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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.

‏I would love to know what is the spiritual meaning for having two “Adar” cycles that are 60 days, instead of 30?

‏I would love to know what is the spiritual meaning for having two “Adar” cycles that are 60 days, instead of 30?

‏Are there any traditional ceremonies or “Mitzvot” that are related to “Purim” that we also preform on “Purim Katan” in Adar A?

‏Are there any traditional ceremonies or “Mitzvot” that are related to “Purim” that we also preform on “Purim Katan” in Adar A?

מדוע לא מסתפרים בר”ח?

מדוע לא מסתפקים בר”ח?

קשר עם ההורים

מאוד הייתי רוצה לדעת להסביר לילד בגיל ההתבגרות מדוע חשוב להיות בקשר עם ההורים, אך כיוון שהוא לומד תורה במוסד דתי הוא לא מוכן לקבל את זה. איך עליי לנהוג? והאם יש באמת לכך הסבר על פי התורה?

לא ליפול להרגלים

איך מיישמים את תובנות התורה בחיי היום יום. הכוונה היא: שלעיתים אנו עסוקים מאד ולחוצים ונאלצים להתמודד בסיטואציות של ביקשנו – מהי הדרך לעצור ולזכור שיש אופציה קלה יותר להתמודדות בלי ליפול להרגלים ישנים של עצבים , חוסר סבלנות וכו

ללמד גויים תורה

האם מותר ללמד גויים שמעוניינים לדעת תורה?

Significance of dreams

I have a friend who’s husband just passed away a few days ago. In the past few months I dreamed three dreams about her, each with a similar message. In the dream I went to Israel and looked for her

שמן זית על זיתים

מה הסיבה שנוהגים לשים שמן זית על זיתים?

זמן הדלקת נרות

אם בעירי נהוג להדליק נרות חצי שעה לפני השקיעה. איך עליי לנהוג במקום בו מדליקים רק 18 דקות לפני שבת?

אמירת שנה טובה לגוי

האם מותר לומר לגוי שנה טובה לרגל ראש השנה שלהם?

Child as tenth in a minyan

Is it the practice in Chabad to use a child as the tenth person for a minyan if he holds a sefer (holy book)?

Lighting a cigarette from a yahrzeit candle

Is it permissible to light a cigarette from a yahrzeit candle that has been lit to commemorate a yahrzeit (anniversary of the death of a Jew)?

Spiritual aids for fertility

I have been trying for a very long time to conceive, and unfortunately have not succeeded. Do you have any advice based on Torah teachings?

Girl lighting Chanukah candles

Shalom Rabbi, I have a question concerning my daughter, who’s eight years old and wants to light a Menorah for Chanukah like her brother. Is it permitted to let her light the Chanukah candles? If not, how can I her

Age for lighting Chanukah candles

From which age is a boy allowed to light Chanukah candles, and at which age should he begin if he has not done so already?

Shalom RabbiIf we want to have a ‘Sheva Brachot’ but there is no wine to be reached now, is it permitted to say the bllesings without wine (6 Brachot) or maybe say the seventh bllesing on beire or vodka ?

Shalom Rabbi If we want to have a ‘Sheva Brachot’ but there is no wine to be reached now, is it permitted to say the bllesings without wine (6 Brachot) or maybe say the seventh bllesing on beire or vodka

Dedications in secular languages

Is it the correct practice to inscribe names of donors in languages other than Hebrew?

Clowning about idol worship

There is a person in our community who constantly ‘clowns’ about people. Is there any halachic solution for this kind of person?

Drying hands with a machine

Is there any problem with drying one’s hands by use of a machine after ritual handwashing?

Age for orphans

Until what age is a person considered an orphan, in terms of the laws relating to being careful not to cause him/her pain, etc.?

Secular date

Is there a problem in writing the secular date at the top of a page?

Counting Jews

Is there a problem with counting Jews according to number, e.g., one, two, three, etc.?

Using “On my life” as an expression

Is there a problem in exclaiming “On my life”? I was told that this may be like swearing.

Abundance of water for handwashing

Is there any basis for pouring water on one’s hands more than three times on each hand during ritual handwashing, in order to arouse abundance from Heaven?

Converting a church into a synagogue

We have been offered a property to use as a synagogue, but there is a great possibility that the place served in the past as a place of ‘worship’ for Christians. Is it permissible to use the property?

Eating and drinking while standing

Is there a problem in eating while standing?

Thinking words of Torah

If I am in a situation where I am unable to learn Torah, is there any purpose to having words of Torah in mind?

Handwashing for an Onen

Is a person allowed to wash his hands in the manner of Jewish ritual while he is in the category of onen (a person whose close relative died and has not been buried yet)?

Eating a fish head on Rosh HaShanah

Shalom to the Institute Rabbis, I have a question about the custom to eat the head of a fish on Rosh HaShanah. Isn’t this an act of pride not in line with the spirit of Judaism? I will be happy

Guests on Rosh Hashanah

Shalom Da’at Institute Rabbis, I enjoyed hearing the classes on your website a lot. I have a small question and would appreciate if you can answer. Due to the fact that Rosh HaShanah is a very serious day, should we