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שלום וברכה, אני אמריקאי ואישתי ישראלית. גם היא בת 41 ואני בן 37, שנינו בנישואין שניים, בלי עין הרע עם 5 ילידים מתחת גיל 6. הבעיה שלי שאישתי צועקת ומקללת בלי סוף. כל דבר קטן היא מתחילה להתפוצץ ולקחת אותי

Shalom RabbiI have a question concerning my daughter that’s eight years old, she wants to light a Menorah for Hanukkah like her brother’s. Is it permitted to let her light the Hanukkah candles? If not, how can I her explain her that?

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

From witch age is a boy allowed to light Hanukah candles? And from witch age must he light?

From witch age is a boy allowed to light Hanukah candles? And from witch age must he light?

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

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

Shofar by telephone

Shalom & Greetings, It’s difficult for me to go to synagogue on Rosh HaShanah. My elderly friend goes to synagogue with her non-Jewish caretaker. Can I hear the shofar from her phone? I use my phone on Shabbat. Thank you.

Do family traditions always go according to the husband’s family?

I know family traditions go according to the husband’s family, but what about a female tradition from the wife’s mother? Such as: My mother lights Shabbos candles from oil and his lights with candles. Also, she only lights two candles

Are we allowed to ‘pull the plug’ of life support?

Are we allowed to ‘pull the plug’ of life support?

Afraid to build a sukkah

Shalom Da’at Institute Rabbis, We are afraid to build a sukkah by our house because we have neighbors who don’t like Jews. Is our fear of their ridicule enough reason to relieve us of eating in the succah? The synagogue’s

Not decorating the Sukkah

Shalom & Greetings,  I wanted to know what is the reason that in Chabad it’s not a custom to decorate the sukkah. Thank you very much.

Why do chassidic men wear white shirts?

Why do chassidic men wear white shirts?

Baby ointment on Shabbat & holidays

My baby suffers from a rash and I must put ointment on her with each diaper change. What should I do on Shabbat and on Yom Kippur? The condition worsens without ointment.

Is it sufficient to hear 30 blasts of the shofar on Rosh Hashana?

Shalom Da’at Institute Rabbis, I have a young baby and it’s hard for me to be away from home for a long period of time. Is it sufficient to hear 30 blows of the Shofar in synagogue, or must one

Which version of the prayers should I use?

Shalom & Greetings, I have a question, I really enjoy the prayer melodies at the Chabad synagogue nearby, but I am Sephardic. Is there a problem to pray in the holidays not in my family’s traditional way? My father was

Can a Sefardi Jew who prays in an Ashkenazi congegation say Slichot during the month of Elul?

Can a Sefardi Jew who davens in an Ashkenazi shul say Slichot (in private) during the month of Elul?

If one falls asleep before davening Maariv and wakes up before dawn, can he daven Maariv?

If one falls asleep before davening Maariv and wakes up before morning, can he daven Maariv? And if so, would he need to say the morning brachot beforehand or afterwards?

When a person is required to drink on Yom Kippur, what may he drink?

For an ill person who must drink at intervals on Yom Kippur, is water preferable, or is grape juice also allowed?

A healthy balance when it comes to speaking to girls?

I’m 15 years old I wanted to know if there is a healthy balance when it comes to speaking to girls?

Why is kashrut so hard?

Why is kashrut so hard?

Magnets on Shabbat

Could one put on and take off magnets on Shabbat? What about kids games like magnetic tiles?

A Cohen is present, but Yisraelim need aliyot

We have a Cohen in our shul who won’t agree to give up on his honour to be called up first to the Torah (even when there’s a special occasion like a Bar Mitzva, etc.) What can I do in

Sewing during the 9 Days

During the first nine days of Av, girls in summer camps are sometimes given embroidery as an activity. Are we allowed to mend old clothes during the nine days? Are we allowed to sew on buttons that have fallen during

Meat sink by the dairy counter

Hey Rabbi, I was wondering what’s the right thing to do, since I have two sinks in my kitchen, one next to the other and one is smaller than the other. The bigger sink is on the side of my

Wiping dishes on Shabbat

is it allowed to wipe washed kitchen utensils?

Should children and women come to the synagogue on Shavuot to hear the Ten Commandments?

Shavuot is coming, and i would like to know if also children and women have to come to the synagogue to hear the ASERET HA DIBROT, or is it only for men?

Studying in a place of immodesty and promiscuity

Is it permissible to study in a college where there is immodesty and promiscuity, if I am careful to behave according to Torah standards of sexual morality and am careful not to look at immodest sights?

Visiting the Ohel of the Rebbe

Why do some Chabad Chassidim not believe in visiting the current Rebbe at the Ohel?

Why eat dairy products on Shavuot?

Hello Rabbi, I would like to know why we eat dairy products on Shavuot.

Wearing clothing that was bought during Sefirat Ha’Omer

If clothing that I need are bought during the period of Sefirat Ha’Omer, when can I where them?