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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 are the 39 melachot?

The Talmud 1 enumerates the thirty nine primary categories of [creative] activities - Melachot - forbidden on Shabbat,  based on the work-types employed for the construction of the Tabernacle .  Each of these categories includes many subcategories of works that are done in the same way and/or...

Is it Hanuka, or Chanuka?

In truth it isn't spelled either way. It is really a Hebrew word spelled with Hebrew letters. There is thus no official way to transliterate into in English, although Hanukah and Chanukah are the two widely accepted English versions of the Hebrew word. A lack of common phonetics in the two languages created...

Are tefillin only worn on the day of the bar mitzvah?

Tefillin are supposed to be worn every weekday (Sunday through Friday) morning during Shacharit. If one can't wear Tefillin in the morning or during Shacharit one may put them on anytime from about a half hour after dawn until sunset, and recite the Shema prayer. (For exact times for...

Why must a minyan consist of TEN Jews?

Due to the profound sanctity naturally associated with certain prayers and rituals, it is required that they only be recited/performed in the presence of a "congregation". Such prayers include the kaddish, barchu, kedusha, Torah reading etc., But how many people constitutes...

What can I do to help our Israeli brethren in their difficult situation?

"If you shall follow in My statutes... I shall set peace upon the land"  1 1. G-d, who neither sleeps nor slumbers, is the true guardian of Israel. 2 The fulfillment of his Torah and Mitzvot brings true protection to our land and our People. Do an extra Mitzvah and study some Torah...

Is adoption an option from the Jewish perspective?

Absolutely. As a matter of fact, throughout the ages Jewish people have always welcomed into their homes ("adopted") orphans and abandoned children. The Talmud 1 goes so far to say "Whoever brings up an orphan in his home, Scripture ascribes it to him as though he had begotten him." As with...

How early, or how late, can I light the Shabbat-candles?

Shabbat candles must be lit before sunset since Shabbat begins at sunset, after which it is forbidden to light fire. Standard candle lighting time is 18 minutes before sunset. 1   If one wants to begin Shabbat early s/he may light candles (and begin Shabbat) as early as one and a quarter...

Can I drive on Shabbat if it is my only way to get to the synagogue?

Disappointing as it may sound, the answer is no. It is disappointing because which Jew doesn’t want to be in a synagogue on Shabbat? After all, the Synagogue is G-d’s home, the Jews are G-d’s People, and the Shabbat is G-d’s day. However, notice the common denominator in the above...

Is it forbidden to write on Chol Hamoed?

On Chol Hamoed we are supposed to try to refrain from doing work that requires particular skill or expertise. Writing is a skill which one acquires and is therefore a form of work that should be avoided. If one must write (for the sake of the holiday or a timely issue) s/he should write differently than s/he...

What are the blessings for lighting the Chanukah Menorah?

Before lighting the Menorah we say the following two blessings: 1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah. [Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to...

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