Halacha - Jewish Law

Mikveh Matters: Letters to a Rav

“I wish to share with you my initial hesitancy in writing this letter. Rabbi Shalom Messas zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Morocco and later Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, related that he had never been asked a single Taharat HaMishpachah question from any woman during the duration of his leadership in Morocco. The women of Morocco were […]

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Donkey, Elephant or Jew?

[To understand this message, you must have an open mind and heart. For those who have not yet reached the level of sophistication to look at the world from outside their comfort zone, I echo the warning of our Master the Rambam: the following words will only bring upon you anger and pain.] There can […]

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Don’t Be Mainstream

It is too often that I am asked “why can you not just be a mainstream rabbi?” To which I always respond: “what is mainstream in Judaism?” The answer? “What everyone else does!”. If the Jewish people believed that numbers created a mainstream one would be compelled to follow: 1. We would have to give […]

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Gimmel Tammuz: Personal Struggles

I have been struggling immensely after a conversation with a dear friend. Traditional Jewish phrases have been altered to include foreign concepts, but then we are blamed for lack of unity when we voice concern over them. For example… What used to universally be: “Give Nachat to our Creator” has now been replaced with “Give […]

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Halacha - Jewish Law

Be A Knowledgeable Jew!

                In the Jewish world, literacy used to be a source of pride. Ignorance was shunned and enlightenment was chosen. I am constantly taken aback by how – seemingly – religious Jews are obsessed with publicly displaying their ignorance of Hashem’s legal system. There are very clear guidelines […]

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