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Question No. 749
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 5 Apr 2005
The Question Rav Leff, Shlita: I have recently started amud yomi, following along on your web site. I follow your schedule, every Sunday through Friday. The shiurim are fantastic and I find the pace to be just right for me. My question is how often should one chazar (review) the amud (or anything for that matter) in order to ensure that it stays in memory. (I specifically joined amud because I wanted to retain what I was learning.) I currently learn the amud originally with you, review the previous day's amud the next day before starting the next day's amud, and then review all 3 blatt on shabbos. Is this enough? —Ephraim Davidowitz, New York, NY
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Question No. 747
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 4 Apr 2005
The Question Many years ago I heard someone say that leaving your lulav by the front door was a segulah to thwart away robbers and thieves. Have you ever heard of such a thing? If so, can you provide a source. Thank You —Sam Ritter, Englewood, NJ
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Question No. 734
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Mar 2005
The Question I live in a frum area. Since moving here five years ago the frum community has been very negative for myself and my wife including the rabbis. There have been lies that the rabbis new were untrue and because of money the rabbis did not get involved, they let it go on knowing full well the truth. How do I continue to strive to be a Ben Torah and control my anger. Please Rabbi Leff I need advice. How can I respect these so called Rabbis after I presented them with proof and they told me they cant do anything because of politics (money). I believe strongly in Hashem and I want to handle this in a way where it doesn't affect my frumkeit. Thank you and I appreciate everything you do for klal yisroel. —Anonymous, toronto
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Question No. 733
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 20 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, With regards to Amalek, the Torah seems to imply that Amalek is totally "excluded" from any share in the world to come as is mentioned in the Pasuk " Reshis goyim amolek "veachariso adi oved" (no future) This is perhaps, midde keneged midde, as Amalek does't understand the principle that this world is just mere a means and provides us with a setting to "earn olam Habo". Amalek views this world as the main world and as an end in itself and lives instead "for the moment". But isn't this the view of all the umos hoalom. And aren't all the umos haolam excluded from any share in the olam habo? Thank you —Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 725
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Mar 2005
The Question What is the nature of man? The Scriptures mention spirit, soul and body. I read that the soul has 2 impulses. —Luis Vega, Los Angeles, CA.
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Question No. 724
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 14 Mar 2005
The Question B'kvod HaRav, I've always wondered, if the vowel "tzerai" is pronounced "ay," why do we say HaShem and not HaShaym? —Robert, Sharon, MA
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Question No. 717
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 9 Mar 2005
The Question Kvod Harav Leff, As we now live in the high tech/internet generation we have the ability to become ordained as a “Rabbi” with out the necessity of learning even 1 minute in a proper yeshiva. I am witness to a few of these new wave “Rabbis”. Some never spent even 1 zman in a yeshiva but now after learning a little Shulchan Aruch call themselves Rabbi. To be fare there are those who are or have been engaged in true Torah learning and have as well used the internet to become ordained. My question is about those who don’t have a Torah or Yeshiva background. Do you feel this is a disgrace to those who have spent the time and effort and have achieved the skills of learning in a yeshiva? You yourself spent many years at Telshe and have the well deserved title of Rabbi. These internet Rabbis call themselves Rabbi as well. Are they to be looked at and respected in the same way as a Rabbi who learned for years? Have we cheapened the meaning of the title Rabbi? What about the people who don’t realize that these Rabbis are not equipped to act as a “true” Rabbis and are being ministered to or taught by them? These Rabbis are not what people think they are? How should the Jewish community at large react to this? Thank you for your opinion. —Anonymous, Israel/USA
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Question No. 715
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Mar 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Is there any problem with regards to a cohen entering a hospital (for visiting his wife regarding the birth of his child) in New York City? Can he come as many times as he want for the purpose of visiting, or are there some restrictions ? Thank you —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 708
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 1 Mar 2005
The Question I used to be a "marrano" anusim. My questions is that my family for hundreds of year have pray the Shemá in the kneeling position. First we bow and close our eyes for the first part of the Shemá and then while kneeling we finish the prayer. My family original last name was Sossan from Morocco. My kids are ready to be taught how to pray...What can I do? Any opinion in this matter. Moshe —Anonymous, Houston
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Question No. 687
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Jan 2005
The Question Why do people stand in shul during the "leining" of Shiras Moshe and the aseres hadibros? Isn't all the torah holy or are certain parts holier than the other? —Chaya Sara Skaist, Jerusalem
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Question No. 685
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Jan 2005
The Question My mother's mother is Jewish. My father is not Jewish at all. I will soon be given a Hebrew name in the synagogue but neither my mother nor, obviously, my father were given Jewish names. How will I be referred to on official Jewish occasions? Esther bas Sarah? Or should I use my mom's secular name? How about a father's name...should it be bas Avraham or perhaps bas Chaim (my Jewish grandma's father). Thank you in advance. —Anonymous, Russia
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Question No. 676
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Jan 2005
The Question I am a Baal Teshuva currently dating a Baalas Teshuva. I had my first and only sexual experience 2 years ago before I became religious. Must I disclose this sexual encounter to my partner as the relationship develops toward marriage? I fear possibly losing her, if I were to disclose this. —Pesach, USA
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Question No. 673
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 22 Jan 2005
The Question In Jewish law a man is not allowed to waste seed, but is one allowed to check for spem count levels? If yes, in what circumstances, e.g., if one simply wants to check? —Anonymous, Britain
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Question No. 668
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 17 Jan 2005
The Question Is a Jewish vet allowed to kill animals that aren't sick or dangerous, just in order to make shelters not overcrowded? —Anonymous, Virginia
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Question No. 640
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 31 Dec 2004
The Question A situation has arisen in my life in which I desperately feel the need to consult a mekubal or tzaddik for a brocho or perhaps for some advice. I live in the UK but would be prepared to travel out of the UK for such a meeting. I know there are no easy answers to life's tests, but I also know of instances when great gedolim have advised a person to do XYZ and sometimes there follows a positive (maybe even miraculous) result. I suppose I want to know what my XYZ is. But I'd also like someone good and great to include me in their prayers. Perhaps you could suggest such a person with whom I could meet. Many thanks —Anonymous, UK
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Question No. 620
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 16 Dec 2004
The Question Regarding Question #582 does the sun go around the earth or vice versa? —Solomon Rabi, Melbourne, Australia
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Question No. 618
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 13 Dec 2004
The Question I hear that there are different mehalech's in learning: i.e "pshat" "pilpul" etc ..Can the Rav please explain the different ones and what it is? Thank you very much —Anonymous, US
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Question No. 611
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 7 Dec 2004
The Question Recently a sefer on the topic of GENIZA was published. The author puts forth the argument that even TORAH written in english needs GENIZA. The weekly HAMODIA newspaper in english includes a section of divre torah in english. The paper (each week) points out that since DT is contained within, please wrap in a plastic before disgarding. When the paper was asked who gave they such a PSAK they simply answered gedolim. I myself have for many years placed english DT in 2 plastic bags before throwing out. This practise seems to be norm. However the aforementioned sefer seems to suggest that it is ASUR MIN HATORAH to chuck out DT even in english. My Chavruta asked Rav Mordechai Eliyahu this question and he cleary said 2 bags is sufficent, there is no need for GENIZA. I would appreciate the Rav's views on this issue. Thanks for your time. —Raphy Garson, Har Nof
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Question No. 589
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question There are people who are booked into a hotel on a B and B basis and when they come down for breakfast they make for themselves some rolls and filling to take away for lunch. Is this gnaiva? —Anonymous, Netanya
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Question No. 576
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Hello Rabbi: Lately I have had many problems. Every day a new one, one doesn’t finish another one starts, and most importantly I am always sad, what should I do? Thanks —Anonymous, Mexico City
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