Responsa

Responsa — Answers to Pertinent Quest...

Jul 28, 2014Comments off

Q: I am a Jew but have also read a little in the area of Buddhist thought. Are Kabbalah and Buddhism in some sense related? How

Buddhism, Chakras and Non-Jewish Sources

May 11, 2014Comments off

Q: I am a Jew but have also read a little in the area of Buddhist thought. Are Kabbalah and Buddhism in some sense related? How

Suffering

May 11, 2014Comments off

Q:  Why do we Suffer? A:  We cannot understand how G-d controls the world. Rabbi Yannai says in Pirkei Avot (4:15) that we do not comprehend why wicked

The Origin of the Hebrew Letters

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: What is the origin of the Hebrew letters?   A: The Talmud and Kabbalah teach that the Hebrew letters used today were those used by Moses.

Karet

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: What is Karet?   A: The Alter Rebbe explains the meaning of karet in the end of chapter 5 of Igeret Hateshuvah. Karet means “to sever.” It

Fingernail Inspection at Havdalah

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: Why do we look at our fingernails during the Havdalah ceremony on Saturday nights?   A: There are many reasons for looking at the fingernails. One

Tzaddikim

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: : I have heard that there are just 36 tzaddikim (righteous individuals) in the world. What about the rest of humanity?   A: There are 36 complete

Fire in Home

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: Over the past year we have had a series of three kitchen fires. I do not know if we should be looking for a message

Evil from the North

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: What is the meaning of the saying that evil begins from the north? A: “Evil begins from the north” is a quote from the verse in

Israel, Zion and Jewish Roots

Mar 31, 2014No Comments

Q: I am very interested in the Jewish exorcism ritual of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Thanks and God be with you! A: Judaism views dibbukim as those negative forces in