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Question No. 1503
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 1 Jul 2008
The Question What is the source for the custom that some have, in which the chosson wears a raincoat (on top of his kittel) when he is under the chupa? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1502
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 Jun 2008
The Question I have heard that the Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin. Is there a source for this? If so, how can this be understood? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1494
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Jun 2008
The Question Why do some people not say Jesus's name? I've heard big Rabbis say it, but lay people often call him by other nicknames. Why is it such an issue? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1481
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 17 May 2008
The Question Hello. I am a junior in high school and lately I have noticed the frequent use of the word "Jew" in a derogatory manner. For example, "don't be such a Jew." It upsets me immensley to hear my religion being equated to inferiority. I was wondering how I should react to such comments; what should I say or do? I feel it is my responsiblity as a Jew to do something, but I don't know how to approach the situation. Thank you in advance for your help. —Anonymous, Vancouver, Canada
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Question No. 1475
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 12 May 2008
The Question Lichvod Harav. Regarding the answer you gave to the anonymous resident of Petah Tikvah regarding the size of the population of Eretz Israel before Horban Bayit Sheni, can the same be said regading the 24,000 students of Rebi Akiva? —Sam, Gibraltar
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Question No. 1444
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Dec 2007
The Question I live in a city with two main Orthodox shuls. One shul has over 250 families, the other about 50 families. It is well known in the community that each of the two rabbis do not get along especially on halachic matters, e.g. eruv, kashrus, mikveh. Is there a well respected Rav who can work with them to bring some semblance of "achdus". —Anonymous, Cherry Hill, NJ
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Question No. 1435
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 17 Dec 2007
The Question Kavod Ha Rav. How do segulos work? If HaShem wants something to happen to a person, surely it will happen irrespective of whether or not they did the segula. I can see that davening is different, as there is some effort put in by the person which could effect change, but no effort goes into segulos. Thank you for your time! —Rachel, England
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Question No. 1434
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Dec 2007
The Question As a follow up to question 1418: May a male see a female doctor if he feels more comfortable with such a doctor? Thank you. —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Question No. 1426
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Dec 2007
The Question What should be the Jewish outlook and/or response to the overwhelming scientific evidence that there is human-caused global warming, and that this is a bad thing? On the one hand, no matter how convincing the science is, science is never emes and what is true today can be proven false tomorrow. On the other hand, if today's science is saying that certain human activities are harming the earth, surely we must do what we can to protect Hashem's beautiful world? Could you please clarify? Thank you for the great site! —Anonymous, ny, ny usa
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Question No. 1418
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Oct 2007
The Question Kavod Harav, My question relates to patients and doctors of the opposite gender. What's the heter for women to see male doctors given that there are so many female doctors today? Many women are careful, for example, not to go to male barbers yet go to male gynecologists even though there are many women in the field. On the flip side, since there is no shortage of non Jewish doctors, what's the heter for men to be doctors and put themselves into a position where they will certainly view ervah? —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1399
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 21 Aug 2007
The Question Why does the Mishna say that the 'Mother' of the Kohen Gadol feeds the people in the Ir Miklat. Why not his wife and family? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1380
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Jul 2007
The Question Why is the Jewish month of Tammuz named after a pagan god? —Anonymous, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1371
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Jul 2007
The Question Dear Rabbi, Recently, discussing with a close friend, the period immediately preceeding the hurban Bayit Sheini, a question of the size of the population in Eretz Yisrael arose. My friend mentioned that sources from Chazal hold that perhaps as many as 100 million people lived here. I find this number problematic. —Anonymous, Petah Tikva, Israel
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Question No. 1367
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Jul 2007
The Question Hi. I am a non-Jew learning to chant Hebrew online by myself. I'm looking for the transliteration of P'sikey D'zimra, weekday davening. I can read Hebrew, but not fast enough to recite to speed. Once I have learned the transliteration, that will help me with the Hebrew. I hope you can point me in the right direction. G-d bless. Thanks. —Anonymous
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Question No. 1352
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Jun 2007
The Question Dear Rabbi, I am 20 years old and have gone from being totally secular to a level where I am now taking a year to go to Yeshiva. My great grandmother had an orthodox conversion although there is no evidence of who converted her, only a ketuba. I have been informed that I have to convert for the sake of a doubt. When I get married will it say I am a convert on my ketuba? How should I view my status before I go to mikva in a month or so? Thankyou —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 1350
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Jun 2007
The Question Firstly I would like to thank Rav Leff for this amazing website! I'm in shidduchim and finding it very hard to feel happy for my friends when they either get married or have babies. Does the Rav have any suggestion how I can feel GENUINE simcha for my friends? —Anonymous, AUSTRALIA
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Question No. 1328
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Mar 2007
The Question Hi,Im a yeshiva bochor who recently did something with an unmarried girl (we went all the way)do we have to now get married? and if not, is there any problem with her marrying a cohen? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1325
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Mar 2007
The Question Remember, God never directly contacts us, does this make him a circumstance God? I think things would go the way they go with or without you talking to the invisible God. —David Waites, Winter Springs Florida
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Question No. 1320
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 25 Feb 2007
The Question If one has done something very wrong (with a guy), how can one do teshuva (repent)? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1319
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 25 Feb 2007
The Question I know a bit about Jews of Arabia /Yathrib/Khaybar/Teima /Wadi Qura/ Fedek. My question is; Which denomination are they? Can I compare them to Dead Sea Scrolls sects /proto Karaites? —Kaber, New Orleans LA
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