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Today is April 17, 2014
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Belief: God made world, runs it. Remember that we don’t always see big picture. (14 words, 80 characters) link to similar

Kashrut is: following Torah laws for eating. Turns eating from physical to spiritual. Is not: for health reasons, or food blessed by rabbi. (23 words, 140 characters) link to similar

Shabbat: God rested, so do we. (6 words, 30 characters) link to similar

Tzniut: More than clothes, it’s how we present ourselves to world. Modesty both in dress and in actions. (18 words, 104 characters) link to similar
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At this time of year, if you ask a question, you may notice that we are a little slower in responding or posting answers than usual - that is because we are entering the season of Pesach (Passover), the celebration of liberation and Redemption, the time of the re-telling of the story of the Exodus. This is a major Jewish holiday season, and our panelists (volunteers who are also busy rabbis) have to focus on the holiday and events in their own communities and families. Please feel free to submit questions, but we ask you to understand when it takes us a little longer to get to them.  
For all those who celebrate Passover, we wish you a happy, meaningful, liberating, and redemptive holiday! For those who celebrate Easter, we wish you a joyous holy season. For those who celebrate other holiday events at this time of year, we offer you our wishes for good and joyful holidays. And for those who celebrate none of these, we wish you a good and pleasant season. 
The Jewish Values Online Team

Teaching children self esteem.

Does G-d trully create soul mates?

Mean to a sibling? How do I know when I am?

Is one obliged to inform a seller of the value of an item?

How long one should date before getting married?

Gun Control?

Respecting the Law of the Land?

Use/Abuse Homeless Guests in Synagogue for Publicity?

What does Judaism say about intermarriage?

God He? What language do we use, & what does it mean?

What is the Jewish response to natural tragedy?

How do I measure whether I'm living up to what God expects?

Are we judged by G-d for our thoughts and fantasies?

Obsessed with Money?

Obligation to Exercise?

Hiring or asking someone to say Kaddish for your relative?

Resonsibility for a neighbor going through hard times?

What do I do with suspected stolen goods I bought?

Grieving family after losing son to a drug overdose.

For inclusion purposes & Israeli citizenship, who is a Jew?

Crossing a line when chating on the internet.

How re-gain trust & be believed after lying?

How long is too long to date before engagement?

Stem Cell Research?

Sexual roles: is female domination okay?

Kosher options on the road?

What to do about restricting Jewish religious expression?

Can art be seperated from vile views of the artist?

Dirty Donation?

Family diversity: Observant VS Not Observant?

What is the Torah view on recycling?

What is the position on "embryo reduction"?

Is there an obligation to vote pro-Israel?

If my friend is cheating on her spouse, what should I do?

Breaking the news that I'm now a Jew!

Asking for Forgiveness?

Jewish values on breeding dogs as a business?

All sinners, all the time? Are we failures in religion?

Tree & Santa in Shul at Christmas for Homeless guests?

Why does G-d let suffering repeat?

How important is it to be buried in a Jewish cemetery?

Obligation to Last Wishes?

Is the timing of an unveiling set by Jewish law?

Marital obligation to my spouse diagnosed dementia?

Is the religious divide to great to respect each other?

Is there universal acceptance of any process of conversion?

Jewish values about being a sperm donor to a couple?

Modesty and appearance for unmarried young adults?

What the #?%*! Boycott Israel?

How far should I push with learning Torah?

Required to Perform on Shabbat - What now?

Are there rules for placing a Ner Tamid?

Jew by Choice

Must we mourn the temple's destruction?

Why do women cover their eyes when lighting Shabbat candles?

Marriage to fulfill a mitzvah more important than for love?


Watching porn? Judging others? What is worse?

Grieving Mom

Must I fix my relationship with my son?

Can a single women use IVF?

How does the concept of “tzedakah” apply to government?

What is the view on illegal immigration in Israel?

Is “Freedom of Speech” a Torah/Jewish value?

What is the meaning of 'my prayers are with you' in Judaism?

Jewish woman wearing short shorts or bikinis?

What about TV? Should we refrain?

Discussing political issues in religious terms.

Should a Rabbi engage in political speech from the bima?

Photos on Headstones?

What makes a Jews' compliance to ethics uniquely Jewish?

How much food on Shabbat is too much?

Internet Infidelity?

Jewish perspective on how to debate political matters?

Dressing Tznius (modesty).

How should employers treat employees?

What obligation to care for aging parents?

Can you lie to your boss to get another job?

How honest must I be in a recommendation?

Obligation to children in will?

Ritual status of person whose job is to deal with the dead?

Bad situation vs a good situation?

Addiction to cybersex?

What is the ideal way to give tzedakah, charity?

Can a Jew be buried with a tattoo?

What does Judaism tell me about sexual urges?

Can Jews of one ethnicity adopt customs of another?

Why on Sukkot do we focus on huts?

Can a Jew and non Jew be married synagogue?

Is being trustworthy a mitzvah?

Is a medical test that mixes human and animal cells okay?

Surrogate Mother?

Is there a specific obligation to vote?

Am I a Jew?

The Kotel: how far is too far? Who gets to say?

Whose conversions are accepted in Israel?

Do woman have the same obligations as men in prayer?

When to light Shabbat candles?

When must one reveal that they are a convert?

Are Body Farms Permissable?

Are we obligated to give to the homeless?

Are some Jewish people not suited to marriage?

Jewish view on resurrection of the dead - physical status?

Are combat sports like boxing okay?

My mother is not Jewish - my father is Jewish.

Electric Shabbat and Havdalah Candles?

Why is there a tradition to say chapters of Tehillim?

My Boss insists only 1 hour for lunch break.

Sex in public?

Is there an obligation to leave a country dangerous to Jews?

Holding an unveiling service on a holiday!

Invitation to an Unveiling?

Leap Year AGAIN?

Is it Okay to sell an unkosher Torah?

What constitutes adultery?

Is recycling and saving the planet a mitzvah?

V’ahavta l’Reacha Kamocha

In a pinch, ok to use a phone app for praying on Shabbat?

Must we honor an abusive parent?

What is the Jewish view regarding abortion?

Are we required to move to Israel?

Was Moses a Bad Father and/or Spouse?

Shaving with a razor instead of an electric shaver?

Stand up for Israel

When can you postpose a brit milah?

Judaism - Who is the mother?

“what’s in it for me” Torah observance?

Commemorating Jewish Days of Tragedy.

What if it looks non-kosher?

Can Masorti converts wed in an Orthodox shul?

When donate clothes of the deceased?

What is the significance Tu B'Av?

Jewish views on mixed-breed animals?

Intermarriage Problem?

Jewish wedding, unkosher food??

Why are closed adoptions discouraged?

Dangerous Facebook post by teen.

Supporting public schools, beyond my tax dollars?

Are there any parts of a kosher bird that are not kosher?

Is aguna a non-orthodox concern?

What does Judaism say about naming a child?

Jewish view on testing using healthy persons?

No relations - Divorce?

Genetic testing to establish Jewishness?

Assisted living dining together

Can a single mother with a child be accepted as a spouse?

Balancing Mitzvot

Should a minority impose their wishes on the majority?

Why not cremation?

Share scientific truths about global warming?

Strange Customs?

Must I attend High Holiday services?

In Judaism, OK to lie to court to prevent death penalty?

Who decides who is Jewish?

Is it Kosher to mix vegan 'cheese' and meat?
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