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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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Can't intermarriage bridge the chasms between different religions?

Question: Hello! I hope all is well. I am a Jewish girl who is dating a non Jewish man who is very respectful of Judaism. I do not see marrying someone outside of Judaism as a bad thing. In fact, I see it as a way of bringing peace to two religions entities that have so much animosity for each other. I believe...

Why should I give up my "Mr. Perfect" just because we don't share religions?

Question: Since when does race or religion determine who you fall in love with? I met a Jewish man; the sweetest man I have ever met. I am not Jewish, and after reading up on his religion I am considering bowing out of the relationship. Pray tell me why I have to give up a man for his religion? This is so unfair...

How do I explain death and afterlife to my ten year old son?

Death can be explained as being similar to a promotion or new placement. Many times a working person is moved by his employer to a new office, or even a new city, to take on a new job position. Life in this world is one type of job for our employer—G-d. The job of the soul within a physical body is to...

What do Jews do for entertainment?

There are many million of Jews in the world and I am sure they do many different things for entertainment. However, I will try to respond to your question from a somewhat religious perspective. The need for entertainment is usually symptomatic of a life which is lacking excitement. This often happens when life...

Is there a prayer for wealth or prosperity?

One of the blessings in the Amidah is a request for success—namely monetary prosperity. So if you say the Amidah three times daily you are already covered. The best “prayer” for success is giving charity. By placing and using a charity box in your home and office you are transforming your...

Why is it necessary to use a "Mohel" to perform the Brit Milah?

Standard medical circumcision is different than the Jewish ritual of "Circumcision" with regards to both its surgical aspects and its intended purpose. For example, many physicians use a Gamko clamp, which is forbidden according to Jewish law. Furthermore, circumcision is...

I’m becoming religious. How do I choose my next step?

Question: We are a “secular” family trying to make a transition to leading a more observant life style. We have been keeping a kosher kitchen for the last several years and go to shul regularly. We are now considering keeping Shabbat. Is there an order in which one should become more observant? It...

How do you explain the death of a parent to a young child?

As adults we tend to think comfort comes from intellectual understanding and soothing words. A child finds comfort in a sympathetic face, a gentle smile, and a loving hug. More than he needs to know about where his parent went, he needs to know where he himself will be heading. He needs to know that although...

I want a tattoo to symbolize my love for my children...

Question: I wish to get a tattoo to represent my love for my three children. I know Jewish law forbids body art, but my children and I have gone through very hard times as a young family (their father left us), and I would like get a tattoo to show the world that my children are my life and our Judaism makes us...

Why can't my observant sister stay with us for Shabbat?

Question: My newly Orthodox sister is visiting from out of town. Although we have offered to accomodate her new traditions, she has chosen to spend Shabbat with an orthodox family, not us. Why?  Answer: I can understand your frustration. Let me assure you, from past experience, that this is...

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