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Rochel Chein

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Mrs. Rochel Chein is a member of the chabad.org Ask the Rabbi team.
My family and I met with an Orthodox rabbi and his wife the other day. I noticed that the rabbi shook hands with me but not with my wife, and that his wife shook hands with my wife, but not with me. What’s the big deal about men and women shaking hands? I...
I read in the verse that Passover is in the, “…month of Aviv.” But I cannot seem to find it in the Jewish calendar. When is the Jewish month of Aviv?
Hi, If I know someone is going to be away from their community for business over the holiday of Purim, is it appropriate to send the Purim gifts of food by mail? Answer: There is a discussion among authorities on Jewish law whether one can fulfill the obl...
Did Joseph’s brother’s ever own up to their father about the crime they committed against their younger brother?
We keep a Kosher home and are very active in our local synagogue. Our oldest child is married to a Catholic, our middle is mildly interested in Judaism and our youngest has absolutely no interest. How does one change another's thinking? How can I try to r...
In Judges the verse (3:15) says that Ehud was left handed. Why was that point brought out in the scriptures?
Many psalms start with the phrase “For the Conductor.” Is that a reference to G‑d? If not, what does it refer to?
Question: I am a victim of slander. A woman at my office has been saying things about me that make me look bad. I thought that she was my friend, and I am shocked that she would talk about me in such a way! Doesn't Judaism forbid this kind of talk? Respon...
According to the Talmud, Pharaoh's dreams and the release of Joseph from prison occurred on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the year. On that day, G‑d determines the fate of the world...
Question: Why do some people open their hands during the Ashrei prayer? Answer: According to the Talmud Berachot 4b., this prayer is recited three times every day partly because it contains the verse “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every liv...
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