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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 Blessing do we recite over Matzah?

For most Matzah 1 we recite the same blessing we recite for bread: Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha’aretz. [Blessed are you G-d our L-rd King of the Universe who extracts bread from the earth]. Because there is a Mitzvah to eat Matzah on the first night...

What is Gebrokts and what's it got to do with not eating Matzah Balls?

Question: Is it true that some people do not eat Matzah Ball Soup on Passover? Thanks, Musthaveit Answer: While Matzah Ball Soup is a Passover favorite, and permissible according to Jewish law, there are many who have a custom not to eat it on Passover. As a matter of fact, they don’t eat Matzah brye,...

Can I use Matzah Balls instead of Matzah at my Seder?

Question: My Father-in-law has a difficult time chewing Matzah; can I make him a Matzah dish to be eaten at the Seder instead? Thanks, Beth Answer: Once the Matzah is ground into Matzah meal and/or cooked it loses its status as a form of "bread". The Matzah that we eat at the Seder must be a form...

A Lone Gunman

I heard the news while driving on campus. It was early afternoon and between classes. Outside my car windows I saw hundreds of innocent looking students traversing the sidewalks and pathways, walking about peacefully on a beautiful California spring day. Inside the car I was at another university campus 3000 miles...

What is the most important Mitzvah?

A. The most important Mitzvah is the Mitzvah you need to do right now. On Friday afternoon the most important Mitzvah is lighting Shabbat candles. On Passover the most important Mitzvah is eating Matzah. When your parent asks you to do something the most important Mitzvah is honoring your parents. And when a poor...

Why didn't G-d interfere when the Nazis killed my family?

Question: When I was 10 years old, living in the Netherlands we went into hiding. I spent the next 5 years living with 5 different families ranging from Roman Catholic to Jehovah’s witnesses, to Dutch Reformed. I survived the war. My parents did not nor did my entire family. My father was killed on...

What is the Jewish view on marijuana?

Question: I am a college student and I occasionally like to smoke marijuana. What does the Torah say about this?  I like feeling connected with Judaism, and I am having a hard time deciding whether what I’m doing is right? Answer: The Torah doesn't speak about marijuana per se, but it does...

Why are we here?

Question: I don't have a problem believing in G-d's existence and His creation of the world and His involvement in nature, in everything happening around us. But I really don't understand why we, I mean humans, were created. What's the point of us being here? What do we matter? I mean, I revere...

Were there any non-Jewish prophets?

The Torah actually tells us a story about Bilam, a non-Jewish prophet 1 . Rashi, a foremost commentator on the Torah, explains 2 that it would be unfair to expect people to live by G-dly standards without giving them the opportunity of prophecy. The Talmud 3 says there were actually seven...

Is the Torah Perfect?

Question: My dear Rabbi, I want to ask a question which is not related to religion. Do you yourself believe that there are things in the world that are perfect? I ask this question because I think only G-d is perfect, but other things, including religion, are not perfect. Answer: Judaism believes that since...

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