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Vidal Bekerman

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Rabbi Vidal Bekerman and his wife Chanah Leah are Co-Directors of the Chabad Center at their alma mater—York University in Toronto, Ontario.
Question: I’ve recently stumbled upon a Q&A on your site that explains the reason why many Orthodox Jews write “G‑d” (with a hyphen), as opposed to “God.” I was wondering, does this rule apply across the board—whether writing by hand or typing on a co...
Question: In our next Rosh Chodesh study group we will share thoughts on Jewish phobias. I am aware of many secular phobias. Can you please direct me to sources to explore Jewish contexts. Thank you for any help you can give. Answer: Thanks for contacting...
Unlike mammals, the Torah does not specify signs to differentiate between kosher and non-kosher birds. The Torah (Deuteronomy 14:11-21) lists twenty-four types of forbidden fowl (eg. owl). All other fowl are assumed to be kosher (eg. chicken). The sages o...
The practice of not marrying someone with the same name as one’s own parent is a tradition mentioned in the Testament of Rabbi Yehudah HeChassid.
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