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Dear Rabbi, We are not observant, but have observant relatives who have a conference in Dallas and are staying with us over the next week. They have asked us to…

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Rabbi Fried, If Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment and Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement, why isn’t the order switched? Why not first repent and absolve yourself of…

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Rabbi, There is just something uncomfortable about your position regarding “Women at the Wall,” and with your response to Richard R., the matter may require even more fleshing-out. The fact…

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Dear Rabbi Fried, I would like to inquire about the three weeks of mourning being observed by Orthodox Jews. Why need we mourn something that happened so long ago? I…

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Dear Rabbi Fried, A short time ago in your column you addressed the issue of talking in synagogue and attributed the problem, in part, to the lack of connection most…

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Dear Rabbi Fried, Our literature is filled with the notion that we are the “Chosen People.” Although I’m not sure what exactly that connotes, one thing I do know is…

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Dear Rabbi Fried, My brother, sadly, recently lost his 7-year-old son, the victim of a rare disease he contracted this past year. Needless to say, my brother and sister-in-law are…

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By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried Dear Rabbi Fried, For the past couple of months, my colleague at work has been listening to Christian pop music. She has her own iPod so everyone…

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By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried Dear Rabbi Fried, I recently heard a talk from my rabbi where she explained “an eye for an eye” in the Torah. As society has…

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Dear Rabbi Fried, I’ve heard all the jokes about the bar mitzvah being more bar than mitzvah, but what is the actual meaning of the term “bar mitzvah?” Joey C.…

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