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Judaism in the light of Kabala and Chassidus

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This site presents Judaism according to Chassidut and Kabala. It covers an extensive array of topics, including education and marital harmony, for example.

How to become rich

What do you have to do to become rich?

The wrong person received the service

A person hired a cheap band, but there was another wedding where the families concerned had the same names, and the bands became confused, and now the person is being asked to pay a high price, what should he do?

Where should we sell our chametz?

We live in Argentina and flying to Europe for pesach. Where do we sell our chometz? In Europe, where we’ll be during pesach or in Argentina where we have the chometz? Thank you!

What is the Tachanun prayer?

Hi. Just a simple question that I tried to ask my rabbi today but I never understood his answer and I was to embarrassed to show my ignorance by asking him to explain his answer. I don’t attend Shul services

How many Pesach seders?

I live in Israel and am visiting my family abroad for Pesach. How many sedorim do I keep?

Earning interest on an investment in a company

I want to invest money in an American private company. The company has offered the investment by way of a convertible loan. It is unable to issue stock certificates now. I’d get a promissory note with an option to convert

Praying in English

I know how to read Hebrew but don’t understand what I am reading. Is it better to pray in English?

Lighting Shabbat candles when I’m away from home

if I am traveling and won’t be in my own home, am I obligated to light Shabbos candles?

Is all bread in the supermarket kosher?

Is all bread in the supermarket kosher?

The 4 sons, the 4 cups of wine, & the 4 languages of Redemption in the Passover Haggadah

Shalom & Greetings. I’m giving a class on the Passover Haggadah. Is there a clarifying text of the Rebbe about the parallels between the 4 sons, the 4 cups of wine, & the 4 languages of Redemption? And if there

What does the word “Chabad” mean?

I recently visited a Chabad House. Could you please explain what the word “Chabad” means?

Where not to take G-d’s name

What is the problem in taking into the bathroom the name of God?

Avoiding dangerous route to the synagogue on Shabbat

The congregants of my shul live miles away and the streets have no sidewalks. It could be argued that is is dangerous to walk to shul. Are they permitted to drive to shul on Shabbas?

Mezuzot in a rented apartment

If a Jew rents an apartment from a non-Jew and he leaves, but the next tenant will be a Jew, should he leave the mezuzot in the apartment, even if he did not make such a condition originally, or if

Kneading dough with milk

Is it permissible to knead the dough for a bread roll/bun with milk?

Mohel married to non-Jewess

If a Mohel is married to a non-Jewess, may he perform circumcision?

Saying Kaddish for non-Jew

If prayers or Kaddish are said for a non-Jew, do they elevate his soul?

Jewishness according to the mother

Why is a person’s Jewishness decided according to who the mother is, while the twelve tribes, and the status of Cohen, Levi, or Yisrael, go according to the father?

Pregnant wife of Cohen

Is it permissible for the pregnant wife of a Cohen to do mivtzaim in a hospital, or should she be concerned about the possibility of the presence of the dead?

Baalei Teshuva with friends from the past

My husband and I are baalei-tshuva. My husband keeps contact with friends from his past, some of whom are women, and does not hide it from me. I’m not sure how to deal with this. I understand that one needs

Tefillin without a shirt

Is it permissible to put Tefillin on a person who is not wearing a shirt? is an undershirt enough?

Husband’s unacceptable behaviors

There are things about my husband that are totally unacceptable. He doesn’t get along with my family, argues with them all the time, and when I point it out to him he becomes more angry and insulted. There are other

Women Working on Rosh Chodesh

I understand that on Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the new Jewish month), women are not allowed to perform certain melachot (kinds of work which are forbidden to do on Shabbat and Yomtov), in merit of the fact that they came

Cutting Hair or Nails on Rosh Chodesh

On Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the Jewish month), is it permissible to cut one’s hair or nails?

Family Feud

I am a child in a family where there is a feud between my parents and my uncles, and they are not on speaking terms for several years already, because one side became offended by the other side and vice

Machine-made Tzitzit

There are hand-made Tzitzit available, and there are also machine-made ones available, and of course there is a price difference. According to Chabad custom, is it necessary to acquire hand-made ones, or are machine-made ones kosher for use?

Blessing on Water

The doctor says I must drink several liters of water daily. I carry a bottle of water all day and drink continuously in order to complete the amount I must drink. What is the law regarding blessings?

Pregnant Woman Buying Clothes during the 9 Days

May a pregnant woman whose clothing size is constantly changing, purchase new clothes during the first 9 days of Av?

Pouring Hot Water onto Meat

Is it problematic to pour hot water into a pot in which meaty food is cooking while steam from the food rises up to the kettle, and is it permissible to pour hot water from a kettle into a meaty

Food under Seat when Traveling

If I travel in a train or boat and have food under my seat, can it be eaten?