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Question No. 2098
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Jan 2014
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I have noticed that some people pronounce the word "beitzah" in the Gemara as "bei-ah". Why do they do this? Is there anything wrong with pronouncing it with a tzadi, the way it is spelled? Thank you —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 2092
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Jan 2014
The Question Hi. Sometimes it's difficult to ask a gadol an important shailah. We feel fear and trepidation, and sometimes his answers aren't understood. If we have the strength to ask for clarification, sometimes that's not understood either, and we're afraid to ask more. Other times the gadol is silent, and we don't know if he's considering the shailah or waiting for us to leave. What do we make of all this? Do we need to have this fear, and is there a correct derech in asking a shailah, even a very specific one? Thanks. —Ross, brooklyn
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Question No. 2089
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 2 Jan 2014
The Question My dear Rabbi and former teacher, I would like to know if a person in a coma that suddenly got in danger of death (like with Ariel Sharon, a lot of people are asking me this) to do and pay to use any means and efforts to save his life that would return him to a coma at best, or to do the minimum, and wait the natural outcome? Bebirkat Hatorah. —Rabbi Ilan Guez, Ashdod
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Question No. 2075
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 18 Nov 2013
The Question Why doesn't Hashem protect children from pedophiles? Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 2066
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Aug 2013
The Question Can shedim mate with humans and have children? —Anonymous, Brazil
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Question No. 2060
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 14 Aug 2013
The Question The rabbi recently discussed the topic of shaidim/evil spirits. Can you explain in detail what their purpose in this world is? —Anonymous, Lakewood, NJ
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Question No. 2045
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 21 Apr 2013
The Question Kavod HaRav, Thank you for your time in answering our questions. I have a brother who has married out twice, first time ended in divorce a and now he has remarried again to a non jew. He lives in America so connection is limited to phone or skype, it is very important to my mother that we remain in contact, so i make an effort, In Kislev our daughter B"Hashem is having her BatMitzva and of course he will be invited, if he comes or not is another thing but should the wife be invited, how do we deal with something so unacceptable in the family so our children o not think we accept such a thing. Our family, stepparents, parents, brothers and sisters is not an easy family and shalom is not always easy, how does one go about keeping peace. —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 2020
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 Jan 2013
The Question Hi Rabbi, If a husband and wife shared a cab with 1 other person, how does payments work, ie: does the couple pay 2/3 of the price or is it split 50/50. Thank you. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 2017
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Jan 2013
The Question I am a bachur in yeshiva, and unfortunately I routinely masturbate. I have tried stopping, including going to seek help and many other things but I just can't. Is there any heter for this at all? Or am I sinning every time? —Anonymous
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Question No. 2014
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 14 Jan 2013
The Question In Bava Batra 16b (see Rashi) it says that Iyov was not responsible for speaking harshly towards G-d for putting him through such intense pain. Based on this, my questions are: Does this give a person the right lechatchila to curse out G-d (without using one of His Hebrew names), or at least speak harshly without cursing, whether in private or in front of someone else, if it is done as a therapeutic way to vent and heal in one's relationship with G-d? If cursing is not allowed lechatchila, then is it okay after the fact (I presume Iyov actually cursed G-d)? I myself have used this technique in private discussion with G-d and felt intense relief; I assume it had a long term therapeutic effect. —Eliyahu, New York
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Question No. 2011
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Jan 2013
The Question Kevod Harav, I have 2 sons, eldest is 20 and at 18 changed his name, now the next son who is 14 wants to do the same. We do not give our permission, he is in tipul, dealing with issues of life, emotional, and is doing ok but his name bothers him. He is not really keeping mitzvot, but we are showing love and care and acceptance. What is your opinion on allowing him to change his name? Thank you —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 2008
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Jan 2013
The Question Kavod HaRav, My mother and stepfather consider themselves religious of a sort. They want us to come for Shabbos with grandchildren. They have no idea of hekshers, dishes not toiveled, and does not know many halochos of Shabbos. I could look after heating up food on shabbos. Is it permissible to go for Shabbos? I have been before and I'm always nervous and don't enjoy Shabbos so we have not been in a long time, but she is pushing for us to come. What is the halocha regarding Kibud Aim. They also would not always be honest if questions are asked. Kind Regards. —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 1986
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 Mar 2012
The Question If an adopted child has a Brit Ger as a baby by an Orthodox Rabbi and Mohel, does he have to have blood drawn at the time of his Bar Mitzvah? —Anonymous, Silver Spring Maryland
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Question No. 1984
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Mar 2012
The Question Is not doing a mitzva an avera? Can others such as a child or others in this world be punished for a person not doing certain mitzvas? —Anonymous, Valley Village, CA USA
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Question No. 1976
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 26 Mar 2012
The Question In Question #1957 R' Leff suggested reading a book entitled "The Soul of the Matter" by Gershon Winkler. From limited research it seems he is affiliated with a very non-mainstream form of Judaism. "In 1997, he founded the Walkingstick Foundation a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery and preservation of indigenous Jewish spirituality" http://walkingstick.org/about.html In general is it appropriate to read books published by such individuals on religious topics? Anonymous, Far Rockaway, NY
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Question No. 1970
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 21 Mar 2012
The Question Rav Leff it is stated that when Adam and Chava saw that they were naked they made for themself aprons I have heard that this is a reference to a Tallit Katan that was made is there a Tactate in the Talmud in reference this —shlomo, cleveland ohio
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Question No. 1964
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 13 Feb 2012
The Question In a case where a parent remarries after a child is already grown up, what should the child call the step-parent? If the child does not consider the step-parent to be an actual parent, and does not feel that the parent is a mother or father to them, what title should be used? Is there any Halachik justification to call them by their first name? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1949
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 26 Jan 2012
The Question my wife who has the machala was recently prescribed medical marijuana which, she says, gets her as high as the non-medical variety did. I have two questions; 1. How would her using it go along with what you said in your shiur on "Smoking Marijuana, Nargilas, etc." and 2. They sell the stuff in different ways - 1. the plant buds themselves or in cigarettes or as oil which has been suffused with the plant buds. Does smoking it require that we ma'aser the plants? If she wants to use the oil which is taken orally, does it need to be maasered? Does the oil need a hechsher? How would I know if it is Kosher and if it's already maasered? Thank you. —Anonymous
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Question No. 1940
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Nov 2011
The Question A Christian is asked to accept Christ as savior for salvation with the promise of heaven.How does a Jew earn a place in heaven ? —Richard, Goldsboro,NC
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Question No. 1936
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 1 Nov 2011
The Question I am a true maamin in olam haba, however, I choose to not think about it since certain things about it scare me. Every time it bothers me, I know that I'm not really scared and it will be amazing, but I don't like to think about it now, with my trivial olam hazeh mind. Is it okay for me to never want to discuss it or think about it (given that I live a life filled with torah and mitzvos)? Thank you —Anonymous, Woodmere, New York
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