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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, for the Holiday season, 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 High Holidays, the celebration of Creation, the sovereignty of Hashem, and the time of Judgment, Atonement, and Forgiveness. 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 this season, we wish you a happy, meaningful, and good holiday season, and a year of blessings! For those who celebrate other holiday events, at this time of year or other times, we offer you our wishes for blessings, good and peace. And for those who do not celebrate religious holidays, we wish you a good and pleasant season, and good things in your life). 
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Parent's right to try to persuade?

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

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Use/Abuse Homeless Guests in Synagogue for Publicity?

Teaching children self esteem.

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Baby Naming

Jewish views on genetic selection for children?

Respecting the Law of the Land?

Kosher options on the road?

Can adulterers marry after proper divorce?

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How long one should date before getting married?

Jewish values on breeding dogs as a business?

Modesty and appearance for unmarried young adults?

I discovered Jewish heritage in my family - now what?


Pressure to marry 'Jewish' racism & cause for anti-Semitism?

Marital obligation to my spouse diagnosed dementia?

How far should I push with learning Torah?

Is there an obligation to vote pro-Israel?

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Jewish values about being a sperm donor to a couple?

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Jewish stance on mourning an abusive parent?

Can art be seperated from vile views of the artist?

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Can a non-practicing mom raise a Jewish child? Should she?

Breaking the news that I'm now a Jew!

Using a false identity to post things online?

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Should I write about Jewish law on a sex worker's blog?

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Does family Jewish heritage long ago make me a Jew?

Should Jewish leaders criticize Israel's policies in public?

Why don't some Ultra-Orthodox Jews celebrate Yom Haatzmaut?

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

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

Who can follow a Mitzvah?

Can a Jew enter a Church?

What the #?%*! Boycott Israel?

Tree & Santa in Shul at Christmas for Homeless guests?

Dirty Donation?

Why does G-d let suffering repeat?

Asking for Forgiveness?

Do we celebrate a conversion?

Family diversity: Observant VS Not Observant?

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

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What does Yom Haatzmaut mean to American Jews?

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Who can serve as a Jewish witness at a wedding?

How much food on Shabbat is too much?

Required to Perform on Shabbat - What now?

Why do women cover their eyes when lighting Shabbat candles?

Can you lie to your boss to get another job?

Can you say Kaddish for someone not buried?

Jewish woman wearing short shorts or bikinis?

What is the view on illegal immigration in Israel?

Jew by Choice

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Can just part of a family convert to Judaism?

Must I fix my relationship with my son?

What makes a Jews' compliance to ethics uniquely Jewish?

Discussing political issues in religious terms.

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How should employers treat employees?

Jewish perspective on how to debate political matters?

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Are there rules for placing a Ner Tamid?

Can a single women use IVF?

Grieving Mom

Jewish ethical obligation to tell co-worker to fly right?

Dressing Tznius (modesty).

Must we mourn the temple's destruction?

Marriage to fulfill a mitzvah more important than for love?

Photos on Headstones?

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


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Is being trustworthy a mitzvah?

Is there a specific obligation to vote?

Do woman have the same obligations as men in prayer?

How honest must I be in a recommendation?

Are we obligated to give to the homeless?

Can Jews of one ethnicity adopt customs of another?

Can a Jew and non Jew be married synagogue?

What can and can't I do regarding Shabbat in the U.S. Army?

What is the ideal way to give tzedakah, charity?

Whose conversions are accepted in Israel?

Bad situation vs a good situation?

Am I a Jew?

Veteran's Day is an opportunity to honor our veterans?

Can we benefit from past atrocities and war crimes?

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

How come dairy (taken from animals) can't touch meats?

Better to convert or to marry and have children first?

When to light Shabbat candles?

Surrogate Mother?

Why on Sukkot do we focus on huts?

Addiction to cybersex?

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

Are Body Farms Permissable?

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Are African American converts accepted within Judaism?

What does Judaism tell me about sexual urges?

When must one reveal that they are a convert?

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Can a Jew be buried with a tattoo?

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What is my Jewish name?

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Obligation to children in will?

Holding an unveiling service on a holiday!

May a Gentile attend Jewish services?

Is it Okay to sell an unkosher Torah?

V’ahavta l’Reacha Kamocha

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Commemorating Jewish Days of Tragedy.

Leap Year AGAIN?

Are we required to move to Israel?

Jewish view on resurrection of the dead - physical status?

When can you postpose a brit milah?

My mother is not Jewish - my father is Jewish.

Judaism - Who is the mother?

What constitutes adultery?

What is the Jewish view regarding abortion?

Shaving with a razor instead of an electric shaver?

Invitation to an Unveiling?

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

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What if it looks non-kosher?

Was Moses a Bad Father and/or Spouse?

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In Jewish view, must a captain go down with his ship?

Sex in public?

Electric Shabbat and Havdalah Candles?

Are some Jewish people not suited to marriage?

Stand up for Israel

My Boss insists only 1 hour for lunch break.

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What is the significance Tu B'Av?

No relations - Divorce?

Should a minority impose their wishes on the majority?

Jewish view on testing using healthy persons?

Why are closed adoptions discouraged?

Why not cremation?

Intermarriage Problem?

Genetic testing to establish Jewishness?

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When donate clothes of the deceased?

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Supporting public schools, beyond my tax dollars?

Jewish views on mixed-breed animals?

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Assisted living dining together

Dangerous Facebook post by teen.

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Strange Customs?
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