Who is a Jew?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Who is a Jew?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Zachariah City: Annapolis, MD Age: 27 School: Public school Full Question: “I have a fully Jewish mother but a Christian father. I do know that Judaism is passed on maternal lines, and I was raised Jewish, but being the product of a mixed marriage, does that make me any less Jewish? Going to synagogue, when I say my last name, I often get the impression ‘something isn’t right.’ Yet, if my...

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Is a Jew permitted to be a Vegetarian?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Is a Jew permitted to be a Vegetarian?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: drkae Profession: CE Full Question: “how do Jews who are meambers of peta and/or vegans handle Passover lamb slashing?????????????” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: While there may be some observant Jews who are vegetarians or vegans, such a choice is perfectly acceptable due to health reasons or personal taste preference. However, meat should not be rejected due to any moral stance against eating animals....

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Why do we Search for Chametz?

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 | 2 comments

Why do we Search for Chametz?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Anonymous City: Minneapolis, MN Full Question: “I am looking the reasons why we search for Hametz in our home before Pesach, and what are the reasons we do those rituals? Thank you for your Help.” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: The prohibition of Chametz (unleavened bread) on Pesach is not limited to eating it. We are also not allowed to own any Chametz or benefit from it in any way during Pesach. So to...

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How many years has it been since Noah, Abraham and Beginning of Time?

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 | 4 comments

How many years has it been since Noah, Abraham and Beginning of Time?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Jonathan Stadler City: Lincoln, NE Full Question: “This yr is 5775. Is that computed from Noah or Abraham?” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: Neither. Noach (Noah) was born in the Jewish year 1056 and died in 2006. Avraham (Abraham) was born in 1948 and died in 2123. 5775 years is the count since Adam and Chava (Eve) were born, which was towards the end of the 6th “day” of creation. So on the...

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Who Committed the First Sin?

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Who Committed the First Sin?

Question submitted to “Ask the Rabbi” by: Name: Hope City: Bakersfield Full Question: “We have been discussing the first sin.  The English version of the Torah states that Eve gave to Adam who was with her in Genesis 3.  Was Adam present with Eve during the conversation between Eve and the Snake (Satan).” Rabbi Tully Bryks responds: Adam was not present during the conversation between Eve and the snake. Once she had eaten from the tree, she brought...

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