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Why Do Non-Kosher Animals Exist?

Question: I’ve heard reasons why we keep kosher, and therefore understand why kosher animals were created. But I have no idea how to explain to a 10 year old public school student, whom I tutor, why God created non-kosher animals as well. Please help! Thank you!! AskTheRabbi.org answered: I think that you should your student [...]

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Eating, Blessing and Giving Charity

Question: Hi Rabbi, I’ve started saying “Birkat Hamazon” (Grace after Meals) after eating. I enjoy saying and singing it almost as much as I enjoy eating the meal. But there’s a part at the end that I don’t understand, where it says “I was young, I also aged, and I have not seen a righteous [...]

By | 2017-06-13T00:30:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Eating, Blessing and Giving Charity

Unity – the Gateway to Judaism

Question: Why was the Torah given to us on Shavuot and not right after leaving Egypt or some other day of the year? Thank you. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Good question. There was a key ingredient that was still missing after the Exodus to merit being given the Torah — complete “unity” amongst the Jewish People. Let [...]

By | 2017-05-24T15:44:46+00:00 May 24th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Unity – the Gateway to Judaism

Jerusalem’s Golden Anniversary

Question: What is "Jerusalem Day" all about, when is it, how is it celebrated and what is it called in Hebrew? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Jerusalem Day – “Yom Yerushalayim” in Hebrew – is an Israeli holiday that commemorates the date when the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount returned to Israeli and Jewish [...]

By | 2017-05-17T08:38:40+00:00 May 17th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Jerusalem’s Golden Anniversary

Lag B’Omer – Celebrating the “Hidden Light”

Question: What is the holiday of Lag B’Omer all about? And when is it this year? Thank you. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Please allow me to answer your second question first. This year, 2017, Lag B’Omer is celebrated beginning Motzei Shabbat May 13 and continues on Sunday, May 14 until nightfall. And what is Lag B’Omer all [...]

By | 2017-05-08T15:28:56+00:00 May 8th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Lag B’Omer – Celebrating the “Hidden Light”

Guilt Feelings for the Guilty?

Question: I have a moral dilemma and want a Rabbi’s point of view please. As a police detective can I trick the person I’m interrogating to think that I’m his friend – a “good cop” – so that he will cooperate and hopefully confess if he’s guilty? Is it morally okay to trick him in [...]

By | 2017-05-03T04:57:32+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Guilt Feelings for the Guilty?

Israel’s Independence Day 2017

Question: When is Israel’s “Independence Day” this year? Also, what is it called in Hebrew and how is it celebrated? AskTheRabbi.org answered: I assume you’re referring to the State of Israel’s date of declaration of independence in 1948. This date was on May 14, 1948 when Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s [...]

By | 2017-04-26T15:23:06+00:00 April 26th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on Israel’s Independence Day 2017

What is Sefirat Ha’omer?

Question: I've heard of Sefirat Ha'omer - counting the Omer. What is this? AskTheRabbi.org answered: The Torah emphasized the link between Passover and Shavuot, the very beginning of the redemption from Egypt and its culmination, through the commandment of Sefirat Ha'omer. We count the days and weeks from the second day of Passover until the [...]

By | 2017-04-19T04:26:25+00:00 April 19th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on What is Sefirat Ha’omer?

Why All the Questions?

Question: What would you say is the most important aspect of the Seder? AskTheRabbi.org answered: More so than any other festival, the Seder-night is dedicated to children, because the Torah dictates that we must tell the history of the Exodus to our children on this night. The Haggada directs us to do many unusual things [...]

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The Passover Haggadah

Question: What is the Haggadah? AskTheRabbi.org answered: The Haggadah is a book that Jews read on the first night of Passover - and on the first two nights outside of Israel. It tells about our slavery in Egypt and the miracles God did for us when freeing us. The word haggadah means "telling," which comes from [...]

By | 2017-04-04T05:45:44+00:00 April 4th, 2017|JustAsk|Comments Off on The Passover Haggadah