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Are certain sins worse than others?

Certain sins are more destructive than others. For example, murder is much more harmful (and its harm is irreversible) than lying. For this reason...

Does the Torah prohibit body-piercing?

The question is very complicated, for there are several prohibitions which piercing borders on. [There is no connection between piercing and tattooing....

Can I find the laws of usury in the Old Testament?

Certainly. The Torah discusses the prohibition against taking interest in many places: Exodus 22:24; Leviticus 25:36-37; and Deuteronomy 23:20-21. (See...

Why does the Hebrew word “chet” (“misdeed”) end with a silent Alef?

The letter Alef, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, alludes to the First and One Being: G-d. When a person does a “chet,” G-d’s...

What should I do if I see someone violating the Torah?

A. The Torah addresses all sides of life, including the idea of “do your own thing.” With the Torah lifestyle, there’s no such thing as...

Can I take revenge if I've been mistreated?

A. To be or to be? Out of the question. Negative Mitzvah #304 says “don’t.” Example: if you ask me for my car, and I say no, you may be...

What is idol worship?

A. Idol worship is a vast sweeping category of badness that human beings must not engage in. B. Idol worship is sometimes referred to as “star...

What is the Jewish view on astrology, witchcraft, and occult practices?

A. The Torah1 outlaws peeking around the curtain concealing the future. Tarot cards, crystal balls, psychics, astrology, horoscopes, seances, and palm...

If I'm sinning, how can I pray to G-d?

Each morning, when we wake up, we say in our prayers, "My G-d, the soul You gave me is pure." No matter what you do with your life, your soul remains...

Why don't Chassidic men shave?

A. Negative Mitzvah #44 states that one should not shave. However, there is wiggle room in Halachah.It is forbidden for a man to shave his face with a...