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Rabbi Moshe Miller

Rabbi Moshe Miller was born in South Africa and received his yeshiva education in Israel and America. He served as a rosh yeshiva in Israel and subsequently in America. He is a prolific author and translator, with some twenty books to his name on a wide variety of topics. He is a popular lecturer, mostly on Jewish mystical topics. He currently lives in Chicago.


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Is it permissible according to Jewish Law for men to dye their hair?

No, as this falls under the prohibition of “a man shall not wear a woman's clothing” (Deuteronomy 22:5). The Talmud (Shabbat 94b) gives the example of a man plucking the white hairs from his beard so that his age won’t show. Rashi explains that being careful with one’s appearance in this...

Are all parts of a kosher animal "kosher"?

There are two parts of any kosher animal that are forbidden for us to eat: the chelev (fats which were offered on the altar in the Holy Temple), and the gid hanashe (the sciatic nerve and sinew)—both of which are located toward the rear of an animal. Since they are difficult and costly to remove, often...

Is it okay to kill insects?

It is permissible to kill insects which are harmful or are just plain being a nuisance. Some people have the custom not to kill spiders (unless they pose a danger) to reward them, so to speak for saving King David's life. (He was being hunted by his enemies and hid in a cave. A spider wove a web over the entrance...

How do I convince an admitted atheist that there is a G-d?

Belief always demands a certain commitment to be willing to believe. Yes, there are logical arguments proving that G-d exists (argument by design and others), but ultimately a person has to be willing to consider belief in G-d as an option. The “scientific” approach taught in most schools today is...

Is it permitted to write on one’s body if it’s not permanent?

The Torah only prohibits writing which is permanently tattooed into the skin, 1 but does not forbid writing on the flesh if it can be erased. 2 However, there are those who contend that this is Rabbinically forbidden -- so it's better not to write phone numbers on your hand, and stay away from the fake tattoo...

On which days is it improper to clip ones nails?

– It is forbidden to pare finger or toenails on Shabbat and any major Jewish holiday (with the exception of Chanukah and Purim). – Some say that one shouldn’t trim nails on Thursdays, because they’re growth becomes evident on Shabbat. – The prevailing custom is...

Why do we cover our eyes when we recite the “shema”?

It is customary to cover the eyes with the right hand when reciting the first verse of the Shema – “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” When reciting this all-important declaration of faith, we cover our eyes to be able to focus and concentrate properly, without being...

Why didn’t Abraham intercede on his son’s behalf when commanded to sacrifice him?

Your question is quite good, especially when comparing it with Moses’ (successful) prayers on behalf of the Jews after G-d decided to annihilate them following the sin of the Golden Calf. However, if you analyze the two situations you will see that there is a tremendous difference between them. Moses was...

Does the commandment to Honor Your Parents apply to gentiles as well?

Gentiles are, indeed, obligated to respect their parents, as is understood from the following story told in the Jerusalem Talmud (Tractate Kiddushin 31a):   The Sages asked Rabbi Eliezer how far one should go in honoring parents. He said to them: Go and see how one gentile in Ashdod honored his father, and...

What is the Jewish view on smacking children?

Different approaches have been used throughout the ages, depending on the culture and situation prevalent at the time. The following lines are some Torah guidelines for this sensitive subject:   King Solomon, the wisest of men, wrote in Proverbs: “One who spares his rod hates his child, but he who loves...

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