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Question: Can a female child be named for a deceased grandfather if his Hebrew name is Meir Eliazor ben Meir hakohen? What would a feminine form of this name be?
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Question: Our Orthodox Jewish neighbor always knocks on our door during their sabbath to turn on lights, turn off things. This happens every weekend and it is driving us nuts. We live in a Condo and they live below us. What is the Jewish view on this use of someone as a 'Shabbos Goy'? Is this ethical and in line with Jewish values?
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Question: Should we be proactive and try to explain our customs to non-Jews, or is it better not to, since many of our customs may seem strange and be viewed negatively by the larger world? For examples: circumcision, and waving the Lulav & Etrog (palm branch and citron - four species).
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Question: How far can one go in internet communications with another person without crossing a line and violating one’s vows to a spouse?
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Question: Is it possible/acceptable to have a bar/bat mitzvah after the normal age?
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Question: A question on Jewish funeral etiquette/proper behavior: What should one do when a funeral lands on the same day as a celebration - a Bar/Bat Mitzvah/wedding/Bris Milah/baby naming, etc.? What if one is a mourner - does that change the answer?
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Question: If a Jewish woman isn't married but would like to have a child, does Jewish law permit in vitro fertilization?
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Question: What is the Jewish view on returning captives? When a soldier is in captivity, as Gilad Shalit was for five years, do Diaspora Jews have a responsibility to draw attention to his plight?
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Question: The Jewish community seems divided about the Israeli conversion bill. As individual Jews living in the Diaspora, what should we be paying attention to or responding to? How are the denominations responding?
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