah is the blueprint for the world and existed before creation? Thanks very much. —Anonymous, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 852
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Jul 2005
The Question Hello Rabbi, I was just wondering what your thoughts are about the Berg family and their books about Kabbalah. A friend let me borrow two of their books, "The Way" by Michael Berg and "The 72 Names of G-D" by Yehuda Berg and right away I was a little skeptical because on the cover of "The Way" they quote Madonna (a non-jewish pop singer) and how she has used these books in her quest to learn more about kabbalah. With quotes like "Kabbalah is about 'Light' not religion", I really didn't want to even read it before I got an opinion from a Rabbi on them. My friend said that even though he questioned their means of publicizing, their ideas are still accurate. Is it wrong to read these books? —Anonymous, CT
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Question No. 848
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 9 Jun 2005
The Question Why does lighting candles elevate a neshoma? Also, at a place I learn in the mornings they post a sheet as to who sponsored the day's learning (usually it just contains an illuy nishmas). My chavrusa concentrates on the name and I am wondering if there is a point in me doing the same. Wouldn't the soul be elvated regardless of whether I say or concentrate on the illuy nishmas? Is it maybe a matter of hakoras hatov since it is due to the person who sponsored the learning that I can sit and learn in the comforts of that Beis Hamedrash? Thank you - I really appreciate being able to have my questions answerd here. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 842
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 8 Jun 2005
The Question Kavod HaRav, In the Rav's comments regarding the nazir (on aish.com), the Rav says that hair is symbolic of man's physical connection to the spiritual world. I'm not familiar with this. Can the Rav please elaborate on this subject? Also, if this is only for the hair on the head, what does the beard symbolize? —Rav David Bendory, Livingston, NJ
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Question No. 808
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 8 May 2005
The Question If HaRav Kook zt"l was acknowledged as a Torah giant and a Torah genius, why is it that many people see that his followers (not the ones who claim to follow him and put land before Torah etc)are following a "krum" path and I have even heard that Mizrachi/ Da'ati is considered Avodah Zorah in some circles. A Torah giant would not create a derech that is not in accordance to the Torah, as I have seen that he brings sources for what he says and backs up his hashkafa. So why is there so much of an unacceptance? Thank You. Anonymous, London
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Question No. 799
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 4 May 2005
The Question How can we be judged for anything in Shamayim if "lo b'shamayim hi". Any actions we do are this world actions and subject to Torah in this world. —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 798
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 3 May 2005
The Question I am trying to become more observant, working slowly to climb up the ladder to being a full-fledged Torah Jew. That being said, I am in need of some help; what route is the best to take when returning to the fold, and also, what books, if any, are good for strengthening my emuna and putting on the path home? —Anonymous, Chicago
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Question No. 789
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 May 2005
The Question I was deeply inspired by this morning's learning from masachta Shabbos 28B about the Tachash, a Unicorn Chaiah/Behema who became extinct after the days of Moshe Rabenu O"H. To me, the discussion of animals created for thier earthly purpose and then dying off, as well as the discussion of a 20 year old Adam, being Makriv with a 3 year old Shor-Par, even though they were both created on the same day. These look like indisputable proof, as you put it, that the universe was created in the first 6 days having all the characteristics of thier 'apparent' ages (i.e. 17.5 billion year old universe, 3 billion year old earth, dinosaurs, etc). With one simple and powerful G'mara like this, how is it possible that people can believe in evolution, big-bang, and all that other nonsense? —Joey Bernstein, Hashmonaim
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Question No. 779
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 27 Apr 2005
The Question If one is diagnosed with a minor case of Attention Deficit Disorder, should he take the prescribed ritalin which could possibly used as a crutch or make an attepmt to overcome the disorder with hard effort and tephila —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 776
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 25 Apr 2005
The Question Does a Jew need to define themself within a particular hashkafa eg charedi, dati leumi? what is wrong with being a Jew without belonging to a specific group i.e if one agrees with some aspects from all the groups? Anonymous, Manchester, England
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Question No. 774
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 21 Apr 2005
The Question Why do we keep kosher? —Anonymous, E. Windsor
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Question No. 773
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 21 Apr 2005
The Question Prove the existence of G-d? —Elliot, E. windsor, NJ
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Question No. 763
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 14 Apr 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi .. being interested in comparative Theology, I would like to know what is the jewish philosophical view of the following three historical figures (1) Jesus Christ.(2) John the Baptist., and (3) Mohammed, the prophet of Islam. Thank you for Your valuable time —E.M.A., USA
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Question No. 745
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 31 Mar 2005
The Question Thanks so much to the Rav for adressing my question about Kashe le Shichecha. I was more wondering though about those spiritual ideas which are behind this concept. How do these things cause one to forget his Torah learning? Thanks again. —Eli Bloch, Israel
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Question No. 712
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 3 Mar 2005
The Question Rabbi, How does someone answer a fellow Jew when they ask you these type of questions: Why should I be religous?, We are all Jews, HaShem loves us all, so are you better for being observant?...and other questions like that. —Anonymous, USA
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