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Question No. 947
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 6 Aug 2005
The Question I am significantly younger than my husband who is 47 and am debating if to have another child. Is there an age limit recommendation for men to have children? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 941
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question My mother converted when I was 3 years old so I was not born Jewish, therefore I converted too. I recently met a man who is a Kohein and I was wondering what the Halachos are regarding a Kohein and a Ger, whether we can date.Thank you for your help. We are both Orthodox and do not want to do anything against Halacha. —Anonymous, london
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Question No. 920
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 29 Jul 2005
The Question What is so terrible about a married man having relations with an unmarried woman when all of our forefathers had concubines and other women whom they had relations with besides for their wife without being married to them? Is it also true that the ban that was made on not having multiple wifes had a certain timeframe? Thanks for the great website. —Yehoshua, NY
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Question No. 902
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 20 Jul 2005
The Question A friend of mine would like to date a cohen, but she was raped when she was inn her teens by a man who was never caught. As it happened in the US it would be statistically probable that the man was a non Jew. Thje question is whether either one of the two following factors might be mitigating and allow her to marry a cohen: a) they don't really know if the man was Jewish or not b)a condom was used. I am very sorry to pose such blunt questions, but wasn't sure where else to turn. Thanks very much —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 891
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 12 Jul 2005
The Question I was wondering if Jewish law allows for remarriage of two people who have undergone a Jewish divorce. Are there any stipulations about this? if so what are they. Thank You! —Anonymous
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Question No. 881
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 11 Jul 2005
The Question I've been married for eight years to a wonderful Jewish woman who keeps Shabbos, nidda and kasrus. A few years ago I went on a Chassidic path and she has been very loving a tolorent of my derech. She could be viewed as modern orthodox. I am finding it hard that she does not cover her hair, although when she is in shule or amongst other Jews she will wear a hat. She also wears pants. We live in a small Jewish community (30 families Shomer Shabbos). I keep davening to Hashem to open her heart to desire to keep halocha properly. What do I do, do I say at some point I need to leave her? Additionally I have wanted for many years to move to eretz Yisroel, and she won't unless we have lots of financial resources. I am aware of what the Zohar says regarding the imortance of women covering all their hair even at home and in privite so that the beams of the house should not see a woman's hair. —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 841
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 8 Jun 2005
The Question Let's say that I am engaged to a baalat teshuvah who is friends with a man that she previously had a romantic relationship of the secular variety (you know what that means today) with. Is it proper for them even to be in casual contact once in a while to catch up? Should I be concerned? Thank you, and Yasher Koach for having such a great resource available —Anonymous, America
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Question No. 826
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 4 Jun 2005
The Question Is it correct that if a woman has had sexual relations with a man, she is forbidden to marry a cohain? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 819
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 15 May 2005
The Question Lichvod HaRav. I have a two-part question regarding pregnancy and birth. Firstly, My wife and I needed to find out whether we are having a boy or a girl since, if necessary, our Mohel will be coming from the states (a family member). What is the issue regarding not revealing the gender to others? Is it Halacha, Minhag, or just a common practice? I also wanted to know what is the current day practice in regard to Niddah after the birth. I know that halacha stipulates for 7/14 days of niddah and 33/66 days of taharah but since we don't practice Dam Taharah nowadays is it just a regular niddah period or are there special Halachot involved? Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 740
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 26 Mar 2005
The Question How much affection for a spouse is permitted in public? than you. —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 714
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 6 Mar 2005
The Question I have a friend who is not the least bit religous but his job requires him to appear that way. He was asked to be a witness at someones wedding Because they all assumed he was religous. Is the marriage valid? Do I have an obligation to tell anyone? —Anonymous, new york, USA
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Question No. 696
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 4 Feb 2005
The Question L'chvod Harav Leff; I've been attending many weddings Boruch Hashem, now that many of my friends are getting married. I know that during the chuppah is a really good time to daven. I was wondering which perakim of Tehillim should ideally be said. Thanks so much! —Anonymous, Passaic, New Jersey
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Question No. 684
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 27 Jan 2005
The Question I am having a wedding in Israel and may not stay there for sheva brachot. Is this a problem? Do we have to be present or can friends/family have it in our name. Is sheva brachot halachah or custom ? —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 682
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 26 Jan 2005
The Question A jewish 13 year old boy is in a goyish camp where one day during the summer they conduct "joke weddings." 3 years later he wonders if any of the girls he had a joke marriage with were Jewish. What's the halacha considering that he didn't hire any witnesses, he didn't know the halacha about kiddushin, and everybody in the camp knew it was the camp day for "mock" weddings? —Anonymous, Miami
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Question No. 642
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 31 Dec 2004
The Question Does the rav hold on the legality of a Conservative marriage that occurred many years ago, even if the Eidim claimed to be Shomer Shabbat (how carefully must this be checked and by whom, again retroactively). I have been married for 15 years with what was supposed to have been kosher eidim and ketubah but it was officiated by a conservative rabbi who we asked to keep the wedding according to Halacha. My question is; what are the implications for my children or anything else in my life, considering my parents were certainly not married by halachic marriage whatsoever. I know that there are many Israelis who are forgoing marriage completely since they see no purpose in it. Perhaps you can let us know if there is meaning or necessity in re-marrying and how do you hold on marriages which were not according to Halacha and the family later becomes more observant. I am sure this issue comes up a lot these days as people are coming back to the ways of Torah. Thank you for this website and Thank you for welcoming me into your community. —Joey Bernstein, Hashmonaim
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Question No. 637
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 30 Dec 2004
The Question What is your belief that Jesus was married, possibly to Mary Magdalene? In study I have found that Jewish fathers had to 1) circumsise boy child 2) dedicate to the temple at age 12 3) teach/train a trade/vocation 4) find a spouse for son. If this is so it would seem that Jesus would have had to be married and if not, would have gone against jewish custom. If that is true, would he have been a credible religious leader? —Mike Hembree, Tyler, Texas
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Question No. 623
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 17 Dec 2004
The Question Lichvod Harav Leff, shlita I would like to ask a very sensitive and somwhat hard question to ask. I am a girl in my upper teens, who b'h had a torah education and went to a prominent seminary. ( Just background for the Rav to be able to answer appropriately) While I was in seminary, a friendship developed between myself and another girl, where she was very emotionaly dependant on me and needed alot of affection. I, being a naturally warm person was exactly what she was looking for. The frindship developed in a suprisingly "normal" way without me realizing at the time that there could in fact be something wrong with it. Now, looking back, and after seeing a question posed by another girl somewhere else concerning a relationship of hers possibly falling under the "toevos" category of issur min ha Torah, I began to worry that perhaps I too may have inadvertantly been 'over' this issur. I tremble at the thought! I will describe what made me concerned, and perhaps the Rav could answer me. The physical interaction involved, hugs,and facial kisses(regular). But what really made me nervous was that once, she commented that "I feel towards you like a husband" which really made me scared. Now we have parted ways- She left the country, so there is no issue- but I want to know if it was possible that I violated the issur of being married to the same gender- without knowing it? I ask you becauseI -honestly, B"H- don't know what actions such a relationship would entail- and I' do not want to know from the secular viewpoint, rather what is kneged halacha. Thank you. P.S. I am not looking for parameters of what is aveira and to what extent it is mutar for future reference- I am no longer involved and will Beezras Hashem never be again, now that I have seen the situation form an objective point of veiw, rather I'm looking to see if and how I can do Teshuva if there was a violation involved. Thank you for being available in this kind of forum! u &
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Question No. 612
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 7 Dec 2004
The Question One of my students is married to a Catholic, and got married to him contingent on her promise to raise their children Catholic. After several weeks of attending shiurim she has said that she now wants to raise the children Jewish and break her promise. However, she is clearly in love with her husband and a divorce is not likely in the near future (and I will not be living here in a year from now). Obviously, her promise has no halachic validity - but does the rav have an aitza of how I can advise her? Thank you. —Anonymous
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Question No. 580
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Is there an inyan about marrying a girl who has the same name as your mother (ex. Chaya Gittel and you're going out with Chaya) is there a problem with this? —Anonymous
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Question No. 545
Category Marriage Law/Philosophy
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question Is there a heter to lie about your age if you think it will help your shidduch chances? Naomi, Jerusalem
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