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Question No. 1313
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 24 Feb 2007
The Question I am looking for a Rabbi who can and will bestow private Semicha following his lessons and mentoring. I am not Orthodox, and do not wish to become Orthodox. I am unable to go to Israel for any length of time. A Rabbi on the East Coast of the USA is best. What are my options, if any? —Ed Horwitz, USA
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Question No. 1310
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 Feb 2007
The Question Firstly I would like to thank the Rav for honoring us with his presence and coming to talk to us last year. It was really appreciated by all the kehila. Is there a halachik source for the following? If someone looses a wife & subsequently gets remarried, is he allowed to say Kaddish on the yarhrzeit of the first wife? I have been told that it is the minhag/custom not to say it – as his 2nd wife is likely to become very emotional. I have also heard that before remarrying the custom is to visit the grave of the 1st wife and say goodbye – as one should not visit it after remarrying. Could the Rav point out a source in a Sefer that deals with this situation? Thank you again for all your time. —Rabbi Raphy Garson, Elstree, England
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Question No. 1302
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Feb 2007
The Question There is a saying "Kabdeihu V'chasdeihu," which I believe loosely translated means one should be cautious in dealing with people even while having respect and consideration for them. Where does it say this? —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1293
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 2 Feb 2007
The Question L'Kavod Rav, I teach at a community day school day school and a non-religious student of mine says his house is haunted. After checking into it, I found out his parents also believe they have seen ghosts. While the student has other issues, his parents are both apparently stable. How can I address this al pi Torah? Is there room for "paranormal events?" May you continue to be blessed in all you do. —Robert, USA
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Question No. 1277
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 3 Nov 2006
The Question L'kovud Harav. Some people are extremely particular to light candles all the time for the deceased and some do it on a yartzeit etc. How is the candle an illuy nishmas for the neshoma. Wouldn't it be better to give the money for the candle to tzedoka instead? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1268
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 Jul 2006
The Question Does the Rav know why the 3rd perek of Messechta Taanis is referred to as Pirke Dechasside See Meleches Shlomo on the spot and R'ash on Messchte Shevi'is refferd to inn the Meleches Shlomo —Monty Frankel, LONDON
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Question No. 1261
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Jul 2006
The Question Lekavod HaRav, I have recently returned from seminary in Eretz Yisrael, and have been asked to be a counselor in a youth group. the kids in the group are mainly from non observant homes, and I think it would be a great opportunity for me to do kiruv and be a good role model for the girls who attend. however, the group is mixed, and male and female counselors meet regularly to plan programs and functions etc. Should I turn down the offer and therefore not have an impact on these girls lives, or should I join and have as little contact with the boys in the group as possible? —Anonymous, Australia
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Question No. 1255
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 May 2006
The Question In response to an e-mail you say that in Q&A you discuss Psalm 37 verse 29. Please can you tell me where to find it. Keyword search is no help —Natalie Kehr, London
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Question No. 1245
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 28 May 2006
The Question My husband is Jewish, I am not. I go to synagogue with him and take part in all activities with him. He has given me a star of david but I do not wish to offend anyone by wearing it?I do not wish to make it appear that I think I am Jewish. I have just finished playing for Fiddler and it was a congratulatory gift. I —Julia Levine, Owen Sound
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Question No. 1238
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 May 2006
The Question Likvod Ha Rav Leff Shlitah... Throughout the year there are many times when one should fast. I remember hearing in a shiur something about how there is a fast day that is not so clear why it is done. But in the shiur the Rav said something about how the fast is in commemoration for Peter ( from christian theology) becuase one of them infiltrated chirstianity in order to change it and make it different from Judaism. So at surface it seemed like he was helping the chirstians but really he was being involved in chirstianity (an undercover agent) Le Shem Shamayim to make it different from Yiddeshkeit. Then when he died the fast was made for him.But since the chachamim didn't want everyone knowing about this they didn't say who the fast day was for. Sorry the question was so long but i wanted to know if you hear anything about this, and if so, if you knew anything more to add? Thank you so much. —Anonymous
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Question No. 1237
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 May 2006
The Question I am a gentile studying early Isrealite history and was wondering about the laying of the fleece —Jerry Parshall, Corpus Christi TX
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Question No. 1215
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Mar 2006
The Question We are shomer shabbos and have a sick friend who is not frum and lives in another town. He recently invited himself to our home for the first seder night. We invited him to stay by us over Yom Tov, but he refused because all his medical support is in his home. He will be driven home after the seder by his sister (also not frum). He refuses to attend any other local seddurim. We would like him to come, but can we allow it given the above circumstances? Thank you. —Anonymous, Lawrence, NY
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Question No. 1210
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Mar 2006
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I have a big problem. I procrastinate a lot. Most often it is at the time when I really should be going to sleep - I spend my time either reading or watching tv or working on the computer. Perhaps because nightime is so peaceful (the children are sleeping and the house is quiet and it is the only time I have a chance to relax.) I really should take the opportunity to sleep but instead I go to bed really late and ruin the following day because I'm so tired. At the time I know I should go to bed - but I just can't bring myself to do so. I could really use your insight as to how to correct this behavior and what is the Torah outlook on such behavior. Thank you for your help and tizku l'mitzvos. —Anonymous, Brooklyn, New York
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Question No. 1193
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Feb 2006
The Question A few weeks ago NASA sent a probe to Pluto to take pictures of it. In reading about it I found that there was Plutonium on board and a 1 in 350 chance that something would go wrong and cause casualties in central florida. My question is, is there any basis in the Torah which would say its ok for taking this risk to take a few pictures? Is exploration according to the Torah worth the risk of lives? Thank you. —Anonymous, toronto
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Question No. 1182
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Jan 2006
The Question it seems to me alot of the greatness of a person depends on his own inner strength, his courage of heart. how much he is not afraid of other people. such a person is usually calm and composed and does not get angry. he has nothing "pushing him" to uphold his honor and assert himself around others. how does a person build this trait? i thought learning torah would help, but i see personally that it doesn't. it seems that this is something in the realm of the subconscious and cannot be worked on so easily. thank you —Yosef Sebag, israel
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Question No. 1180
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Jan 2006
The Question A while back I have been in a crowded supermarket, and much to my distress I have seen a highly respectable Rabbi screaming ruthlessly at this elderly women for pushing him, embarrassing her to no end. This was clearly the greatest chillul hashem I have ever experienced. I have recently found myself in a setting where I have a shiur from him once a week. What should my hashkafa be regarding this? should I not attend the shiur? should I confront him? I just dont see any way that I can increase my yiras shamayim based on his shiur, or maybe it is a flaw in me that I feel this way. Please show me the light , thank you —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1168
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Dec 2005
The Question What is this segula called "Even Bisoch Even"? I have seen signs about it that says it prevents miscarriages. Does it have a mekor? —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1138
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 28 Nov 2005
The Question I was told that Frum Jews should boycott the Biblical Zoo and other attractions in Eretz Yisrael that are open on Shabbos, yet I am aware of no individual or family that does. Please share your views on this, as I greatly respect your opinion. Thank you so much. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1127
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 13 Nov 2005
The Question Hello, I am a 25-year old, relatively recent Baal Teshuva, and Im in a situation where I could use a little guidance. I have a few rebbeim who I respect very much, but they are giving me different advice. I respect you as a rabbi very much, and I am just looking for some objective guidance. I am about to graduate from a masters program in biomedical engineering in Miami, FL. I am now at a level where I am basically 100% shomer mitzvos, but I do not yet have the Torah skills like the ability to learn and daven at the level I want to achieve. So I can either take the path of going to a yeshiva in Jerusalem (I would probably select Ohr Somayach), but I am concerned that if I do this I may be compromising in terms of career opportunities (and also my family is opposed to me going). Or I could get a job here in America and continue pursuing my biomedical career (which I do not want to give up), while learning a little part-time in an American yeshiva. I am really unsure what to do, I have rabbis I respect advising me in different directions, and I need to make a decision very soon. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and I have learned so much from your website. —Anonymous, Miami Beach, FL
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Question No. 1123
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Nov 2005
The Question Thank you for responding to question 1091. I have already taken your advice about seeking professional advice about my inability to hold a steady job and find a shidduch. In short, it is nothing I did that causes me to lose the job, as far as shidduch no one can answer why I'm having difficulty. As for jobs they end because of poor management descisions and losing business. So I'm back to my original question, is there a harsh decree on me, or is there supposed to be a message which I'm a not getting so I keep having to undergo the same hardships over and over? Please help me. —Anonymous, Silver Spring, MD
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