Question: This Chanukah I plan to visit relatives who are newly-observant and have learned a lot about Judaism, while I have not yet learned as much and would like to be "up to speed" when it comes to observing Chanukah properly with them. Would you please tell me about the observance of Chanukah in a [...]
Question: I was wondering about how Judaism views the issue of not speaking negatively about others when dealing with clinical therapy. Are there parameters governing what may and may not be said during therapy? For instance, what if I’m having trouble with my dad or my sister, and there are issues about them that I [...]
Rabbi Becher describes his Thanksgiving weekend, which he spent at the Agudath Yisrael Convention in Connecticut. View this video directly on Vimeo.
As the weather gets colder one of the things that I have been thinking of is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and chapped. I use a hand cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can actually feel the fabric catching on my skin! I cannot help thinking that [...]
Question: Hi Rabbi. Do observant Jews celebrate Thanksgiving Day? I “thank you” in advance for taking my question! AskTheRabbi.org answered: Most American Jews observe Thanksgiving the same way most Americans do. They take the day off from work and use it as a time to gather with their family. In addition, they may offer a [...]
I did a lot of traveling over summer – I was in Israel, Vietnam, Thailand, Sicily and Southern Italy. It was incredibly helpful and convenient to my phone with me. I was able to be in contact with the other people in the group with whom I was traveling; I was able to be in [...]
Prayer as an Encounter with G-d View this video directly on Vimeo.
In this week's Parsha, Jacob brings his father a surprise gift while impersonating his twin brother. Tune in to Harry Rothenberg's Parsha Blog to find out what it was. View this video directly on VIMEO
Question: Dear Rabbi, I have a relative who is an alcoholic. He has minimal income and spends his money on his addiction — and then turns to me to help out with bills and normal basic needs such as medical or dental expenses. What do you suggest I do? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Being merciful and [...]
What did Yitzchak see in his son Esau that he favored him over his son Jacob? View this video directly on Vimeo.