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Question No. 1934
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Oct 2011
The Question Our child was expelled from post HS frum institution in Israel after 2 weeks (about 3% of year). The violation was talking to the other gender. Violation may have not been explicit in the signed agreement. As crisis was dealt with, child was able to transfer to another place that was willing to give child 2nd chance. Then 1st place demanded full payment for year. 25% had been paid in. After new place's tuition, we have no ability to pay the old place. We feel robbed but feelings can be wrong. What is right or should be done? Kavode Harav- thank you —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1909
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Aug 2011
The Question Does a person have to daven in the same pronoumciation as his background such as sephardic or ashkenezic —Anonymous, Manchester uk
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Question No. 1900
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 21 Jul 2011
The Question A legend tells that James IV of Scotland (1488-1513) wanted to know what the first language ever was. To find it, he ordered to isolate two newborns in one wing of his palace, and prevent them from any contact with talking people. A nanny was provided to take care of all their needs and treated them devotedly, but never talked to them not even one word. After a while, so the king told, the two children began to talk very good Hebrew. Is there a traditional Jewish source for this "legend"? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1875
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Jun 2011
The Question I am holding a deposit from a sublet. While I was gone I asked the subtenant to keep an eye out for a letter regarding a financial issue I was contesting. He agreed to let me know when the letter arrived. He did not check the mail for a week or two. As a result I missed an important deadline to file an appeal. I found out when I followed up on the issue myself by phone. As a result I lost a $55.00 fee which I had had to put on deposit. My question is this: Is it proper for me to cover this loss by deducting it from his deposit in whole or in part? —Anonymous, Los Angeles
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Question No. 1871
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Jun 2011
The Question My sister in law asked me to sell my house and when I suggested a 4-6 % commission, she told me she wants 10%. She is the Jewish one and I am not. Is that according to Jewish laws/morals? I am married to her brother. I am very offended by her offer and don't know how to handle this. —Anonymous, Vista, Ca
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Question No. 1860
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Mar 2011
The Question My aunt was niftar and never had children. We have $500 to spend l'ilui nishmasa and were thinking about giving it to a gemach, so that she would have a portion in any subsequent loan given out. How much has to be given in order to have a share in every loan? Also, is it better to give it to a big gemach which helps more people but already has a lot of money, or to a small gemach where it would have more of an impact but reach less people? Based on the mishna in makkos 5b that a third witness gets the exact same punishment(or reward) because he joined in, even though he didn't accomplish anything, maybe we should give one dollar to 500 gemachim? Or if the Rav thinks there would be a better way to use the money please let me know. Thank you —Anonymous, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1834
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Jan 2011
The Question My only real guidance in perfroming certain Mitzvos was during a Chasson Shmuze before I was married. Now many years later I still want to follow that guidance but find that by the time of the actual Biah, the aver is no longer strong enough. I just don't know what to do at that point. Am I allowed to be Motzei Zera in another way? Are frum couples in this situation being advised to use Viagra? Thank you —Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 1817
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 17 Dec 2010
The Question I have been a baal tshuva for many years, and I only have one brother who has intermarried and has not spoken to me for years. My father also remarried a non-Jew, and my mother lives alone, both far from a Jewish community. Recently my mother, who is near 70, had a serious medical issue from which she has recovered. However it made me realize that when my parents pass on, I have no idea how to procede regarding their funeral arrangements and burial. Should I make sure ahead of time that they want a Jewish burial and have them sign something to this effect? Whom should I contact when the time comes? Any general ideas of my responsibilities would be helpful. Thank you. —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1816
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Dec 2010
The Question Dear Rav Leff, Firstly, thanks so much for your incredible divrei Torah on the Parsha that I get every week. I was in a brilliant shiur of yours at Ohr (Center) on Vayechi and you mentioned that the brocha that Yaakov gave his sons was to use their potential and focus on what they can do and not what they aren't good at. BH I have many talents both in chinuch, business and community projects but I find sitting and learning very difficult and I don't think it's one of my koichos. I'd greatly appreciate your eitzah on: what you would advise me to do...? should I be learning full day (My Gemorah is still not where it should be)? Should I rather learn Halocha which I enjoy more? Looking forward to hearing from you —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1802
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Nov 2010
The Question Under what circumstances does the Torah use the word Toayva? Why are certain aveiras called that, while others are just forbidden? Does something being labelled toayva have any halachic restrictions? Thank you very very much for this insightful and important resource that I have learnt so much from. —Jonny, London
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Question No. 1778
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Sep 2010
The Question Lich’vod HaRav, My question is in regard to financial obligation. Both my husband and I attended secular universities. During that time, we started becoming more religious, were married and made aliyah to Israel. Due to our move over and our changes of path in life, we have been unable to make a sufficient amount of money to pay off our heavy college debts. (Mainly due to the fact I am raising our young children and my husband is pursuing Torah learning and other skill sets since working in his degree field is not the most Torah positive environment). So with our financial pressures here and abroad, what should our approach be to paying back these college loans? How much should we give up in order to pay them? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1770
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 Aug 2010
The Question I was raised in a community with many "liberal" people. When I was younger, this caused me to be very suspicious of anything that sounded liberal. Because of this, and my own ignorance, I often had unfair negativity towards Gedolim of the past because I misunderstood what they said and didn’t know who they were. Usually I only thought it. But once I heard that one of two Rishonim said that a certain event in the Torah was a dream. I naively assumed this was from some wrong hashkafa, and when my father asked a question about what one of those two Rabbis said (I didn't know if it was the same one who made the initial statement) I sarcastically said that maybe it was a dream. How do i do teshuvah for this? —Yonatan, USA
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Question No. 1760
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Jul 2010
The Question In circumstances where my wife and I go to a Jewish non-religious wedding where there is immodest dress and mixed dancing, would it be permitted to attend or to stay in the hall during the mixed dancing even though we would not participate? Furthermore at “Modern Orthodox” weddings, where there is a simple mechitzah open on all sides and the men and women can see each other dancing, would either my wife or I be allowed to stay in the hall during the dancing or even participate in the dancing? What would be the preferred conduct in those two situations? Thank you —Anonymous, Montreal, Canada
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Question No. 1740
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 12 Jun 2010
The Question There are my wife, myself and a female guest sitting down to Shabbos dinner. Who should my wife serve first me or the guest? —Raphael, New York City
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Question No. 1738
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Jun 2010
The Question As a Baal Teshuvah who's family isn't frum I don't really know to whom I can ask this embarrassing question. What is the avera of Zera Li'Vatala specifically and its punishment and teshuvah for it? Is there as difference if it happens at night or on purpose? if at night it is accompanied by a dream, does it matter whether the dream is pleasurable or not? and lastly even if it's not an avera at nigh does one still suffer some amount of spiritual damage? if so is there anything that one can do to fix it? If the Rav feels it inappropriate to answer the question would the Rav please point some out some sforim so that I could look it up. Thank You very much —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1731
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Jun 2010
The Question When I was working on shmiras HaBris when I was 16, I said either “If I should ever do the sin G-d should not give me children” or “I swear that if I should do this again …” or I swear I wont, and if I do then…”. (I don’t remember the exact terminology). I didn’t know how strong the yetzer hara was, and what type of fight I was in for. I have sinned many times since then, and still struggle. Will I have children? Do I have to be matir the neder in front of people? (does the erev rosh hashana one work?) What do I do? —Anonymous, yerushalayim
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Question No. 1716
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Feb 2010
The Question How can we define murder? —Anonymous, US
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Question No. 1699
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Sep 2009
The Question Dear Rabbi, I am a drug counselor. i often come across questions from my clients, that "if drugs are bad why did god create them" and "I am using drugs to connect myself to god and to feel spiritual". I don't have a good answer for them. How would the rav answer these statements. —Anonymous, far rockaway, new york
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Question No. 1697
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Sep 2009
The Question Kvod Ha'Rav, I am torn about which shul to daven at. We've recently moved and while there are many shuls in our new area, none are ideal. There is a local kolel, but it does not have services consistently and on key times such as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, so we had to find an alternative at least for some occasions. We have finally found another shul that we like. It has an appropriate community, nice sanctuary, and is in a reasonable walking distance, Ashkenazi, etc. The catch is they are "liberal" orthodox. Women receive 3/7 aliyot once a month and a woman reads the Haftorah that week as well. Can I daven in this shul? In all other ways it seems "normal" and really seems to be the ideal option. Thank you. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1696
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 26 Sep 2009
The Question We are planning a memorial service for Deceased patients of a Jewish Hospice. The name of the deceased patient will appear in the memorial printed material. It is our understanding that when the name of a deceased person is printed, it should include a jewish symbol recognizing that they are deceased. Unfortunately, we can not find any specificity as to the appropriate symbol to use and we would like to assure that we are conveying the appropriate respect. Could you please provide any information on this subject, including the name of the symbol so that we may locate and reproduce it in the memorial material? —Michael Kellough, Pittsburgh, PA
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