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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 Baruch Emanuel Erdstein

Originally from suburban Detroit, Baruch Emanuel Erdstein has been studying and teaching Torah in Israel for most of the last 12 years. With a degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Baruch has also studied in numerous yeshivas, particularly inspired by Jewish mysticism. Baruch also leads guided tours of his home town of Zfat (Safed) and is recording his first music album.


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How can I avoid the emotional pitfalls of present-day dating practice?

Present-day dating practices are characterized by a lack of focus. Often settling for "a good time" (even one that may be drawn out over a number of years), modern dating is usually short-sighted, failing to provide the basic context for long-term growth in a relationship. By recognizing the awesome...

How can Kabbalah help me find my soul-mate?

Unlike the common misperception, Kabbalah is anything but a quick-fix for pressing issues in our daily lives. Quite the contrary, Kabbalah is a lengthy process which accustoms us to see the inner dimension of our lives and the Creation at large, directing us not only to recognize our purpose in life, but rather to...

Why does Judaism have a problem with premarital sex in this day and age?

Judaism teaches that the mission of each individual is to draw the most supernal levels of spirituality down into physical reality. Acts which accomplish this fusion of the spiritual and the physical (or "body" and "spirit") are called "unifications", and, not unlike the idea of...

Why do very religious Jewish men avoid looking at women?

Every ism in the world acknowledges the power of sexuality. Every spiritual tradition thus demands of its spiritual masters either complete self-denial or the channeling of one's sexual energy in one way or another. Unlike other cultures, in which a select few remove themselves from the general...

Will mikvah make my marriage better?

The nature of all living entities involves renewal, movement, and change. Species of birds migrate, trees change with the seasons, tissues regenerate, and even oceans have their ebb and flow. In addition, all healthy vibrant relationships have their phases, their ups and downs, periods of intimacy and times of...

What are the spiritual ramifications of intimacy?

Jewish tradition teaches that there are three partners in the creation of a new soul: the mother, the father, and G-d Himself. Even when conception is not taking place, the Divine Presence rests upon a couple who are united in mind and body. More importantly, as a microcosm of the entire G-d/Creation dynamic, a...

What is the Jewish view on birth control?

In short, the Torah views children as a blessing, encourages us to have large families and frowns upon the casual use of birth-control. This in no way means that birth control, under particular circumstances and using certain methods, is completely forbidden. Rather, Torah law understands that, as an exception...

Can I be a good Jew by just keeping the Ten Commandments, without believing in the Torah?

Even from a cursory reading of the Torah, it is clear that for someone to claim that they can keep the Ten Commandments without believing in the rest of the Torah (including the Oral Law), they will have to create a new religion (not advised!). We learn about the Ten Commandments via the Torah; they are not two...

Why do non-meat products need kosher certification?

A cursory review of the laws of kashrut indicates a few major areas where we must be vigilant. One is when there is a possibility that forbidden products, however minute -- such as un-kosher meat additives (including pork or any meat not ritually slaughtered according to Jewish law), insects, mollusks, or...

How can Jews be expected to be happy when they are not allowed to have any fun?

“Not allowed to have any fun”?! What’s “fun”? Music, parties, feasting, sex...? Jews do all that – just within the proper context. By using the appropriate combinations, times, and/or ingredients instructed to us via the Torah, observing mitzvahs should only help us get the most...

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