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Rabbi Shlomo Chein

Rabbi Shlomo T. Chein was ordained at the Institute for Rabbinic Studies in Melbourne Australia and then spent time teaching various subjects in Judaism at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is the Director of Chabad @ UC S. Cruz in California.


Rabbi Chein is the senior editor of AskMoses.com.


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What is Tu b'Shvat?

Tu b'Shvat (lit. the 15th of Shevat) is the "New Years" for trees. 1  A fruit which blossomed before the 15th of Shevat is considered to be produce of the previous year. If it blossomed afterwards, it is produce of the new year. 2 Why is this so? In the Mediterranean region 3 , the rainy...

Is sushi Kosher?

Any kosher fish (i.e. it has fins and scales), is kosher whether it is raw or cooked. However, even if the fish is kosher other ingredients found in sushi, as well as its place and/or method of preparation, can render it unkosher. So you have two options for kosher sushi: a) make it yourself with kosher...

Why do we have a SEVEN day period of intense mourning for a deceased family member?

The concept of a seven-day mourning period was instituted by Moses. 1 While the Torah does not mandate a seven-day mourning period (it is considered a rabbinic ordinance, Moses being the Rabbi in this case), there are numerous references in the Torah for seven days of mourning. 1. G-d mysteriously waited...

How is Simchat Torah celebrated?

Simchat Torah is known as Yom Tov . It is observed as a period of rest much like Shabbat . Work that is prohibited on Shabbat is prohibited during this period as well; with a couple of exceptions . We spend the time in prayer and celebration. We light candles , eat a traditional holiday...

What kind of power or status does a Cantor hold in the Jewish Community?

The cantor’s primary role is leading the community in prayer. Thus, his importance and status is actually determined by the congregation—the more important prayer is to the congregants, the more important of a role the cantor plays. If the community finds prayer to be a form of entertainment, they will...

Pet Afterlife

Question: My dog, who was a part of my life since my 9th birthday, has just died. He was sixteen years old and he brought so much happiness to my family. I am so sad but I thank G-d for all those years of happiness we had together. What happens to his soul now? Who’s taking care of him? Answer: I am...

Why does G-d put mentally retarded people in the world?

The Short Answer: I don’t know! I don’t know why G-d does all that He does, as a matter of fact I hardly know why G-d does anything He does. However, I do know that G-d does not create things in vain. The fact that this soul was born into this world is in itself a testimony of its G-d given purpose...

What is the justification for Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt?

Indeed, an ignominious death hardly seems to be a proportional punishment for turning around. However, we must remember that at issue isn’t whether she deserved to die, rather whether she deserved to live! All the people of Sodom were condemned to death for their evil behavior and Lot was only saved because...

What do I do if I missed a Yahrtzeit?

If the Yahrtzeit was remembered but Kaddish was missed because one could not find a Minyan or one was traveling on that day, Kaddish can be said at evening services that night (which is technically after the Yahrtzeit). 1 If, however, one completely forgot about the Yahrtzeit, he should make up...

I'm Jewish and my child wishes to convert to Christianity

If I were to meet your daughter in person I would tell her that she can convert. However, I would also explain to her that in order for her to properly convert she must consciously leave one religion and acquire another. While your daughter may be tempted to acquire another, I don’t think she is really...

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