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Joseph’s Dreams

Joseph's Dreams Question: If Joseph knew that his brothers would get envious, why did he tell them about his dream? Answer: Joseph's dreams were no ordinary dreams, rather he understood that where in fact a prophecy of sorts. That being the case he was obligated to share his dream and it's message with his brothers, even if it would have undesirable results. Ultimately it was his telling of the dream that l ...

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Denying Validity of the Zohar

Question: Kevod hoRav, Recently I came across a learned man who denies the authenticity of the Zohar hakadosh. Would that render him a mummar be'dovor echod? Answer: The Zohar has been accepted as an integral part of Torah Shebal Peh by the greatest leaders and minds of the Jewish people for many hundreds of years, including the Shulchan Aruch himself who is the the basis for practical halacha and Jewish la ...

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Saving Goyim

Question: Ever since I saw the gemara in avodah zarah about lo maalin velo moridin, I was wondering whether this gemara applies to the goyim of our times? Thank you very much! Answer: See Shulchan Aruch Y:D 157:1, from this halacha it emerges that in our day and age where in every civilized society it is a moral obligation to save someone from harm, and not doing so will likely be publicized and cause much ...

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Torah Ethics and Kefira

Question: Shalom, There is a Rabbi in the Yeshiva I attend who was asked a question regarding the morals and ethics of the Torah, i.e. enslaving people and how the morals of the Torah are against society and how to cope with that... The Rabbi responded that he has 2 possible answers to the question. (1. We don't care about society's morals, the Torah's morals are all that matter, so it doesn't bother me tha ...

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Age of the universe and kefira

Age of the universe and kefira Question: Hello, I am wondering what the status is of believing that the worlds is billions of years old. I have heard this from many people, but have also heard from others that it is heresy. Is the issue just hashkafic, or also halachik?If it is heresy, what is the status of a person who holds these views? Would it be permissible to say that perhaps the universe is billions ...

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Life insurance and Emunah

Life insurance and Emunah Question: Would it be permissible for someone to purchase life insurance or would it be considered a reflection in lack of belief and faith in Hashem. Many thanks. Answer: Purchasing life insurance is a totally acceptable form of hishtadlus, and in no way demonstrates a lack of Emunah and Bitachon. Sources: See Igros Moshe, Orach Chayim 2:111; see also Orach Chayim4:48 , Shu"t Yech ...

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The Necessity of Primary Sources in Psak Halacha

Question: The Pischei Teshuva (Y.D. 242:8) suggests the possibility that nowadays - that we have commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch - to issue a hora'ah based solely on an understanding of the Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries is not a violation of "moreh mitoch mishnaso", as the commentaries explain the sevaros behind the laws in the Shulchan Aruch. However, the Aruch Hashulchan points out (ibid 36) that ...

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Moshiach

Question: Is one meant to know when Moshiach will come and hopw it will happen? Is one meant to learn the Neviim where it states what will be at the end of times or wait for it to happen and just do teshuvah and maasim tovim? Answer: We are not meant to know when Moshiach will come. Rather, as you say, to so Tshuva and Maasim Tovim and eagerly anticipate his arrival. One certainly could, and should, learn N ...

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Chizkiyahu’s seal and Archeology

Question: Archaeologists recently discovered a seal stamped with the signet of Chizkiyahu HaMelech. This seal features an image of the sun with wings. How could the righteous king Chizkiyahu have a celestial image on his seal? Answer: Firstly, the images present no halachic prohibition of drawing celestial images as this is not a drawing of the sun, rather a body with wings that represents the sun. Why a Je ...

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Inviting Reform Rabbi to Speak

Question: I believe that inviting a reform rabbi to speak at our outreach center along side me on issues like..... insights into the meaning and value of shabbos or perhaps the akaida ect .. will attract large numbers of non religious college students that would other wise not come to events.. is this permitted. Answer: A person with heretical views should not be given a platform to speak or teach students. ...

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