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Q. The lobbies at my apartment complex are decorated in holiday fashion, and they’ve asked me to include an electric, decorative Menorah within their Christian display. Is that where a Menorah belongs?

A. The Mitzvah of Menorah is to publicize the miracle and spread the light. A main lobby with lots of passersby seems like a great place to do it.  Think of how it will fill the hearts of Jews with … Read the rest

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 Q. I need to be in Court as a witness. How do I deal with the Oath on a Bible?

A. You can choose to AFFIRM instead of the Oath, which has the legal ramifications but does not have the same religious implications. This is commonly done. Or, if the issue is the Bible. most Courts will allow you to … Read the rest

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Q. My uncle has a tattoo, can he be buried in a Jewish cemetery?

A. I get this question all the time, and the answer is Yes. While Jewish Law forbids permanent tattoos, and that’s clear in the Torah – having one does not disqualify a Jew from being buried among his/her people. You … Read the rest

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Q. Honest Weights & Measures seems like an old rule, where do we see it today?

A. Gas Stations are one place. Look closely at the pump and you’ll find a sticker from some County Dept certifying that the pump is accurate. If not, how would you know that you indeed pumped 10 gallons? Maybe it … Read the rest

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Q. What is a ‘Baal Teshuvah’?

A. Literally: ‘a master of return’. It refers to those who make meaningful transformative life-changes to a more religiously observant lifestyle.… Read the rest

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Q. I’m writing a paper on the advantages of Youth, I need a few Torah quotes.

A. For starters here’s a few quotes:
(1) “Those who study AS a child are compared to ink written on fresh paper” – Avot 5:20 (2) “For Israel is young, therefore I love him” – Hosea 11:1 (3) “The studies … Read the rest

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Q. Is the number 42 special in Judaism?

A. Actually it is. The Jews rested / camped in 42 places on their way from the Exodus to the Land of Israel. Also, one of our prayers, “Ana B’Koach” said on Friday Night, has mystical background, and is comprised … Read the rest

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Q. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

A. Why not? It is the most universal of all American holidays. Jews celebrate Thanksgiving everyday, as we have a multitude of blessings and prayers thanking G-d for all the good in our lives. Our family hasn’t always had Turkey, … Read the rest

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Q. Is there anything about Democracy in Today’s America that you think isn’t good for the Jews?

A. There’s something I think is no good for all of us, not only Jews. Because American education has gradually removed any mention of G-d from the picture (although the Declaration of Independence* does feature G-d prominently) there can be … Read the rest

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Q. Is America good for the Jews?

A. It’s easier to be Jewish here than anywhere else in the 2000 year Diaspora (excluding modern Israel of course). It’s also easier to assimilate here than ever before. So while America is good for the Jews, it is up … Read the rest

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