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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'm trying to become completely kosher, but what if I slip?

Is it a sin to slip up and make a mistake? We are only human and we all make mistakes. G-d understands that and that is why He devised a system of repentance for when we make mistakes so that He could forgive us and so that we can forgive ourselves. The bottom line is we shouldn't live in fear of our mistakes and...

Am I considered responsible for behavior which stems from addiction?

Being “addicted” is not an excuse! All the things which G-d prohibited are objects or actions which we naturally crave (some people more than others), and one of the points of His commandments is to break and transform our natural addictions and cravings. Sometimes we don’t have the ability to...

What is more important, observing the kosher law, or being in tune with the spirit of kosher?

In Judaism the bottom line is always the action! Higher awareness, deeper intent, and spiritual insight all bring added meaning, significance and life to the deed; but without the deed all the intentions are worthless. At the end of the day G-d simply wants the job done! If you understand what and why you are...

It Takes Two

They say, “It takes two to fight.” The news media and pacifists seem to revel in that saying, constantly portraying the Middle East crisis as a continuation of an ongoing “cycle of violence”—equating attacks perpetrated with the specific intent of murdering civilians with military...

How do we reconcile being the “Chosen Nation” with historically being the “Most Persecuted Nation”?

While we constantly hope and pray that we don’t experience any suffering, I don’t see how our suffering would contradicts the fact that we are G-d’s chosen people. In fact, the very Torah which tells we are a chosen people – chosen to be a “light unto the nations” – also...

Does real love exist?

Question: Hi, I’m a 15 years old girl and I’ve got a weird question, but it really bothers me. Does “real love” exist? The kind of love that when you see that special man you feel roller coasters in the stomach; that whenever you touch him, you feel tremors; the kind of love you read...

G-d seems to be giving me a test which I cannot handle...

There is a famous parable, quoted quite often in the Midrash, Kabbalah and Chassidut about a king and his prince. The details vary, but the theme of the story is always the same: the king wants to test the talents and faithfulness of the prince, his only child and gifted lad, so he sends him away to see what he can...

Is there a right age to have a girlfriend?

When you're old enough and ready to be a husband, and she is old enough and ready to be a wife, that is the right age to introduce a female partner into your life.

Why don't women get called up to the Torah in Orthodox synagogues?

Question:  How do I explain to my friend why girls don't have Aliyahs [ get called up to the Torah ] in Orthodox synagogues? Thanks, Beth Answer: There are several technical/practical reasons for this 1 . Here are two of them: Modesty : Putting a woman on a pedestal in front of a room...

Is there ever a justification to kill, or is all killing murder?

First let us differentiate between "killing" and "murder." These two are obviously different. Many decent and moral nations which outlaw murder actually mandate the killing of criminals. According to the dictionary: Kill: to deprive of life; cause the death of Murder: the crime of unlawfully...

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