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Question No. 1694
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 24 Sep 2009
The Question I have developed diabetes, now comes yom kippur, what do I do? I have not dissobeyed this mitzaht, I am afraid to! Rabbi, were I live there are no rabbies, you are the one I must go to. how shall I keep yom kippur, what shall I do. Shalom —Yaakov Ben Eliyahu, Cherokee Village, AR.
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Question No. 1689
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Sep 2009
The Question Tzadi Hassadik. What influence does this name have on a person? —joseph salaman, San Adres Island Colombia
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Question No. 1678
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Jul 2009
The Question Dear Rabbi, I have heard that referring to G-d as masculine is because masculine implies 'giving of potential' and feminine implies 'receiving of potential' - and since G-d can only give and not take, we refer to G-d as 'He'. Is this true? Also, if this is true, then how can the Divine Presence (Shechina) be feminine? Surely that implies that G-d is taking something from us?! Thank you for reading my question. —Elliot, UK
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Question No. 1677
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Jul 2009
The Question I have heard that G-d is in the physical realm if we bring Him into it. Is this true? Also, how is G-d brought into the spiritual realm? —Elliot, UK
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Question No. 1670
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 Jun 2009
The Question Rabbi Leff, thank you for taking the time to answer my last question. My question now is why do some people pronounced the cholam as "oy" and some as "o". For example "tOYrah" vs. "tOrah"? —Anonymous, canada
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Question No. 1661
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 May 2009
The Question Rav Leff, I would like to thank the Rav for his time. I am a Gioress living a beautiful jewish life. My husband is in Kollel and we are a "typical" yeshivish couple. We love it! My entire family convertered when i was younger. I feel like my whole family fell apart since we converted. My parents divorced & my siblings are all struggling badly with life and the Jewish world and the problems they see. 2 are religious 1 has gone back. Why does HaShem have gerim? Many people look down on them and dont want to marry them. We as gerim always felt different and didnt fit in. We did this all for Hashem! What is there status? Once they convert are they always Jewish? I wanna be positive about the siuation but its been difficult. V'ahavta es HaGer?!? —Bas Sarah Imeinu, Israel
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Question No. 1660
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 17 May 2009
The Question Dear Rabbi Scientists have evidence of dinasoars living at least a million years ago but we say the world is 5769 years old.How can one explain this discrepancy regards —Anonymous, South africa
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Question No. 1647
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Apr 2009
The Question Not really a question. Following up to the question about sleeping on your side. "Anonymous" was probably refering to Kitzur S'A, Siman 71 Halacha 5, " And it is good to lay in the begining of his sleep on the left side, and in the end on the right, and it is good for health of the body.. " Yashar Koach . —Yisrael Dov, Rechovos
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Question No. 1643
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Apr 2009
The Question I am a baal tshuva for may years, and on my father's side of the family, I only know the name of my gr. gr. grandfather from Galicia who did not come to America. His son, my gr. grandfather, came to America early and was not raised by his father, therefore, nobody in my family has any genealogical information going backwards. I have absolutely no other frum relatives (other than my wife.) How hard should I work to find out about my ancestors and their customs? It would entail extensive research through census reports and ship manifests, perhaps, which soulds like fun in a way, but is it really necessary? I don't plan on taking on Chassidish minhagim since I was "raised" by a very litvish BT yeshiva. Or is it good to know? Thanks! —Anonymous, brooklyn
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Question No. 1641
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 Mar 2009
The Question Dear Rabbi; I'm having a hard time with the halacha that one must sleep only on one's side. I am much more comfortable sleeping on my stomache, and sometimes my back, always have. How can I all of a sudden switch to sleeping on my side? And what is the reason for this halacha? And even if I try to go to sleep on my side, which I have, and find it difficult (I have backaches), how can I choose to do so when I am asleep? Also, I just recently found out that one must go to sleep on one's left side and wake up on the right (or vice versa - I forgot which). That makes things even more difficult. How on earth can one choose on what side he's going to wake up? Thank you. —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1635
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Mar 2009
The Question Sometimes one tries to give honor to a rav or Rosh Hayeshiva by opening the door for him or helping him with his coat,or maybe even giving up a seat for him on a bus. But sometimes a rav doesn't like this, and he will insist on not letting others open a door or give up a seat by either expressing disappoval, or by waiting at the door until the other enters first. What happens the next time you see this rav? Does one let the rav open the door himself, and also not bother to offer his seat, or does one keep trying despite this rav's annoyance, because it's an obligation to honor rabbeim? Thanks for direction. —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1611
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Feb 2009
The Question The Rav spoke about the issue of using someone elses wireless internet. The Rav did not speak about the possible problem of stealing from the Internet Service Provider. What would be the Halacha regarding that? Thanks. —Sruly, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1610
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Feb 2009
The Question Why is so much emphasis put on learning Gemara and why is so much emphasis put on learning in Hebrew/Aramaic? Mastering halacha and hashkafa in English and putting it into practice requires very hard work, so I would also call that ameilus. My point is that if our goal in life is to get close to G-d, and one gets close to G-d through knowing Jewish philosophy and halacha, and putting all that knowledge into practice, it seems like all the time and energy put towards building Hebrew and Gemara skills and learning non-practical topics should be pushed off until one has first mastered the practical topics and has applied them to his life? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1604
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 3 Feb 2009
The Question Why did Hashem create so many kinds of insects? —Gabi, Matityahu
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Question No. 1573
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Dec 2008
The Question While preparing for a class I came across a statement from Chazal(Bava Metzia) that "three kinds of sinners descend to gehinnom and never emerge: one who has relations with an aishes eesh, one who shames another in public, and one who refers to another by a nickname, even if the person named does not mind,isn't embarassed by it. Regarding the second one, although I am careful, certainly I embarass people accidentally. Regarding the third, what is meant here by a nickname? (ex. a person named Avraham being called Avi?) The prospect of not emerging from gehinnom is very distressing! Please clarify. Thank you! —Anonymous, North Miami Beach
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Question No. 1553
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 25 Nov 2008
The Question I'm from Pakistan. From my childhood I learned we are Jews. My DNA result shows that my mother and father are Ashkenazi Levi. Are we really Jews? —Shahadat Saddique, Imus, Cavite, Philippines
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Question No. 1544
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Nov 2008
The Question First I'm Jewish, but I do not go to temple. Do our pets go to heaven when they die? —Lawrence Belcher, St. Clair Shores
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Question No. 1534
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 3 Nov 2008
The Question B'Kavod Ha'Rav One who has constant machshovas Ra'os, how can he get rid of them? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1510
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Aug 2008
The Question Many times I will do something as it is a nice thing to do and might do it regularly. I would always asume I could change my mind but do it because it is a mitzva-so why does Judaism obligate me by a neder to continue? This penalization is a total disincentive to doing anything beyond the letter of the law, as I will inevitably forget to say those magic words "bli neder" before I start so I end up running around finding people to mevatel a neder which would have never been intended. Can a person just rely on kol nidrei for things like this as it is incredibly aggravating. I would like to do things beyond the letter of the law, but where is the incentive if I keep forgetting to say "bli neder"? —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1504
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 1 Jul 2008
The Question Why are there seven aliyahs on Shabbos? How did it come to be seven and not another number? Why three aliyahs on Monday and Thursday and not another number? —Lee, Manila Philippines
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