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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 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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Why does G-d allow bad things to happen to good people?

Many great minds, religious and not yet religious, Jewish and Gentile, have attempted to answer this troubling question, but the fact that it continues to be asked indicates that none of the answers have laid the question to rest. In attempting to provide a response, it is worth examining the very first question...

If Jewish parents adopt, is the child automatically Jewish?

According to Jewish Law, a person is Jewish if s/he was born to a Jewish mother or if s/he converted according to Jewish Law. If the religion of the child’s biological mother is unknown, we go by the majority of the population, which (outside of Israel) is assumed to be non-Jewish. Because of the...

What is a kosher fish?

The Torah does not permit Jews to eat all types of fish – only those that have fins and scales: “this you may eat from everything that is in the water – everything that has fins and scales... but anything that does not have fins and scales... shall be abhorrent to you” (Leviticus 11:9-12)....

How long have there been rabbis leading the synagogues?

We can probably identify Moses as the very first rabbi of a synagogue – although the “synagogue” he served in was the Tabernacle, the precursor to the Holy Temple. The Tabernacle was erected in the year 2449 in the Jewish calendar (1311 BCE). Since that time, throughout Jewish history, there...

What is a Beraita?

Jewish Law is Divided into two main sections, The Written Law (the Torah, comprising the five books of the Pentateuch) and the Oral Law. Both were given to Moses on Mount Sinai in the year 2448 in the Jewish calendar (1313 BCE). [The other nineteen books of the Bible were added by later prophets.] The Oral Law...

How can I be gracious with all the mental and emotional strains I have?

I certainly sympathize with your difficulties, especially in view of the fact that you are bothered by the impact it may have on others. Since you do not mention any details as to the cause(s) of your mental and emotional strain, I will have to suffice with some general observations. Everything that happens...

What is the Jewish view on capital punishment?

Capital punishment, or dinei nefashot in Hebrew, is mentioned early on in the Torah in regard to punishment for murder: immediately after the flood, G-d commanded Noah: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man will his blood be shed, for in the image of G-d He created man” (Genesis 9:6). It is...

What is the Jewish view on abortion?

The Short Answer: Generally speaking abortion is prohibited. Nonetheless, it is not considered "murder", and there are actually instances when it is permitted. A qualified Halachic authority would have to determine that on a case by case basis. The Askmoses Answer: This is a very complex...

For how long is Kaddish recited following the passing of a family member?

A person recites Kaddish Yatom (Mourner's 1 Kaddish) for a departed father or mother for 11 months. 2 These are Jewish calendar (lunar) months. In a Jewish leap year (when there are two Adars) – kaddish is also recited for only 11 months. Hence, if the mourner began reciting the kaddish on the 5th of...

What is Kaddish?

Kaddish is a prayer of praise and sanctification of G-d. The Talmud declares allegorically that when Jewish people enter their synagogues and Houses of Study and as part of the Kaddish declare, “May His Great Name be blessed forever...” G-d Himself nods and responds, “Happy is the King who is...

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