Chanukah Menorah

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Chanukah Menorah

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Lain City: Saskatoon Profession: Retired physician Full Question: “I thought that a menorah had seven branches but I have recently seen one in my community that has nine branches. Why is there a difference? What do the branches mean?” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: Thank you so much for your question! The original Menorah in the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple) had a total of 7 branches. The Menorah was lit...

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Zionism and Halacha

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Zionism and Halacha

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Daniel Indyk Full Question: “I understand Halachic Judaism has a problem with Zionism and the state of Israel. How does one deal with this?” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: One of the many beautiful aspects of Judaism is the concept of “Elu v’elu Divrei Elokim Chayim” (there is more than one legitimate way to connect to G-d). Meaning, no one has the monopoly on the right way to live as a...

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When Does Shabbos End?

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 | 0 comments

When Does Shabbos End?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Cory Haffly Full Question: “Hello, I have always believed that the Sabbath begins at sunset Friday and ends at sunset Saturday, but I recently read in a book on Judaism that the Sabbath “officially” ends at “nightfall” on Saturday, about 45 minutes after sunset, when at least three stars can be sighted.  Is this true? Thanks, Cory.” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: In Judaism, as a...

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Why is Judaism Anti-Homosexual?

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 | 4 comments

Why is Judaism Anti-Homosexual?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Daniel City: Toronto Profession: Technical Writer / Mathematician Full Question: “I am still at a loss to understand why homosexuality is the one thing many Jews focus on to the exclusion of all else. There are 612 other mitzvoth in the Torah, yet no effort is made to bemoan their breaking. Why this fixation on homosexuality? I truly don’t care what two consenting adults (of either gender) do in the privacy...

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How can we Understand the Commandment to Wipe Out Amalek?

Posted on May 17, 2015 | 8 comments

How can we Understand the Commandment to Wipe Out Amalek?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Isaac City: New York Age: Teenager School: Chaim Berlin Full Question: “Isaiah Berlin – a philosopher – said that the greatest danger to the world is when people impose their beliefs on others. ISIS is a perfect example of this as they kill many people because they believe that that’s what Allah wants. So, my question is, what about Milchemes Amalek? Wasn’t that genocide? The Jews...

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