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Rabbi Zalman Abraham

Raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rabbi Zalman Abraham was ordained as a rabbi in Israel by the Chief Rabbinate and as a dayan at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva. He has taught in yeshivas in South Africa and Canada. He currently resides with his wife Leah in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.


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Why are some letters in the first line of Shema larger than others?

"Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad"-" Hear, oh Israel; the L-rd our G-d is one L-rd" When written in Torah; Tefillin and Mezuzah scrolls, the last letter of the first word of Shema –“ ayin ”, and the last letter of the last word ( echad ) –“ daled...

What is the "Geshem" prayer?

“ Geshem ” is the Hebrew word for rain. Life in the Land of Israel has always depended on rain. Agriculture is one of Israel’s main resources and its success largely depends on the rain season. If rain falls, life flourishes and the country enjoys rich soil and abundant crop. If however rain is...

Why is Yizkor recited on certain festivals?

In Yizkor, the souls of the departed are remembered in prayer to G-d and in monetary pledges to charity. It is founded upon the principle that a Mitzvah of the living affects the souls of the deceased when performed in their memory. On Yom Kippur, Yizkor is recited to ask for atonement and give charity on behalf...

What is "Mashiv Haruach Umorid Hageshem"?

" He causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall" Before the start of the silent Musaf Amidah on Shmini Atzeret, the beadle bangs on a table and announces to the congregation that they will begin reciting " Mashiv Haruach Umorid Hageshem ". This mention of rain in the 2nd blessing of the...

What is "V'ten Tal Umatar Livracha"?

“ And bestow dew and rain for blessing ” This formal request for rain is inserted in the 9th blessing of the daily Amidah during the months that Israel is most in need of rain. In Israel this request is inserted commencing Cheshvan 7, following the opinion of Rabban Gamliel in the Mishnah 1 "...

How do I know if it is Kosher?

Found a product and you’re not sure if it’s Kosher? Well, nowadays, verifying if a particular food item is Kosher has been made easy with the invention of Kosher Certifications. Kosher Certification agencies send expert rabbis to inspect plants to make sure all ingredients, machinery, and...

When people return with the resurrection of the dead, will they appear the same as when they died?

From the words of our sages it is apparent that people will return in the resurrection with the same appearance and age as when they departed. Following which, any weakness, illness or handicap will be miraculously healed.  Midrash Rabbah: 1 “as a man departs [this life] so will he return...

What are the requirements of a 'true prophet'?

In four chapters of the Fundamentals of Torah, Maimonides  gives a thorough and clear definition of what is required of a true prophet (the following is a free translation): Chapter 7 1) One of the bases of religion is to know that G-d visits people in prophetic visions, which come only to...

Why does my rabbi refuse to debate me whether Jesus is the Messiah?

What gain is there in a debate regarding biblical interpretation? Any debate requires premises that all debaters accept as truth, so that there may be some form of evidence that would be acceptable to all parties. In a debate between Jews and Christians, presumably the Jewish Bible (the Old Testament) would be...

How were the tribes permitted to marry their sisters?

It is disputable whether the 12 tribes indeed married their sisters. Genesis 1 makes reference to Jacob's daughter s (in the plural form), however, the verse only names one daughter - Dinah. Rabbi Nechemiah interprets this to refer to his daughters-in-law who were Canaanite’s. According to Rabbi...

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