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The Kindness of Human Diversity

Question: I have always wondered how from Adam and Eve came all the different races and colors of the people in the world. I appreciate your insights and appreciate your “Just Ask” service. Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Thank you for your kind words and you’ve posed a really great question! The Talmud deals with the diversity [...]

By | 2017-03-20T14:00:13+00:00 March 20th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on The Kindness of Human Diversity

Why Don’t I See Any Miracles?

Question: I was reading my son Bible stories and he asked a simple, “child-like” question: "Why doesn't God punish bad people the way he did in the Bible, such as what happened in Egypt in the Passover story? I was flustered for an answer as to why we don't see God's great powers the way [...]

By | 2017-03-15T16:00:13+00:00 March 15th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Why Don’t I See Any Miracles?

Shabbat of Blessing – Shabbat Mevarchim

Question: I recently started going to the Synagogue on Shabbat and noticed this past week that the congregation said a special prayer called “Blessing of the New Month”. Would you please tell me more about this blessing? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Good question. On the Shabbat before the new Jewish month begins (except for the Shabbat [...]

By | 2017-02-28T13:03:59+00:00 February 28th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Shabbat of Blessing – Shabbat Mevarchim

Shakesprayer

Question: Why do many people sway back and forth while praying?  I’ve seen others who do not and this seems more respectful to me. Is either way the correct way or the better way? AskTheRabbi.org answered: Both are correct and acceptable. The deciding factor is which way helps a person to have better concentration on [...]

By | 2017-02-22T15:10:31+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Shakesprayer

“Mazel Tov” & Energy from Above

Question: Hi Rabbi, a friend just had a baby and everyone keeps telling him “Mazel tov”. It sounds like they’re wishing the parents congratulations and good luck. But is that really what “Mazel tov” means? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Although “Mazel tov” is used almost universally as a phrase of congratulations and a wish for good [...]

By | 2017-02-14T01:26:14+00:00 February 14th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on “Mazel Tov” & Energy from Above

Ask The Rabbi: Happy New Year for the Trees

Question: I saw an ad on campus about a Tu B’Shevat celebration, called “New Year’s Day for the Trees”. Is it like a Jewish Arbor Day? Thank you. AskTheRabbi.org answered: "I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make [...]

By | 2017-02-08T11:23:18+00:00 February 8th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Ask The Rabbi: Happy New Year for the Trees

Ask The Rabbi: Who Should Hold the Baby?

Question: Hi Rabbi, we are expecting our first child – a boy. How do we decide who should be Sandak (the person who holds the baby at the circumcision)? Each of our fathers wants the honor. But it’s stressing my wife out! Any advice you have about how to decide whom to choose, while also [...]

By | 2017-01-31T11:29:59+00:00 January 31st, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Ask The Rabbi: Who Should Hold the Baby?

Ask The Rabbi: Forgiveness Without Regret

Question: I was raised in a secular environment and want to “do teshuva”. Maybe not all at once, but I want to start changing my ways and start observing Judaism more. However, I’ve heard that to be forgiven for my past I need to regret what I’ve done. But I find it really hard to [...]

By | 2017-01-26T01:41:30+00:00 January 26th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Ask The Rabbi: Forgiveness Without Regret

Ask The Rabbi: Inauguration Prayer of King Solomon

Question: Why is it that according to Judaism one should face east when praying? I saw a sign in a friend’s home that said “East” in Hebrew, and when I asked what it’s for, my friend told me it was a reminder of the direction for prayer. Thank you. Thanks for this service. AskTheRabbi.org answered: [...]

By | 2017-01-18T13:00:59+00:00 January 18th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Ask The Rabbi: Inauguration Prayer of King Solomon

Ask The Rabbi: Can I Really Make a Difference?

Question: Dear Rabbi, I know that as a Jew I have a responsibility to “fix the world” and make it a better place for not only my generation, but for generations to come. How does Judaism teach to do this? Are we all obligated to go to some far-away place that is impoverished to hand [...]

By | 2017-01-10T10:57:34+00:00 January 10th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Ask The Rabbi: Can I Really Make a Difference?