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Belief: God made world, runs it. Remember that we don’t always see big picture. (14 words, 80 characters) link to similar

Kashrut is: following Torah laws for eating. Turns eating from physical to spiritual. Is not: for health reasons, or food blessed by rabbi. (23 words, 140 characters) link to similar

Shabbat: God rested, so do we. (6 words, 30 characters) link to similar

Tzniut: More than clothes, it’s how we present ourselves to world. Modesty both in dress and in actions. (18 words, 104 characters) link to similar
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What is the Jewish view on organ transplants?

Hiring or asking someone to say Kaddish for your relative?

Can adulterers marry after proper divorce?

Is one obliged to inform a seller of the value of an item?

Can Israel be both a democracy and a Jewish state?

How do I measure whether I'm living up to what God expects?

Is Organ or Tissue Donation Okay for Jews?

Gun Control?

God He? What language do we use, & what does it mean?

For inclusion purposes & Israeli citizenship, who is a Jew?

Stem Cell Research?

Parent's right to try to persuade?

Grieving family after losing son to a drug overdose.

Is the State of Israel a central focus of the Judaism?

Right to privacy even for despicable things?

Kosher options on the road?

Are we judged by G-d for our thoughts and fantasies?

How re-gain trust & be believed after lying?

Baby Naming

Mean to a sibling? How do I know when I am?

Does G-d trully create soul mates?

Respecting the Law of the Land?

Obsessed with Money?

What does Judaism say about intermarriage?

Crossing a line when chating on the internet.

Jewish views on genetic selection for children?

What do I do with suspected stolen goods I bought?

What is the Jewish response to natural tragedy?

Obligation to Exercise?

Use/Abuse Homeless Guests in Synagogue for Publicity?

Resonsibility for a neighbor going through hard times?

How long is too long to date before engagement?

Teaching children self esteem.

Sexual roles: is female domination okay?

Internet Infidelity?

How long one should date before getting married?

How far should I push with learning Torah?

Jewish values about being a sperm donor to a couple?

Why does G-d let suffering repeat?

Is there an obligation for every Jew to visit Israel?

Is there an obligation to vote pro-Israel?

I discovered Jewish heritage in my family - now what?

Should Jewish leaders criticize Israel's policies in public?

Asking for Forgiveness?

Is the timing of an unveiling set by Jewish law?

Who can follow a Mitzvah?

Can a Jew enter a Church?

What is the position on "embryo reduction"?

Is the religious divide to great to respect each other?

Jewish values on breeding dogs as a business?

Modesty and appearance for unmarried young adults?

Watching porn? Judging others? What is worse?

Does family Jewish heritage long ago make me a Jew?

Pressure to marry 'Jewish' racism & cause for anti-Semitism?

Tree & Santa in Shul at Christmas for Homeless guests?

Obligation to Last Wishes?

If my friend is cheating on her spouse, what should I do?

Why don't some Ultra-Orthodox Jews celebrate Yom Haatzmaut?


Marital obligation to my spouse diagnosed dementia?

All sinners, all the time? Are we failures in religion?

What is a woman to do if her husband just won't work?

Should I write about Jewish law on a sex worker's blog?

What the #?%*! Boycott Israel?

Dirty Donation?

Using a false identity to post things online?

What to do about restricting Jewish religious expression?

Is there universal acceptance of any process of conversion?

Jewish stance on mourning an abusive parent?

Asking for Forgiveness?

Breaking the news that I'm now a Jew!

Can art be seperated from vile views of the artist?

Can a non-practicing mom raise a Jewish child? Should she?

What is the Torah view on recycling?

Family diversity: Observant VS Not Observant?

How important is it to be buried in a Jewish cemetery?

Do we celebrate a conversion?

Jewish ethical obligation to tell co-worker to fly right?

Should a Rabbi engage in political speech from the bima?

Is “Freedom of Speech” a Torah/Jewish value?

Marriage to fulfill a mitzvah more important than for love?

Must I fix my relationship with my son?

Who can serve as a Jewish witness at a wedding?

Jew by Choice

What does Yom Haatzmaut mean to American Jews?

Are there rules for placing a Ner Tamid?


Can you say Kaddish for someone not buried?

Can a single women use IVF?

Grieving Mom

What obligation to care for aging parents?

Can you lie to your boss to get another job?

What is the meaning of 'my prayers are with you' in Judaism?

Jewish perspective on how to debate political matters?

How does the concept of “tzedakah” apply to government?

How much food on Shabbat is too much?

What is the view on illegal immigration in Israel?

Must we mourn the temple's destruction?

Discussing political issues in religious terms.

Photos on Headstones?

Jewish woman wearing short shorts or bikinis?

How should employers treat employees?

Required to Perform on Shabbat - What now?

Why do women cover their eyes when lighting Shabbat candles?

Dressing Modestly

What makes a Jews' compliance to ethics uniquely Jewish?

What about TV? Should we refrain?

Can just part of a family convert to Judaism?

Dressing Tznius (modesty).

How come dairy (taken from animals) can't touch meats?

Can Jews of one ethnicity adopt customs of another?

Is it appropriate to drape a casket with a flag for vet?

Bad situation vs a good situation?

Can a Jew and non Jew be married synagogue?

When must one reveal that they are a convert?

Whose conversions are accepted in Israel?

Are we obligated to give to the homeless?

Are Body Farms Permissable?

Can a Jew be buried with a tattoo?

Surrogate Mother?

The Kotel: how far is too far? Who gets to say?

Is a medical test that mixes human and animal cells okay?

Am I a Jew?

Veteran's Day is an opportunity to honor our veterans?

What can and can't I do regarding Shabbat in the U.S. Army?

Can we benefit from past atrocities and war crimes?

What is my Jewish name?

Why on Sukkot do we focus on huts?

What is the ideal way to give tzedakah, charity?

When to light Shabbat candles?

Are African American converts accepted within Judaism?

Obligation to children in will?

Is being trustworthy a mitzvah?

Is an adulterous spouse off-limits?

Ritual status of person whose job is to deal with the dead?

Do woman have the same obligations as men in prayer?

Addiction to cybersex?

Is there a specific obligation to vote?

How honest must I be in a recommendation?

What does Judaism tell me about sexual urges?

Better to convert or to marry and have children first?

Holding on too long to hopes & dreams for an adult child?

Must we honor an abusive parent?

When can you postpose a brit milah?

My mother is not Jewish - my father is Jewish.

Is there an obligation to leave a country dangerous to Jews?

Jewish view on resurrection of the dead - physical status?

Are combat sports like boxing okay?

Is recycling and saving the planet a mitzvah?

My Boss insists only 1 hour for lunch break.

Judaism - Who is the mother?

Holding an unveiling service on a holiday!

What constitutes adultery?

Stand up for Israel

Invitation to an Unveiling?

Are some Jewish people not suited to marriage?

Shaving with a razor instead of an electric shaver?

Are we required to move to Israel?

V’ahavta l’Reacha Kamocha

In Jewish view, must a captain go down with his ship?

Can Masorti converts wed in an Orthodox shul?

In a pinch, ok to use a phone app for praying on Shabbat?

What if it looks non-kosher?

Commemorating Jewish Days of Tragedy.

Is it Okay to sell an unkosher Torah?

Was Moses a Bad Father and/or Spouse?

Sex in public?

What is the Jewish view regarding abortion?

Why is there a tradition to say chapters of Tehillim?

May a Gentile attend Jewish services?

Leap Year AGAIN?

“what’s in it for me” Torah observance?

Electric Shabbat and Havdalah Candles?

Why not cremation?

Jewish views on mixed-breed animals?

Why are closed adoptions discouraged?

Should a minority impose their wishes on the majority?

Assisted living dining together

No relations - Divorce?

Jewish view on testing using healthy persons?

Balancing Mitzvot

Genetic testing to establish Jewishness?

Is aguna a non-orthodox concern?

Dangerous Facebook post by teen.

Are there any parts of a kosher bird that are not kosher?

Supporting public schools, beyond my tax dollars?

What does Judaism say about naming a child?

When donate clothes of the deceased?

Can a single mother with a child be accepted as a spouse?

Jewish wedding, unkosher food??

What is the significance Tu B'Av?

Intermarriage Problem?

Is it Kosher to mix vegan 'cheese' and meat?

Who decides who is Jewish?

In Judaism, OK to lie to court to prevent death penalty?

Must I attend High Holiday services?

Strange Customs?

Share scientific truths about global warming?
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