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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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If Chassidut is so important, why wasn't it available until 300 years ago?

In a nutshell, chassidut is the “soul” of Torah. Just as with a person the body performs actions, but the soul adds life and meaning to the actions, the same is true with Judaism. Torah and Mitzvahs are the actions, but chassidut gives life and meaning to the Torah and Mitzvahs. Chassidut is part of...

Why do men thank G-d for "not making me a woman"?

Have you ever heard women say “men could never handle what women go through”? While this is true, it is not really the issue at hand (at least not on the surface level). The three morning blessings, thanking G-d for not making me a gentile, slave, or woman, don’t refer to the people mentioned;...

Is it too late to pray *after* the job interview or an exam?

The Mishnah 1 says: “One who prays for the past is uttering a wasted prayer.” It is obvious that after a person falls down a flight of stairs he can’t pray that he shouldn’t have fallen down the flight of stairs! What he can pray for however is that he should have a speedy recovery. In...

Can you quote from the Torah the command to dress modestly?

You won’t find a verse in the Torah that states “Thou shall dress modestly” for the same reason you won’t find a verse in the Torah that states “Thou shall not eat pepper steak with feta cheese.” Just as pepper steak and feta cheese are merely one detail in the general...

I'm always praying to G-d but I don’t seem to be getting any answer

G-d hears all prayers. The question is: do we hear His answers. The more refined we are, the more in tune we are to His ways, the more probable it will be that we “hear” (see, understand, or feel) His answers. To be more in tune to His ways, we must be more in tune to His will. This is accomplished...

Is a Diamond a Stone?

Velt was a small but pristine island in the Indian Ocean. With a population of just over three hundred living on two thousand acres of lush grass, tall palms trees, white beaches, and majestic sunsets it was quite the place to live. While Velt had much we would all envy, it also lacked much we all take for...

Walk Off A Cliff

There he stands at the edge of a cliff. He is a lifeless form with an expression of fear on his face and a blank look in his eyes. A crowd gathers. Some watch from a distance in total shock, while others gather nearby to try and dissuade him. He jumps... You shudder and turn you head as a tear rolls down your...

Advice for the friend of a terminally ill individual

Question: My friend has lived for fifteen years with multiple sclerosis. She is currently in a hospice with kidney failure, and is receiving sustenance intravenously. The doctors say that she will die within a month. Do you have any words of comfort? Answer: My blessings for much strength and may your...

I am going to Shabbat dinner at our rabbi's home; Is it disrespectful to wear pants?

I think it would be safe to apply the concept of “when in Rome do as the Romans” to this situation, and wear a skirt/dress. I say this both out of respect for your hosts, and so that you will feel more comfortable while there. This is the ideal; if, however, this is difficult for you, and assuming...

How do I approach a class on "Bible Criticism"?

I will write a two-part answer to your question. First I will offer my own criticism to “bible criticism,” and then I will share with you an experience that will help put things in perspective with regard to the “sanctity” of ideas taught by college professors. 1) The Bible text being...

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