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Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin responds to questions for Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi service.
Am I allowed to just take it (using force if necessary), or am I obligated to get permission?
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.
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...
“Six thousand years is the world, and it is in ruins one [thousand], as it is stated: ‘The L‑rd alone shall be exalted on that day’”
But how about men immersing regularly in a mikvah? There are two primary reasons why, even nowadays, many men immerse.
The name is based on the verse in Psalms, “Bind [the] festival [offering] with cords to the corners of the altar.”
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