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Askmoses scholars are carefully selected to bring the best of Jewish knowledge to you. Each scholar studied Judaism, Jewish History, Jewish Culture and is a recognized communicator and teacher in his or her community. Many are world-class authors and lecturers as well as practicing rabbis. The scholars live all over the world and express their knowledge to you from their point of view, 24/6. Get to know our scholars by reading their backgrounds.


Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman is a world-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher; and co-founder of Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota. He also served as simultaneous translator for the live televised talks by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
For more articles by Rabbi Friedman, visit www.itsgoodtoknow.com.


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And on the seventh day thou shalt not rest

“G-d completed His work on the seventh day.” (Genesis 2:1) While it is generally assumed that the world was created in six days, by the end of the sixth day the world was hardly complete. This may be compared to a king who made a bridal chamber. He plastered, painted and adorned it. But the chamber was...

What's Wrong With Religion?

Religion offers salvation, enlightenment, a place in heaven. Religion teaches self-improvement: humility, devotion, patience, faith. Religion demands a standard of behavior that benefits our souls, our bodies and our society. I'm glad Judaism is not a religion. Because all of the above can be self-serving and...

Are Jews Normal?

If you ask someone coming out of a church “Do you believe in G-d?” the worshiper is shocked. “What type of question is that? Of course I do, that’s why I’m here.” But when you walk into a synagogue on Yom Kippur and ask a Jew, “Do you believe in G-d?” the Jew is...

Honor thy Children (They’ll choose your nursing home)

Every year, we hold the Passover Seder. Every year, we have the Four Sons ask their questions. Every year, the Wicked Son at the Seder asks his bitter question and gets a nasty response. Why doesn’t he learn? The Wise Son certainly has a good thing going: every year, he asks an intelligent question, gets...

Terrorism: "Ism"s That Aren't

In this past few years, words have become very important. In truth, words are all we’ve ever had. But in light of the reactions and responses to what today is known simply as “9/11”, finding the right words has proven to be quite a challenge. On that horrible morning we heard words like...

Cold Soup

If you ask someone coming out of church on a Sunday, "Do you believe in G-d?" the worshipper is shocked. "What type of question is that? Of course I do!" If you then ask him, "Do you consider yourself religious?" what will the answer be? "Certainly. That's why I'm...

Equality

It is very disturbing to the Western mind, to the American mind in particular, to suggest that one group of people is superior to another. Perhaps this is so because in the past, the belief or the argument that one group of people is inferior to another has led to genocide. So Americans have become deeply committed...

What does it mean to "Believe in G-d"?

The Short Answer: To believe in G-d means not that you're of the opinion that He exists, but that you have found relevance in Him. The Askmoses Answer: Belief Even the honest atheist will agree that a first cause, an original being, must have preceded the universe. This original cause or source is...

Making A Baby

One of my favorite stories is about the Kotsker Rebbe who, sitting at the table one Shabbos afternoon with his disciples, described with great insight the different personalities of many of his Chassidim. Finally they asked him, “How much insight do you have into your son’s personality? How well do you...

The Monthly Marriage

There are two kinds of human love: the intrinsic, calm love that we feel for people to whom we're related by birth; and the more intimate, fiery love that exists in marriage. This is why the husband-wife relationship is very different from the parent-child relationship. The love within a family, between relatives...

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