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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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I want to convert, but I'm apprehensive about approaching a rabbi...

Question: I spoke to a scholar on AskMoses yesterday. I am a Christian, who for years has felt a pull towards Judaism, without really knowing why. Now I just feel like I’m questioning my faith and I don’t know what to do...its not something that I could discuss at the church I am currently at. The...

I’ve sinned so egregiously. Is there any hope for me?

If there was no way for you to correct your life, there would be no point in living, and G-d would take your life away. Indeed, as long as you live there is a possibility for you to regret your old ways and change to better ways, which will lead to a holier life in this world and a worthy place in the World to Come.

How do I teach the holiday stories while avoiding all the violence?

Question: How do I teach preschool Jewish holiday education without talking about all the killing and bad guys and the implication that the Jews weren’t liked? Answer: History is history, and if we wish to change the facts we are distorting history and creating our own fantasy of what we wanted to...

How do I become a less judgmental person?

Give yourself an exercise: Every time you “judge” someone, require yourself to write down two plausible “excuses” for why that person did what he did. You also might want to remember this: The Baal Shem Tov says that Heavenly Court does not judge a person after his passing; rather the...

How do I stop doing a sin which is extremely pleasurable?

It is hard to STOP doing something that you really enjoy. What you need to do is START doing OTHER things that keep you really busy so that you don’t have the time or idle energy to do things you shouldn’t be doing. To sit there with time on your hands and room in your mind for things you really...

Can you put life in context?

Question: Please give me a satisfactory reason and meaning for life. When I say “meaning,” I don’t mean finding a meaningful project to occupy my time with—I mean finding a meaning and purpose in life itself. Why did it begin, where is it supposed to be heading, what is it, etc.? Well, I...

Is it okay to eat only fish and dairy in a non-kosher restaurant?

Question: I usually eat out in non-Kosher restaurants but I’m careful when I order—basically I only eat dairy and fish. Last night I tasted something different in the sauce. It was meat. I feel very guilty. Is there anything I can do about this besides the obvious of not eating out? Answer: Eat...

I am offended when others refer to me as a “Black Jew”...

Don’t be offended by what other people call you. Here is why: a) they might not intend it offensively in the first place. b) Even if there are people who do say it with racist undertones, don’t allow their lowly character and obvious shortcomings to affect you. As long as your mother is Jewish, you are...

The Energy Crisis

The world is abuzz. From politicians to lay people, airline executives to the ever growing movement of stay-at-home-moms, this crisis is on top of everyone’s minds. The fact is that this natural resource is very limited and yet very much a part of our daily lives. In simple terms: there is low supply and...

What’s wrong with a purely artistic tattoo?

Question: I want to get a small tattoo on my body for no other reason but for artistic purposes. I love and fear G-d and would never do it for any forbidden purposes such as idol worship or any other ritualistic purposes. Please tell me if making this tattoo will affect my future for burial, when Moshiach comes,...

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