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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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Teaching children self esteem.

Respecting the Law of the Land?

What is the Jewish response to natural tragedy?

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

What do I do with suspected stolen goods I bought?

Hiring or asking someone to say Kaddish for your relative?

Stem Cell Research?

Use/Abuse Homeless Guests in Synagogue for Publicity?

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

Resonsibility for a neighbor going through hard times?

How re-gain trust & be believed after lying?

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

Obsessed with Money?

Kosher options on the road?

How long one should date before getting married?

Grieving family after losing son to a drug overdose.

Sexual roles: is female domination okay?

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

Crossing a line when chating on the internet.

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

Gun Control?

How long is too long to date before engagement?

Does G-d trully create soul mates?

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

Obligation to Exercise?

What does Judaism say about intermarriage?

Jewish values on breeding dogs as a business?

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

Jewish values about being a sperm donor to a couple?

Tree & Santa in Shul at Christmas for Homeless guests?

Marital obligation to my spouse diagnosed dementia?

Is the religious divide to great to respect each other?

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

Why does G-d let suffering repeat?

How far should I push with learning Torah?

Asking for Forgiveness?

Breaking the news that I'm now a Jew!

Is there universal acceptance of any process of conversion?

Is there an obligation to vote pro-Israel?

What to do about restricting Jewish religious expression?

What is the Torah view on recycling?

Obligation to Last Wishes?

What the #?%*! Boycott Israel?

Modesty and appearance for unmarried young adults?

Is the timing of an unveiling set by Jewish law?

Dirty Donation?

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

Family diversity: Observant VS Not Observant?

Can art be seperated from vile views of the artist?

What is the position on "embryo reduction"?

Should a Rabbi engage in political speech from the bima?

Must we mourn the temple's destruction?

Internet Infidelity?

Dressing Tznius (modesty).

Required to Perform on Shabbat - What now?

What makes a Jews' compliance to ethics uniquely Jewish?

Photos on Headstones?

Can a single women use IVF?

How much food on Shabbat is too much?

How should employers treat employees?

What obligation to care for aging parents?

Can you lie to your boss to get another job?

Watching porn? Judging others? What is worse?

Marriage to fulfill a mitzvah more important than for love?

What about TV? Should we refrain?

Grieving Mom

Jewish perspective on how to debate political matters?

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

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

Must I fix my relationship with my son?

Why do women cover their eyes when lighting Shabbat candles?

Jew by Choice

Discussing political issues in religious terms.

Jewish woman wearing short shorts or bikinis?

Are there rules for placing a Ner Tamid?


What is the view on illegal immigration in Israel?

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

What is the ideal way to give tzedakah, charity?

Do woman have the same obligations as men in prayer?

Bad situation vs a good situation?

Addiction to cybersex?

Is there a specific obligation to vote?

Why on Sukkot do we focus on huts?

Can Jews of one ethnicity adopt customs of another?

Can a Jew be buried with a tattoo?

When to light Shabbat candles?

What does Judaism tell me about sexual urges?

How honest must I be in a recommendation?

Whose conversions are accepted in Israel?

Am I a Jew?

Can a Jew and non Jew be married synagogue?

Is being trustworthy a mitzvah?

Obligation to children in will?

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

Are Body Farms Permissable?

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

Are we obligated to give to the homeless?

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

When must one reveal that they are a convert?

Surrogate Mother?

What if it looks non-kosher?

Why is there a tradition to say chapters of Tehillim?

What is the Jewish view regarding abortion?

Commemorating Jewish Days of Tragedy.

Are some Jewish people not suited to marriage?

Must we honor an abusive parent?

Sex in public?

Are we required to move to Israel?

Shaving with a razor instead of an electric shaver?

Is it Okay to sell an unkosher Torah?

Jewish view on resurrection of the dead - physical status?

My Boss insists only 1 hour for lunch break.

Judaism - Who is the mother?

V’ahavta l’Reacha Kamocha

Is recycling and saving the planet a mitzvah?

Are combat sports like boxing okay?

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

When can you postpose a brit milah?

Invitation to an Unveiling?

What constitutes adultery?

My mother is not Jewish - my father is Jewish.

Can Masorti converts wed in an Orthodox shul?

Was Moses a Bad Father and/or Spouse?

Leap Year AGAIN?

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

Electric Shabbat and Havdalah Candles?

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

Holding an unveiling service on a holiday!

Stand up for Israel

Jewish wedding, unkosher food??

Genetic testing to establish Jewishness?

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

Assisted living dining together

Why are closed adoptions discouraged?

Balancing Mitzvot

Should a minority impose their wishes on the majority?

What does Judaism say about naming a child?

What is the significance Tu B'Av?

Intermarriage Problem?

Why not cremation?

Jewish views on mixed-breed animals?

No relations - Divorce?

Supporting public schools, beyond my tax dollars?

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

Dangerous Facebook post by teen.

When donate clothes of the deceased?

Is aguna a non-orthodox concern?

Jewish view on testing using healthy persons?

Strange Customs?

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

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

Must I attend High Holiday services?

Who decides who is Jewish?

Share scientific truths about global warming?
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