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Question No. 1116
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Oct 2005
The Question Does halacha allow the castration of a dog? Practically, this would cause him to be less excited around dogs of the other sex. Is there a difference if the dog himself has never fathered dogs of his own?? Thank you for your advice. —Anonymous, LONDON
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Question No. 1104
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 25 Oct 2005
The Question An 18 year old jewish boy is in love with my 16 year old gentile daughter. He talks marriage. How is this permitted? Will his family disown him if he marries outside the jewish faith? —Anonymous, Cape Coral florida
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Question No. 1091
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Oct 2005
The Question I find my life exceedingly frustrating. For over 21 years I have not been able to find a stable job nor a shidduch. B"H I am currently employed but I worry that this job will end like the previous jobs. I pray to get a stable job and a shidduch. I sometimes wonder if I was born with a harsh decree imposed on me that I am supposed to have a life of difficulty in maintaining employment and never getting married. Is it possible that I really have this harsh decree imposed on me, or is there something I need to do to achieve steady employement and a shidduch? —Anonymous, Silver Spring, MD
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Question No. 1075
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Oct 2005
The Question I am pregnant and together with my husband we are trying to think of names to name our unborn child. My father-in-law's second name is Yosef he is not called this name. My grandfather was called Yosef Yitzchak. A am I halachacally allowed to call my child my grandfather's full name but not call him Yosef as respect to my father-in-law? We will IYH call him Yitzchak. I heard that if you don't give the full name it's as if you are not calling after the person. I really would like to name him after my grandfather. How can i do it? Thank you. —Anonymous, London England
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Question No. 1066
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Sep 2005
The Question I have recently had dreams about my teeth falling out. My friend told me that something bad will happen e.g. a death in the family. is this true? what does my dream mean? —Daniela, England
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Question No. 1063
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Sep 2005
The Question Jews the world over drink together with a "l'chaim". This is also done at memorial services. What's the source of this custom? Why is drinking associated with life? —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 1057
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 26 Sep 2005
The Question Is it appropriate for a non-Jewish adult male to wear a hat to a bris? He wants to wear the hat as he has had chemotherapy. —Anonymous, California
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Question No. 1047
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 21 Sep 2005
The Question I would be very grateful if you could help me find an answer to the following related questons. 1. Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook wrote: "Citing scriptural proofs, our Sages explain (Sanhedrin 57a) that Adam was not permitted to eat meat: "Behold, I have given you every tree... yielding seed for food" (Genesis 1:29). Eating meat was permitted to the children of Noah only after the Flood: "Like the green herb, I have given you everything" (Genesis 9:3). Is it conceivable that this moral excellence, which once existed as an inherent human characteristic, should be lost forever?" ("A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace" By HaRav Avraham Yitzchak Kook) Is Rav Kook indicating that in the future our diet will once again be vegetarian? Does Rav Leff know of any sources which would indicate that the diet in the messianic age or later will be vegetarian? 2. Rav Kook wrote: "In the future, the flow of intellect will spread and reach even the animals. 'They will do no harm or damage in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Hashem as water covering the sea bed' (Isaiah 11:9). The sacrifice at that time will be the meal offering from the realm of vegetation, and it will be pleasing unto Hashem as in the days of old." (Olas Rayah 1, 292) Is Rav Kook saying that the offerings in the messianic age will be vegetarian? —Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 1039
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 19 Sep 2005
The Question Who killed Jesus? Was it the Jews or the Romans? I heard once that it is written in the Gemara that the Jews killed him. Is this true? I would like some clarification on the matter. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1023
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 12 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I've been struggling with debilitating depression since after my bar mitzva. I've tried all types of therapies and drugs with no success. I became frum at the age of 24 and am now married with 3 kids at the age of 33. Since 24 I was in university which gave me a highly flexible schedule and alot of free time to allow me to "weather out the storm" on bad days. After 24, I visited Israel and stayed at ohr somayach for a few years with again, a highly flexible schedule. Once I got married, I've been learning in kollel (mostly by myself) due to this debilitating depression. I'm now reaching a burnout stage in kollel due to constant worrying about how I will cope in the future in the workplace with out a highly flexible schedule which allowed me to weather out the bad days. I've been recently advised to look for work. I'm afraid due to my depression that it will be very difficult for me to keep an energy level that will allow me to function properly at a job. Like most depressed people, mornings are a difficult time. On bad days, (when I've had a sleepless night) when I daven at a minyan, I find myself drained of energy and cannot function properly for the day. i forgot to mention one point in my submission today. I get extremly nervous around crowds of people and that's why going to minyan can drain my energy. I am worried at how I will function once I have a regular job. Am I allowed to be flexible on bad days and daven at home or should i go to shul and have no energy for showing up for work. thank you —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 1019
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 8 Sep 2005
The Question Are there any thoughts or intentions a man should have when going to the mikvah on erev Shabbos or yom tov? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1003
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Aug 2005
The Question HaKovod HaRav Leff, I am in a dire situation. Recently I have started feeling as if everything I do, i.e. davening, learning etc, feels so alien. I can no longer connect to Hashem as I used to. This was not brought on by any situation or problem, it gradually built up. I hope you can help me return to the way things were when I enjoyed learning and serving Hashem with joy. Thank you. —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 1001
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 30 Aug 2005
The Question Shalom Rabbi Leff, How does one develop a "gshmack" in learning talmud? Whenever I open a gemora and delve into sugyas, I find it to be purely intellectual and don't feel any emotional desire to learn. I've tried learning for many hours at once without interruption, but find myself exhausted mentally and physically. Thank You —Anonymous, Kiryat Sefer
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Question No. 996
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Aug 2005
The Question In Sanhedrin (Dinei Mamonos Bishloshah, Perek Rishon, Zayin, page 7b1), the responsibility for an incorrect judgement is discussed. In the introductory statement, we are told that the weight of judgement hangs as a chain around the neck of each judge. The Artscroll explanation indicates that this means the responsibility for an incorrect judgement lies not only with each individual Dayan, but also with any other scholars in the court. Two examples of this show how Rav Huna and Rav Ashi both involved other scholars or experts in their courts 'so that each will receive a chip of the beam'. Thus, the introductory text seems to indicate that personal responsibility for errors is very serious, and cannot be minimised by hiding behind other Dayanim, while the examples seem to indicate that these two great sages regularly tried to minimise their own personal liability for errors. What is the explanation of this apparent contradiction? —Jonathan Shaw, Melbourne, Australia
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Question No. 985
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Aug 2005
The Question I'm a dorm counsler in a yeshiva in the U.S. and I was wondering if the Rav could give some eitzot on how to help high school age kids, that come from a more modern backround, with the issur of Zera Levatalah. Thank you. —Anonymous
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Question No. 983
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Aug 2005
The Question In Response to the Rav's answer to Question 944 (Re: Question# 856 about V'Zos Hatorah.) I found this in the Sefer "Minhag Yisrael Torah" in Orach Chaim. (It is Ki Savo, thanks for correcting me. The very last thing he says when he lists many minhagim reguarding Krias Hatorah is this line with Zeres.) —Josh Bregman, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 961
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Aug 2005
The Question This may sound silly. I am the mother of one child, a boy. My mother is insisting that he call her "Eemah." I have mixed feelings on the subject, but my husband feels that this is wildly inappropriate. My mother maintains that this is standard practice within the orthodox Jewish community, although I have never heard of this. What is your advice? Is this a harmless request or is my mother crossing a line? Thank you for you thoughts. —J. Kurland, san diego
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Question No. 944
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Re Question# 856 about V'Zos Hatorah. I found out that the mekor is in the Meam Loez at the end of Parshas Netzavim, I believe. I have to double-check. But he does say Zeres (pinky). —Josh Bregman, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 939
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Rav Leff, I would like to gradually start strengthening my ties to Judiasm. As of today I am traditional, but I feel that this is not enough. What would be the first steps I should take in order to become more religious? —Ari, Yirushayalim, Israel
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Question No. 933
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question What is the halachic position on stem-cell research? —Yechezkel G., Melville, NY
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