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Y. Eliezer Danzinger

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Rabbi Eliezer Danzinger, first content editor for KabbalaOnline.org, is the translator and editor of several important chassidic texts. He also serves as the Jewish chaplain for York Central Hospital, and for numerous Federal prisons. Rabbi Danzinger currently resides in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Yehudis, and their children.
Dear Rabbi, If an Orthodox Jew is found guilty by a court of law in the United States, does that person forfeit certain benefits of being Jewish? I f so, please cite the section of the Bible where this is stated. Thank you. Rob Shalom Rob, Can you elabora...
Question: Who or what are the 36 holy people? I get the gist of such people being alive at one time, but are they still around? What is their purpose? Is it all a mystery? Response: Our holy books say that every generation actually has a minimum (there ma...
Question: I am owed money by Jews for goods and services provided over the past few months on credit. I expected all of the outstanding invoices to have been paid by Rosh Hashanah, but it’s beginning to look like some will not be paid by then. I did not l...
In general, the laws of kosher are for (Jewish) humans, not for animals. There are, however, two sorts of non-kosher food that we are not only forbidden to eat, but we are also forbidden to derive any benefit from: 1) Chametz on Passover. (Click here for ...
A closer look at a 3,300 year-old environmental protecttion law
Question: I've heard it said that after the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, the rabbis banned any Jew from living in Spain—punishable by excommunication. Is this true? Answer: Recent halachic authorities have discussed this question extensively. Re...
How did an Egyptian princess give her adpoted son a Hebrew name?
How did an Egyptian princess give her adpoted son a Hebrew name?
Question: Why did Joseph die before his brothers? After all, he was the second youngest. According to the mitzvot he did – honoring his father and being his brethren's savior – should he not have lived a long life? Why did his brothers outlive him? Answer...
shem In Judaism, mentioning the name of G‑d is a big deal—as evidenced by the fact that the third of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not take the name of the L-rd, your G‑d, in vain." (Click here for more on G‑d's names.) It is permitted to pronounce a...
In the Talmud, Sanhedrin 24b. the rabbis take a dim view about gambling. Besides being a risky enterprise financially, and addictive, the rabbis say that the winner is really a loser. Morally speaking that is. How so? Because the fellow with the inferior ...
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