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Why did Eliezer touch Avraham's thigh when he made an oath?

Question: Why did Abraham have his house servant take an oath by putting his hand under his thigh? What did the thigh symbolize? Thanks, Todd G....

Why were the Sages permitted to add 'fences' to Torah laws?

Question: Saying that "fences" can be put around the Torah, however, also suggests that such additions are not necessarily from G-d. Therefore, it is...

If Torah law is absolute, then why does it seem to have changed through the generations?

Question: I understand the logic behind belief in G-d. However, in trying to become more observant I find that I am wrestling with two points.1....

Which mitzvahs does a left-handed person do differently?

The rules for a lefty are simple:A left-handed male wears Tefillin on his right arm. The Torah insinuates that Tefillin go on your weaker arm.Every...

The Fuel Crisis

It is safe to say that fuel moves the world. Since the production of energy requires fuel, without it the world would come to a screeching standstill....

When Doing a Mitzvah is Hypocritical

Often times we are faced with an “ethical dilemma”: is it hypocritical to resolve to do a particular mitzvah when overall I remain...

A discussion about various challenges facing the newly-observant Jew

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?MM0566: Hi, do you answer more serious questions on this site? I...

A discussion regarding partial observance of Mitzvahs and more

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Yocheved: my mother works for this organization thingy which helps...

We're starting to keep kosher, can we start with small "baby steps"?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Beginner: we're just starting to 'keep kosher,' do...

Why are there so many Mitzvahs?

Mrs. Tzivie Greenberg: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Themanwithaquestion: I heard that the Jewish religion has more...