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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 is it important to have a Bat Mitzvah?

A Bat Mitzvah happens whether we "have" it or not. Bat Mitvah means "Daughter of Mitzvah." It is the age at which a Jewish girl becomes obligated to fulfill G-d’s commandments. That age is 12. We turn 12 automatically. It is important to CELEBRATE the Bat Mitzvah because it is a...

Why can't women wear Tefillin?

What is the significance of Tefillin? Seemingly they are mere cow hides that underwent a variety of processes, transformed into hard or soft leather, formed into different shapes, and dyed black. Ah, but they are the object of a G-dly commandment. It is obviously this last factor that makes them what they...

When Is Moshiach Coming?

The answer to this question actually depends on us.  In his article " Date of Moshiach's Coming " Rabbi Jacob I. Schochet writes: "The actual date of the Messianic redemption is a guarded mystery unknown to man. It will happen “in its time”, predetermined from the...

Too many stray cats...I believe Torah's view on spaying and neutering should be changed?

Question: I can understand where you are coming from with the torah stating that it is not right to spay or neuter animals. However, there are millions of animals who are running around the streets with no homes and no one to love them at all. Cats go into heat every month therefore they get pregnant and need...

Why do some Orthodox schools not teach sex education?

Education teaches people how to live. If you are educated about sex, you begin to live with sex. This is not a theory. This is fact. Look at the world today and you will observe that societies that are more open in their discussions about sex with minors also have more minors actively engaging in sexual...

There are times when I don't have the heart to pray. How should I get inspired?

Only one aspect of prayer is your desire to pray. The other aspect of prayer is G-d's desire for your prayer. If you can't do it for yourself, do it for Him. In order to awaken your desire to pray, you should study. Learn the meaning of Jewish prayer in general, and the meaning of the specific...

How could Abraham be the first "Jew"?

Question: How can Abraham be called the "first Jew"? I always thought that Jew meant having to do with being from the tribe of Judah. So Levites and Cohens, not being from the tribe of Judah were not "Jews". Answer: The term Jew can be used differently in different contexts. In its...

What is Matzah?

Matzah is a cracker like flat bread that comes in various shapes, sizes, and flavors. The word Matzah most often reminds you of (the kosher section in your local supermarket, and more importantly) Passover. However, not all Matzah is kosher for Passover. Passover and Matzah is a match made in Heaven. The Torah...

Wearing a wig is difficult; why must we continue this ancient custom?

Question: I have a 38 year old son who is engaged to a relgious girl. My question is: why is it that important to be that religious or that observant as for her to cover her head. This seems to me to be an outdated and unimportant custom. After all how beneficial is it to keep the scalp from breathing?...

May a woman wear a Kipah?

Question: I understand that it is not required for women to wear a kipah, but is it frowned upon? is it acceptable for a woman to be seen wearing one? I was raised an atheist, and I wish to wear one to be reminded of G-d's presence. Is that offensive? Answer: Generally speaking there is no Jewish...

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