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Question No. 543
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question What is considered the Bar Mitzvah parsha of a boy born during chol hamoed Pesach, i.e., what would he customarily lein in shul after his 13th birthday? Thank you. —Joel R., Matityahu, Israel
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Question No. 540
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question Where can I find evidence of Jewish women shaving their heads in 1880's Russia to avoid rape during pogroms? Leah Tyo, Los Angelos
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Question No. 527
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question Several times I have heard a Midrash that says that the western wall of the Bais HaMikdosh will always remain standing. This is understood to be the Western Wall. However from what I understand the Western Wall is not the wall of the Beis HaMikdosh but rather the wall around the Har HaBayis that Herod built. Furthermore all four walls around the Har HaBayis remain intact today (although much of it is inaccessible). How does this fit in with the Midrash? I would like to thank the Rov for making himself and his shiurim available to Klal Yisroel in such an accessible manner. Menachem Salasnik, London
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Question No. 511
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question When learning Mishna Berurah it is somtimes unclear who the Chofetz Chaim is paskuning like. Are there any rules to determine what the psak is? Thank You. Menachem Tzvi Stulberger, California
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Question No. 509
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question My wife is the daughter of a convert. My mother in law has one sister and two brothers (all married) Her sister believes she is a Jew b/c she was brought up that way, really only speaks Hebrew and they (her married family) has always been active in Chabads (baal tzedekah). My wife's aunt, had three children (2 girls one boy). My kasheh is that both daughters (that think they are Jewish) are married and have children (1 girl 1 boy). I do not know if anyone knows the truth about my wife's aunt's true religion, beside, my wife, me and my mother in law. Am I chiuv to tell someone that this scion of my wife's aunt is not halachically Jewish? In fact, one daughter married a man from Maryland that comes from a religious family. This is obviously a potentially explosive issue. My wife the tzedeikus told her rebbe when she was in HS (since the cousins also went to the same place) but i don't know if anyone was ever converted. Please help me. Avram, Florida
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Question No. 501
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Are the Karaites (Karaims) to be considered halachically Jewish? What's their status? Anonymous, Rhode Island
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Question No. 492
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Oct 2004
The Question Please can you help me? Rav Yitchak Kadauri is living in Jerusalem and was friends with Baba Sali may he rest in peace. Please I need help and only Hashem can help me and I need a Tzaddik to make a decree and Hashem will answer them. I had a severe reaction to Keflex (an antibiotic) almost 18 years ago which left me burning on fire in the trigeminal nerve (all three branches both sides) constantly until you feel no more until you go paralyzed. I have lost feeling in my entire mouth, cheeks, throat and I cry everyday. I pray every day because I know I need a medical miracle and I will not stop until I get it. I could have died from my allergic reaction but instead it left me with this ongoing debilitating illness which is not something one can live with. Please can you help me to get rid of the inflammation off of the nerves and help me get the feeling back which was lost from the inflammation? I need someone powerful and I need G-d's help. I love life and love all living things on earth. I want to get well . I am a medical lab tech and have gone to nursing school. I love people and own lots of animals. My love for life is so great that words alone cannot express it. Please help me or direct me. I pray al! l the time and so does my children, husband and family. I need a miracle from the heavens and know that I cannot live this way. I plead and cry everyday. I am being tortured. I want to be able to feel my mouth and throat like a normal person. The damage and pain continues until the inflammation off of the trigeminal nerves go. Please help me. . I am being choked alive in slow motion. Please help me. I am begging with tears. Please help me and send this to Hashem. Please send me a completely cure and healing from above! Please pray for me and help me, I am begging you because I am getting worse! Please help me get to Yitzchak Kaduri. Please I need his help and anyone else who can possibly help me. I need a miracle from the heavens and only Hashem can do that but I need a messenger that Hashem will listen to. Please help me. I am suffering so much and cry constantly because of my constant ongoing suffering without a stop. Please I beg you to help me! I will do anything I am told to do. Please! Sherry Gerszberg Shana Chana Bas Itcha, Kendall Park New Jersey USA
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Question No. 490
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Oct 2004
The Question What is the point in having death penalties in the Torah? Since circumstantial evidence is not acceptable, it is going to be virtually impossible for someone to be convicted. Shimon Frais, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 485
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 15 Oct 2004
The Question Am I supposed to pronounce it as oi or o ( i.e : toirah or torah)? Thank you. Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 477
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question I recently quit my job working at a restaurant. While working there, I became frustrated with the amount of fodd wasted and attempted on numerous oaccasions to get the restaurant involved in food banks but to no avail.Finally, I found a homeless wheelchair-ridden man en route between work and my home who happily took the food that I packaged for him on the evenings that I worked two to three nights a week. We became friends and I learned all about his unfortunate circumstances. We spoke and interacted many times to our mutual benefit. When I quit working at the restaurant 1 1/2 months ago, I stopped bringing him food and have not stopped by to see him since. A few days ago I caught a glimpse of him sitting on the sidewalk looking terrible. I felt awful and began to consider whether or not I, having begun to help him and potentially created dependency upon my food and friendship, have a responsibility to continue helping him. If you could please help me figure out this dilemma I would greatly appreciate it. It has been disturbing me greatly. Thank you.
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Question No. 463
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question I am a talmid in a beis medrash. Firstly I have a very strong leaning towards "bekius" learning. However I am worried that since I don't spend much time on "iyun" outside of first sedarim it can be ruining my future ability to become a talmud chochem. Secondly, people say that you need a rebbe that you can grow in your learning ability from. However after a year of listening writing and reviewing the rebbe's "shuir" I dont know what abilities if any I gained? Please tell me the Rav's opinion. Thank you. Anonymous
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Question No. 448
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question My last wish is to discredit what I perceive to be a wonderful faction of frum Yidden. However I'm just curios as to how the Rav feels about certain practices of the Chabad Chassidim. Aside from the whole Yechi scandal... I've read that for kabbalistic reasons the Lubavitcher chassidim do not sleep in the sukkah on succos, nor do they eat shalosh seados on shabbos. How do we understand this while still accepting this group? Additionally, in light of Rav Shach's sentiments about the Rebbe and Chabad, how have the gedolei yisroel perceived Lubavitch? Again, I have the deepest respect for Lubavitcher Chasidim, I'm just wondering as many of these issues have become relevant recently. Thank you very much. Dovid B., Long Island
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Question No. 423
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Why is it that the Gedolei Yisrael, and basically all the Jews in Europe for five hundred years, preferred to speak Yiddish as a vernacular as opposed to speaking in loshon Kodesh? I thank the Rav for taking his time out to help me with this question. Zai Gezunt Dovid, Long Island, NY
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Question No. 414
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question The Gemara Megilla 12a says that there is a Machlokes Rav and Shmuel if Achashveirosh was a Melech Tipesh or Melech Pikeach for inviting the farther or closer people first to his seudah... I understand if it was that one said he should have don't it one way and one said the other way. But saying Melech Tipesh, that means that ( let's say Rav held he was smart for doing the way he did it ) that means that if he would have the choice to do it , he would have done it the same way. And Shmuel would be calling him Tipesh!?! How do we reconcile this apparent insult? Thank you very much Anonymous
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Question No. 395
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question When Amoraim or Rishonim qualify the statements of their predecessors and limit their statements to a very specific case, do we have to assume that was really  the intention of the braisa or maimra, or is it merely the amora's/rishon's interpretation? Yossi, New York
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Question No. 385
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I want to grow long-curls (peyos) like Orthodox Jewish men do? Could you please email me, telling "step-by-step" on "how to" grow them? Anonymous, New Hampshire
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Question No. 374
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I've read that Rav kook had the practice of refraining from meat aside from on Shabbos. Additionally I've read that others have endorsed similar views, how does the Rav feel about this? Dovid B., Long Island, NY
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Question No. 369
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Why is it that Jews today seem to be of different descents; that is, there is a variety of skin tones, etc.  Historically, can we be 100% certain that Jews today have descended throughout the ages without intermarrying with other nations.  For example, is it possible that Sephardic Jews may be darker or Ashkenazic Jews may be lighter as a consequence of marrying into the native people of those places?  Thank you for clarifying. Anonymous
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Question No. 366
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is Goral Hagra? From where did it originate? How does it work? Does it work today in 5764 ? Thanks very much and Hazlachah with all your wonderful work. Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 334
Category Miscellaneous
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I have to choose a good Beth-HaMidrash LaRabbanim where to study. What do you think about the Yeshiva University environment, jewish atmosphere,especially about The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary? Is it more university than yeshiva or is it more yeshiva than university? Thanks! Anonymous
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