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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 my obligation if my parents tell me to ignore a mitzvah?

You shouldn’t comply with their wish.** You have an obligation to honor your parents because G-d told you to. G-d told you AND your parents to observe all the Torah’s rules—both the “do’s” and the “don’ts”. So if you honor your parents because G-d commanded...

If someone is ill, can they be driven to shul on Shabbat?

Question: My mother is the director of an Orthodox Shul, where my family has belonged for generations. My mom suffers from xxxxxx disorder, and cannot walk distances. I am wondering if it is permitted by Halachah for her to drive or be driven to shul for services on Shabbat or the holidays. I want to believe that...

How much preparation should a child have prior to his Bar Mitzvah?

13 years. Bar Mitzvah is the age and day when a boy becomes mature enough to be obligated to follow G-d’s commandments and live a G-dly lifestyle. Until Bar Mitzvah a boy is not only a child, but also strictly human in the expectations of his behavior. At Bar Mitzvah a boy becomes mature and must also live...

I am still single and getting on in years--is my life still worth living?

Good question. I wonder if it is possible for a human being to answer that question. After all, what do I as a human know about the value of another’s life that will give me the insider’s information to be able to say if there still remains purpose in it or not. I therefore won’t answer the...

What do I tell people who use Jewish Scripture to prove that Jesus is the messiah?

It is evident in all forms of Jewish writings that the purpose and objective of the Jewish Moshiach is to bring all Jews back to Israel, rebuild G-d’s holy temple in Jerusalem, and restore the laws and practices of Judaism to its original glory. 1 Take a look around you and see if the above has been...

Adolescent sexual thoughts: their origins and their antidote

Question: I am a fifteen years old religious teenage boy. A sensitive teenager. And I have a big problem, or rather a big question: Why is it that although I'm a relatively good person most of my learning is Talmudic studies, I spend most of my free time thinking of girls!   Answer: Do you want to...

How do I become a sage?

I will give you a list from Ethics of our Fathers: “For one to acquire Torah, he must have the following forty-eight qualities:  Study, attentive listening, verbal articulation, perception of heart, awe, fear, modest, joy, purity, ministering to Sages, close association with colleagues, sharp...

What is the traditional Jewish get-well wish?

The customary Hebrew wish is “ refuah sh’lemah ” – [may you have] a complete recovery. In English you can say: May the A-mighty grant you a complete and speedy recovery. So if and when the occasion arises, go ahead and buy a card or small gift of Kosher chocolates, and write the above...

Does wearing tefillin constitute animal abuse?

To the naked eye and uneducated mind an operating room is a barbaric torture chamber. To those who know that life itself is the human’s number one priority, and that amputating a leg can save life, the operating room is a miracle haven, a chamber of extraordinary kindness. In a world which happened by...

Why is it important to have KOSHER Mezuzahs?

There is no magic in the ink or parchment of the mezuzah. A mezuzah is special because it serves as a conduit for Divine blessings for a home and its inhabitants, and it is only effective as such when it meets the specifications dictated by G-d in the Torah—both the Written and Oral laws. It is sort of like...

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