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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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Why was it necessary for G-d to create so many billions of stars, planets and living species?

Question: When I read about how Hashem created the universe and all living and non-living things in it, I often ponder on the need for creating the universe in all its detail. Why was it necessary to create so many billions of stars and planets or to create millions of live species? Would the world have been any...

Does a twelve year old girl have to pray?

For the technical-halachic answer, please see Is a woman obligated to pray thrice daily ? I'd like, however, to share with you my non-technical thoughts on this matter: Some people look at prayer as an obligation or duty, which makes it into a dreaded chore and burden. I like to look at prayer as a privilege and...

Eat Cheesecake; G-d wants you to!

When you hear the words “Jewish holiday,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you answered food, you are not alone. As a matter of fact, most people associate holidays with food.  Even Yom Kippur, the holiest of Holy-days, is associated with food (albeit in a negative sense). The...

Dear G-d, you created many poor people...

Freud never mentions it, but it is common knowledge that somewhere within the human psyche is a little (bearded man dressed in peasant clothes named) Tevye, which pops up every once in a while and tries to understand why G-d does what He does. Poor and rich, wise and foolish, knowledgeable and ignorant, healthy...

Enjoy the Ride

Magnet on fridge: I am not fifty; I am eighteen, with thirty two years of experience. It was a clear crisp May evening with an autumn wind blowing through the night air. It was autumn in May because it is always autumn in May in Australia. At a downtown traffic light was one of those scenes that you first...

yvruT - yspoT

In Manhattan there is a mistake as large as the main lobby of Grand Central Terminal. It is the painting on the ceiling of that lobby. Beautifully painted across the entire ceiling is a detailed zodiac. While the details are accurate and stunning, the general picture is flawed. It is backward. When...

A Sound Reason

Rabbi Wolf Kitzes was a disciple and follower of the Baal Shem Tov. He was also the person assigned to sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. It so happened that before Rosh Hashanah one year, the Baal Shem Tov instructed him to learn all the kabalistic meanings behind the blowing of the shofar. He did. When it came...

Heroes of Today: A Chanukah Lesson

Trying to encourage the young boy to work harder and achieve more, the father sternly told his son, “Do you know that when George Washington was your age he was already…" The sharp youngster was not taken aback. “When George Washington was your age,” he calmly responded, “he...

Spare Some Change: Understanding Sacrifices

Waiting outside my friend’s house one Saturday night, I met his father coming home from Shul. “Are you waiting for someone?” he kindly asked. “I’m okay,” I said. “Your son will be out in a minute; he needs to give me something.” “I thought you were...

Does Judaism view men and women as equals?

Instead of arguing the obvious fact of nature, that we are indeed different, I would like to side with the egalitarian opinion that we are indeed equal. The question is what does the word equal, equal? And the answer is that there are two types of equals. The first: Equally the same You wish to make a salad....

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