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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 a blessing recited over non-Kosher food?

Question: I have a kosher kitchen, but I still eat at non-kosher restaurants (even though I don’t mix milk and meat or eat pork or seafood.) Am I still supposed to wash for bread, recite brachot, Grace after Meals, etc., for these not so kosher meals I eat? Answer: It is wonderful that you keep a...

When is the tallit pulled over the head during prayer?

There are different opinions as to when one must cover one’s head: Some require the head to be covered for the entire prayer, 1 while others only require that the tallit cover the head immediately after reciting the brachah l'hitateif b'tzitzit for the amount of time it would take to walk four cubits...

Is it sensible to have children if it's beyond the parents' financial means?

Question: Hello, my name is Harrison and I am a traditional Jew living in xxxxxxxxx. I got married about two years ago. Currently, both my wife and I work. We make an average salary. I have lots of debt from my schooling, adding up to over 100,000. Plus a mortgage, two car payments, etc... Anyway, we are very...

My wife will be away for Shabbat; do we both light two candles?

There are two general reasons given for lighting Shabbat candles: 1) So that there will be shalom and menucha (peace and rest) in the home and people won’t trip over things; 2) to honor and delight in the Shabbat. 1   Accordingly, even though your wife will be lighting elsewhere, you should also...

According to Jewish law, is a verbal agreement binding?

Question: I verbally agreed to rent an apartment for a short period. Now I cannot due to several factors. Am I obligated to pay for the month I agreed to even though I will not be living there?   Answer: Without actually ruling in your case (which would be unfair, since a ruling can only be given in the...

Many rules in the Torah are similar to “Hammurabi's Code” -- which predates the Torah...

It should not bother you that Hammurabi's rules governing social and commercial interaction are similar to the rules found in the Torah. Most of the social and economic and political laws of the Torah fall into the category of what we call mishpatim – rules that can be derived by logic (although we keep...

Should I allow my child to carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween?

Halloween is originally an ancient pagan festival instituted in order to “appease” the spirits of the dead. It was later adopted by Christians and given a Christian interpretation. Today it is also associated with the occult and with spirit worship.   In any event, it is definitely not of benefit to...

What is the meaning of the name “Michal”?

Mi-cha-el (Michael in English) means “Who is like G-d” – Mi = who; cha (gutteral ch- as in Cha nukah) = like; E-l = G-d. I am not sure whether Michal is a similar compound word but it is possible.   However, Rabbi Menachem Azaria MiPano (or DeFano -- Italy) interprets the name as an...

What is the literal meaning of “Yad Vashem”?

These words are taken from the words of Isaiah: 1 “For so says the Lord to the eunuchs who will keep My Sabbaths and will choose what I desire and hold fast to My covenant, ‘I will give them in My house and in My walls a “Yad vaShem” (place and a name), better than sons and daughters; an...

Is it allowed to tape a TV show over Shabbat or Yom Tov?

Setting a timer on Friday so that a prohibited act will occur automatically on Shabbat seems at first glance to be very similar to the well-established halachic rule that “it is permitted to start an action on Friday near sunset even though the work cannot be completed on Friday and can only be finished on...

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