Year: 2021

Did I Make You Cry?

What can someone say that would make you cry? I’m not talking about hearing a sad story or getting bad news. I’m asking if another person stating a point of view you don’t share, or politely and innocently mentioning something to which you are sensitive, would cause you to burst out in loud, angry, and...

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Marijuana. I don’t know what to think about it.

Question of the Week: I am one of your devoted listeners from Italy. A HOT topic I am curious about,to be seen through the lens of ancient jewish wisdom,is cannabis, marijuana, weed… My question about cannabis is:From a moral and religious perspective,what is the issue with cannabis? It is a natural plant that has always...

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I’d Never Do That!

Are you really sure? Progressive Extremists mocked former Vice President Pence in 2017 when an earlier interview that he had given in 2002 resurfaced. They howled in derision about his commitment to avoid all secluded meetings with women other than his wife. The New York Times even commissioned a poll intended to reveal how out...

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Internet Dating: Yay or Nay?

Question of the week: Hi Rabbi and Mrs. Lapin, I am a young Christian man and I have followed y’all’s teachings for many years now. I am always enamored at the wisdom you both bring in all your resources. So thank you for all you’ve done over the years for me and my family through...

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Follow the Science

“Because I said so,” has long been repudiated as a parenting technique. Do mothers and fathers sometimes need to use it? Yes. But as the basis for a parent-child relationship, it is lacking. It provides no guidance to the child that will help him make better decisions in the future and it depends upon a...

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I Lost My Job!

…and it’s really getting me down Dear Rabbi and Susan (and all happy warriors out there!), A couple of weeks ago my work contract was terminated. We entered a mutual agreement of termination, which means that technically (legally) I wasn’t fired, even though the end result is not much different. As I was listening to...

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Good Gracious You’re Pregnant

“Just five more minutes,” “One more chapter,” “I guess I can stay a little longer.” The temptation to stretch out an enjoyable activity just a little bit more is one to which we can all relate. After a month of reveling in God’s closeness, culminating with the Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), the Jewish people felt...

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You Should See the Other Guy

We recently completed the Ten Days of Repentance, that started with Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year) and ends with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). This is a time of year for introspection, for evaluating one’s actions over the past year and committing to improvement should God bless us with more time. I always find...

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I Love My Work But…Am I Supporting Abortion?

Dear Rabbi, Your teachings always bring new light into the understanding of the world through the lens of the holy scripture. Therefore I turn to you with a troubling question. I work as a medical nurse in a large metropolitan hospital. My specialization is the preparation of the surgical kits for all kinds of operations....

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Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go

Or not. Question of the week: Hello, I’m Dan, listening from Ontario, Canada. In your podcast Episode 123 you mentioned that there is a benefit to children watching dad go to work every day. My wife and I have a 2-year-old son and have a second child on the way. I work from home and...

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