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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
The reason for this is that it is an especially ominous time, as can be seen from the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people
Am I allowed to just take it (using force if necessary), or am I obligated to get permission?
Whenever holiness departs, negative forces try to fill the void.
Even if a pickle jar is marked as containing “kosher pickles,” it does not necessarily mean that the pickles are actually kosher to eat.
And why do we give charity in his name?
In a time of need, some have the custom to give charity for Israel (called tzedakah of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness) and pray, “G‑d of Rabbi Meir, answer me!”
Over the years, many have asked the Rebbe, why he—a staunch supporter of Israel—never moved there or even visited. Here is how the Rebbe responded.
While an action may be halachically permitted, it may not be in keeping with the spirit of Shabbat and is therefore avoided.
Good question. There is a mitzvah in the Torah for a kohen to bless the Jewish people every day with upraised hands. This is called Birkat Kohanim (“Blessing of the Priests”) or Nesiat Kapaim (“Raising the Palms”). This mitzvah is not restricted to Temple...
The main source for this erroneous image seems to come from Christian art during the Renaissance . . .
Why don’t the rabbis know where it is?
I’ve seen lots of theories about the location of Mount Sinai. Is there any validity to those theories? I know that Judaism reveres the Temple Mount as the site of the Holy Temple, but is there any location that Judaism reveres or at least recognizes as Mo...
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