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Question No. 927
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 1 Aug 2005
The Question Where is there a source for issues with halacha and taking down a fireplace in ones home? The previous owners used the fireplace, but we have never used it and want to take the entire structure down. Two chasideshe indviduals mentioned that there are jewish laws connected with a fireplace. Is this true and what is the source? Thanks, Stephanie —Stephanie, Monsey,NY
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Question No. 924
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Jul 2005
The Question My father and forefathers (from India) were Jews in Pakistan and due to my Jewish roots we were hunted by Muslims in Pakistan. With the help of my parents and church I was able to escape from Pakistan in 1994. Now I live in the Philippines and have a Filipino wife and we have three kids. Since my roots are Jewish I want to be converted back in my Jewish roots with my family. Last few years I'm trying to be converted but the Rabbi in Manila is saying that I need to go in Israel or U.S.A. or somewhere else were the Jewish courts are and he has no athourity to convert any one. Meanwhile I don't have the resources to leave the Philippines. Is it possible that someone could help me in conversion, since I've a strong spirituall pull to me to go back in my original Jewish roots? —Anonymous, Phillippines
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Question No. 908
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Jul 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff. I have three questions - 1) Can one work out at the gym during the 3 weeks with all the equipment except for swimming? 2) I've been asked why a girl can't daven with open toe shoes. Since when can a girl not daven with open toe shoes? Is this a chumra and where does it come from? Can a boy daven with open toe shoes? 3) I teach a Jewish 10-year-old about Judaism. She came out with the question Who created Hashem. I am from a religious background and as far as I'm aware Hashem has always been around and always will be - He wasn't created as such - He is the Creator. I don't know if the reason the 10 yr old can't understand this is because she is too young (and has no background of emunah in Hashem) to understand the difference between Hashem being infinite vs. man being finite, or if I just don't know how to explain this properly. I'm wondering if you could please tell me how to answer her so that she can understand. Thank you —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 899
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 18 Jul 2005
The Question I am the Mother of four daughters. I desire very much to have a son. Are there any segulos that the Rav knows about in order to be blessed with a boy? Additionally, How could we be commanded with the mitzvah of Pru U'Revu (to have a son and a daughter) if the gender of the child is totally out of our control. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 898
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 18 Jul 2005
The Question I have been worried about something for some time. About a year and a half ago I underwent an Orthodox conversion under the strictest halachic standards and with a very widely recognized Beit Din. Although I am not seeing him now, at the time of my conversion I was somewhat involved with a traditional Jewish man who grew up religious but has since turned traditional. We developed feelings for each other and I was hoping to influence him and work on him to return to full yiddishkeit so that we could marry eventually. After my conversion I sat down with him and told him I was going to be properly observant and the choice was his. I cared about him very much. But he then said that if I would come down more to his level we could then grow together and get up to the level I wanted us to be, but that there was no way he could suddenly jump to being as frum as I was overnight. Unfortunately my desire to get married and my affection for him got the best of me and I agreed to compromise hoping we would grow together. This included some aspects of Shabbat observance. I'm very ashamed about it as I look back. However when there was absolutely no change in him several weeks later we broke up and I was devestated. I have been beating myself up ever since wondering if my compromises affected the validity of my conversion. Since we broke up I have done teshuva and have now become even more frum than I was at the time I converted, and my sincerity has never wavered. Not one person in my community questions my level of observance and my sincerity whether at the time of my conversion or now. Do you think I should just put this behind me and get on with my life of being Jewish? I worry that I might have "mucked up" my conversion. I'm just hoping I can get some peace of mind. Thank you. —Anonymous, London, England
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Question No. 892
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 13 Jul 2005
The Question I am a single girl of shidduch age. I live in an ultra-Orthodox community. I am friends with a girl who, while not off the derech, is certainly doing things that are unacceptable. I was advised to remain friends with her, to be a good friend and to be a positive example. My parents, though, are concerned that the two of us walking in the street together will give me a bad name and affect my shidduch options. They are not concerned about her influencing me-I have good Bais Yaakov friends and am not that close with this girl-just about my "name". Is this something I must worry about? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 890
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 12 Jul 2005
The Question Is growing a beard/not shaving a halachic or hashkafic issue? What is the reason for it? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 878
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Jul 2005
The Question I know an Indian who converted out of sofek in Israel. I was wondering what their situation would be with regards to mourning parents halachically. Do geyrim mourn over parents and what about a sofek ger? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 877
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Jul 2005
The Question If a family member changes a dying man's will by omitting the consequences of the change, ultimatly obtaining the entire estate and changing the original wishes of the man who passed away, claiming that because we married outside of the religion, but my son is of his own calling studying to be a Jew and considers himself one. Can he hide behind Jewish law and still consider himself righteous even though he lied by ommission and never attempted to consult or guide us? This has really hurt myself and my son. My son sees this Orthodox man as an example of all Orthodox people. Will the uncle be considered righteous by G-D because he lives the image but not the spirit of the law? Please answer - I'm having trouble explaining this to my son. —Henri, Ocala, Fla
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Question No. 871
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Jul 2005
The Question I drive an elderly woman twice a week as chessed. This elderly woman is Jewish, but not religious at all. I would like to know if the mitzva is the same as if I would drive a frum person. —Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 856
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 2 Jul 2005
The Question Where does the custom of raising one's little finger up towards the sefer Torah while one says "vesos HaTorah..." come from? Is it obligatory for both Ashkenazim and Sefardim to do? Thank You. —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 818
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 12 May 2005
The Question Single People that have TVs at home but are frum. There are two problems here a) They claim they are very lonely and cannot cope without a TV. b) I try to help them but since I am a Baal Tshuva myself and used to be a TV addict rachmono litzlan... the TV and believe me the pritzus on even national TV, from what I hear is worsening daily. My question is should I encourage them to get rid of their TV or leave them alone? —Anonymous
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Question No. 814
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 May 2005
The Question My dad converted in Israel in order to marry my mother. My mother is not religious, and my dad never considered to be religious. I don't know which minhagim her dad had when he was religious. So the question is: I am a baal teshuva, and I now want to know which minhagim I should take upon myself. The only rabbi we have here is a chabad-rabbi, and he is mainly the one who answers my questions and guides me. The synagogue here is ashkenazic. Should I be chabadnik, ashkenazic or can I choose my own? Thank you very much for answering my question. Anonymous, Denmark
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Question No. 797
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 3 May 2005
The Question You mentioned in response to another question that not every affectionate relationship between two boys or two girls in a dorm (or out of one) is necessarilly homosexually oriented. But you did say that it is not necessarilly good. I am a dorm councelor in a certain institution and I would like further clarification on this. Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Cananda
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Question No. 792
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 3 May 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff, I am eight years old and live on your Moshav. How can it be that dinosaurs lived long before man, but Adam HaRishon was created only on the sixth day of the world? Thank you. —Yakov R., Matityahu, Israel
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Question No. 781
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Apr 2005
The Question 7 Years of work is now completed Baruch Hashem my invention works better than I can imagine. Before I can look for investors I must patent this first to protect my invention and the honesty of my backers. For the last few months every time I want to go to the patent office something comes up and stops me. Help! What message is Hashem sending and how should I react my pledge to Hashem is to further Kiddush Hashem by supporting the continuing education of newly wed husbands, supporting yeshiva students and their institutions, aiding impoverished chassunas, comforting the ill. I thought that these promises would help expedite my efforts I am very confused please answer me soon everyone I speak to can't understand why Hashem has not aided me to perform these mitzvos. --anonymous, Brooklyn New York
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Question No. 772
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 20 Apr 2005
The Question There is a saying that the one that believes Midrashim is a full and the one that doesn´t is an Apikoros, so how do we relate to them? Does this apply also to the Midrashim that are brought in the Gemara, like the one in Brachos 32b that Moshe Chitiach Dvarim Klapeh Mala that the Gemara says that it was as if he grabbed Hakadosh Baruch Chu by the shirt. —Anonymous
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Question No. 761
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 13 Apr 2005
The Question RabbLeff, I've known you for over 20 years ago. I'm so happy to have you in my life again. This time as a mature adult. I have a sister who moved out of my parents house for over a year witout their permission. Since that time she started to do things that are destroying my parents. She attended Bais Yakoov. She is currently living with a shiksa who she calles her girlfriend. She is no longer frum. She works on shabbath and barley sees my the family. My parents continue to suffer. She calls them to harrass them because they wont except her forbidden relationship. I get angry when she tells them she wont go to simchas unless her girlfrien is invited with her. I try to explain to her that this is killing our parents and to stop discussing this with them. She removed herself from jews and will not let anyone in unless we invite and are nice to her girfriend she fells she'll marry. How could We help her if she wont give us a chance. We tried counseling but she wont attend. Thank you Rabbi. Since I was ten years old you made a huge impression on this day. —anonymous toronto, toronto, ontario,canada
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Question No. 759
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Apr 2005
The Question In Baba Metzia on daf 24 of Eilu Metziot side 2 it talks about Tzipori and Tiberias but they are Rov Yisreal. How is this possible (they made it permisible for the finder) —Anonymous
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Question No. 756
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Apr 2005
The Question What is the source and significance of the Magen David? —Raphy Garson, Har Nof
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