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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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Does a building owned by a non-Jew need a mezuzah if Jews are employed there?

A building which belongs to a non-Jew does not require Mezuzahs. The door to your office, however, should have a Mezuzah 1 if the office is exclusively yours, and not shared with a non-Jew. 2 No blessing is recited when affixing a mezuzah on the door of a business.

Why must I have a scribe check my Mezuzah regularly?

For a mezuzah to be kosher, all the letters in the scroll must be complete. Due to humidity and other factors, letters can fade or crack, rendering un-kosher an originally beautiful mezuzah. A mezuzah must be inspected by a professional scribe every three and a half years; however, ideally they should...

How do I put up a mezuzah?

Mezuzahs need to be affixed on every doorway of your home or apartment with the exception of the bathrooms. 1 The mezuzah should be affixed on the right side of the doorway entering a room on the bottom of the upper third and should be at an angle so that the top of the mezuzah is pointing to the inside of...

What's the purpose of a Mezuzah?

The purpose of affixing a Mezuzah is to fulfill a Mitzvah - a Divine Commandment.  One of the purposes for this Mitzvah is to facilitate other Mitzvahs: As a Mitzvah hanging visibly on our doors the Mezuzah is a constant reminder that our homes and everything therein, belongs to  G-d, and must...

Why is the mezuzah attached to the right doorpost?

1. The Talmud 1   derives from a verse 2   that the mezuzah must be placed on the side which you encounter first when you enter. The average person steps first with the right foot and then the left foot. 3 2. According to kabbalah, the right side represents kindness and the left side is symbolic of...

What's inside and on the outside of the Mezuzah?

Inside the Mezuzah case is the actual Mezuzah.  The Mezuzah is a rolled up scroll of parchment containing two passages from the Torah: the Shema 1  and Vehayah . 2 These portions can be found in your prayerbook (available at your local Judaica store or, with English translation, at...

Why do many chassidim pray so late?

1. Chassidus demands that prayer be preceded by strenuous preparation: Immersion in the mikvah, studying chassidus, meditating into the greatness of G-d, etc. This is especially true on Shabbat, a day which is supposed to be devoted to spirituality and our connection with G-d. Therefore, it was always the accepted...

In the evening service we praise G-d for changing day into night. Big deal...

One of the primary points of davening is for us to internalize certain ideas. After all, G-d doesn't really need our praises because all creations are insignificant in the eyes of the Creator (imagine a kindergarten child praising Einstein for coming up with the theory of relativity, would that make him feel...

Do I have to stand when listening to the recitation of Kaddish?

There are differing opinions on this subject. 1 The bottom line is that you may sit, but due to the holiness of the prayer it is best to stand whenever possible.

Why do we ritually wash our hands in the morning?

There are three explanations why the rabbis instituted to wash our hands when we wake up in the morning: a. We assume that the hands, which are always occupied, touched private (or sweaty) parts of the body; therefore they must be washed before we pray (Rosh, Brachos 9:23 and Rambam, Laws of Tefillah 4:1). b....

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