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Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

Rabbi Silberberg, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a renowned scholar known for his sharp wit and vast Talmudic knowledge.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Chaya Mushka and their three children.


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What's the difference between Chabad and other Chassidism?

An Orthodox Jew is someone who abides by all the commandments of the Torah and all Rabbinic decrees. This description applies to Chabad as well as many other streams within Orthodox Jewry. The difference between the different groups of religious Jews is emphasis. The Baal Shem Tov founded the chassidic movement...

Why do some Jews attack Chassidim, particularly Chabad?

I believe that the friction that exists today between chassidim and misnagdim is not motivated by ideology. When the chassidic movement was founded by the Baal Shem Tov, there was a genuine concern by many Jews that it was just another cult, similar to the Shabatai Tzvi messianic cult which swept across Europe...

Is it forbidden to study kabbalah until the age of 40?

Rabbi Shabbatai HaKohen, (a.k.a. The Shach - a 17th century commentator on the Code of Jewish Law) says 1 "there are those who say that one should wait until the age of forty before learning kabbalah, for it says in the Mishnah 2 'forty is the age of wisdom.'" The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains...

Where is Gan Eden?

I can guarantee you that no matter how many billions of dollars are invested in the space-program, NASA will never succeed in sending a shuttle to send regards to all our relatives... Gan Eden is spiritual, and is not bound by physical limitations and therefore it is no place and every place. For example, where is...

Why are all the mirrors covered in a shivah-house?

The covering of mirrors in the shivah-house is a custom. One of the reasons for this custom is because it is improper to pray in front of a mirror. Since many people pray in the shivah-house, it is proper to cover the mirrors.

What is said upon receiving news of someone's passing?

When one's immediate relative (i.e father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter or spouse) passes away the following blessing is said: "Boruch Attah Adonoy Eloheinu Melech ha'olam Dayan ha'emet (Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, the true Judge). " All others, aside...

What do I say when going to a shivah-house to console a mourner?

When consoling a mourner, we say: "HaMakom yenachem etchem b'toch sha'ar availay Tzion VeYerushalayim" [The Omnipresent One should comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem]. See also "Why do we mention the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem when offering condolences to an...

What is forbidden for a mourner during shloshim?

Shloshim (Hebrew for 30) refers to the first 30 days of mourning an immediate family member. During this time: 1. It is forbidden to attend a wedding. 2. It is forbidden to listen to live music. 3. It is forbidden to take a hair-cut. 4. It is forbidden to cut nails (with a utensil). 5. It is preferable not to take...

Is it permitted to watch TV during shivah?

It is inappropriate to watch television during Shivah, because during this period one is not supposed to distract oneself from mourning. After Shivah, for the rest of the mourning period, it is permitted to watch the news or other non-entertainment programs. 1

What's the Torah's position on autopsies?

The Jewish body is considered sacred and should not be desecrated by an autopsy. Autopsies are only allowed if it is possible that this autopsy will save another life. For instance, if a person was murdered and performing an autopsy might provide a clue which will help apprehend the murderer, thus stopping him or...

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