Tuesday 15 October 2019

Torah

Ask The Rabbi – How To Treat A Convert

HOW TO TREAT A CONVERT Q. How should we treat a convert – to Judaism, and away from Judaism? A. The convert to Judaism must be...

Re’eh- Kosher World

At the core of Jewish identity lies Kosher dietary laws and kosher eating. Almost every “identified” Jew maintains some minimal standard of a kosher...

Ask the Rabbi – Abortion

ABORTION Q. Does Judaism permit abortions? A. Judaism regards children as a blessing and procreation as a religious and moral obligation. Through children, a couple cements their...

Ask The Rabbi – Is Judaism Right For Me? 

Is Judaism Right For Me?  Dear Rabbi I am very interested in converting over to Judaism. I was raised Christian, but havefound it is not for...

Bilam’s Lessons of Jewish History

Bilam and Balak’s conspiracy to halt the Jewish advance dominates most of parshat Balak even though the story could easily have been summarized in a few brief verses. Bilam’s prophecies are included, in part, because...

Torah reading: Balak

MAY JACOB CRITICIZE THE TENTS OF OTHERS? Parashat Balak quotes Bilam's praise of Israel – "How goodly are your tents, O Jacob: your dwelling places,...

Ask The Rabbi – Recording Boris: Right or Wrong?

Dear Rabbi Is it ever right to listen in on someone else’s conversations? I have been having this debate with my wife – a die...

Ask the Rabbi – Organ Donation

ORGAN DONATION Q. What is the Jewish view of organ donation? A. Organ donation involves two related but sometimes conflicting principles – the duty to preserve...

Too Much or Too Little ?

The mighty fall fast and fall hard! Parshat Behaalotecha begins by showcasing a a confident nation, primed to enter to land of destiny and...

Shavu’ot features

NOT COMMANDMENTS Central to Shavu’ot is the Revelation on Mount Sinai, where God gave "Aseret HaDibrot" (Ex. 20:1-14). We call them "The Ten Commandments" in English,...

Ask The Rabbi – Can My Rabbi Change His Tune?

Can My Rabbi Change His Tune?  Dear Rabbi I attend my synagogue each week and all the Rabbi ever talks about is either Israel or national...

Ask The Rabbi – B’RACHAH OR KIDDUSH?

B’RACHAH OR KIDDUSH? Q. In South Africa the refreshments after a Shabbat service are called a "b’rachah". Elsewhere it is a "kiddush". Which one is...

Ask The Rabbi – HANDLING YOUR EMPLOYEES

HANDLING YOUR EMPLOYEES Q. What does the Talmud mean when it says that whoever acquires a servant acquires a master over himself? A. The source is...

Ask The Rabbi – 08/05/2019

Dear Rabbi I enjoy your column online and I seek your advice. This week communities around the world commemorate Yom Hazikoron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Many...

Torah reading: Acharei Mot

IT ALL ADDS UP A major portion of this week's sidra recurs in the Torah readings on Yom Kippur morning and afternoon since it describes...

Ask the Rabbi – What is the question?

WHAT IS THE QUESTION? Abraham Joshua Heschel said that our generation knows the answers but has forgotten the questions. With regard to Pesach we know that...

Ask The Rabbi – Help! My Daughter Owns Chametz!

Help! My Daughter Owns Chametz! Dear Rabbi My daughter runs the in-store bakery at our big local supermarket. Every morning she cycles in at 7AM so...

Torah from Israel, Shabbat Hagadol : Bridging between Creation and Redemption

Shabbat Hagadol plays a colorful role in the rich heritage of the Pesach holiday. At the heart of the Shabbat Hagadol lore lies a distinctive shiur or sermon geared toward...

Ask The Rabbi – PESACH PRICE FIXING

PESACH PRICE FIXING Dear Rabbi I think you’ve been asked this before. Why are Pesach prices so much more expensive than kosher food throughout the rest...

Torah reading: Sh’mini

THE EIGHTH DAY After the Tabernacle was erected it was not until the eighth day that the Divine Presence was officially there (Rashi on Lev....