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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 regret what I did, since I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong at the time. ...

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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: Praying while facing east is a type of misconception. I also know many people who have such decorative ...

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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 out supplies from the UN? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: A great man once said, "When I was young I ...

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Ask The Rabbi: 8 Reasons for 8 Days

Question: The Chanuka miracle: A flask with one night’s oil burned for 8 nights. But being that there was oil for one night, the miracle actually lasted only 7 nights. So why is Chanuka 8 nights? AskTheRabbi.org answered: Good question! I'll give you 8 reasons. They divided one night’s oil into eight portions. Miraculously, each portion lasted an entire night. The Greeks ransacked the Temple many days in search of oil to defile. ...

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