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What is Ahavat Yisrael?
A. “Ahavat Yisrael” means “love of Israel”—but who’s Israel? We don’t mean the country here. Israel is you....

What should I do if I see someone violating the Torah?
A. The Torah addresses all sides of life, including the idea of “do your own thing.” With the Torah lifestyle, there’s no such thing as...

What does the Torah say about how to treat a widow or orphan?
A. The Torah says (Exodus 22:21) “Do not mistreat widows and orphans.” This is Negative Mitzvah #256. Treating widows and orphans properly is...

What is the Jewish view on gossip?
A. Gossip in Hebrew is Lashon Hara, which literally means “the evil tongue.” Lashon Hara is Negative Mitzvah #301; it essentially outlaws...

Can I take revenge if I've been mistreated?
A. To be or to be? Out of the question. Negative Mitzvah #304 says “don’t.” Example: if you ask me for my car, and I say no, you may be...

I can't stand my mother-in-law! What's your advice?!
I don’t understand the question. Just kidding!But seriously, can you imagine a world in which everyone was absolutely the same? I mean, carbon copy,...

How do I become truly idealistic and altruistic?
I will answer you with a story: During the lifetime of the Baal Shem Tov, the first teacher of Chassidism, there lived a man who had a reputation for...

Why do some Jews attack Chassidim, particularly Chabad?
I believe that the friction that exists today between chassidim and misnagdim is not motivated by ideology. When the chassidic movement was founded by the...

Why does the Torah allow slavery?
Preface: words are loaded terms that come with preconceived images. The English word slave has a very denigrating connotation and usually evokes the image...

How do I become a giving person?
Giving starts with truly caring about others. When you truly care about another, then automatically you will find yourself giving; both practically and...

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