February 2023

Tithing and Taxes

Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin, My husband and I want to pick your brain regarding tithing. In 2020, we started our own trucking company and have been doing very well for ourselves. We began tithing in 2022 always giving the first 10% to the Lord. We have a lot of fun giving and often […]

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Wimps or Daredevils

I discovered a previously unpublished Musing deep in the bowels of my computer. From the anecdote therein, I must have written it over six years ago. Within the past few weeks, I have been bombarded with statistics about anxious children, suicidal teens, and emotionally precarious young adults. As society’s hysteria and behavior over COVID upped

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Three Cheers for Fears

Are you afraid? Maybe you fear inflation eating away at your savings. Perhaps you see evil ideologies racing to entrap the families you love and the children you are raising. Rising rates of random violence in the streets might have you nervous about going out. Maybe, just maybe, there is a silver lining. Ancient Jewish

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My Brother-in-Law

is stealing from my parents Dear Rabbi, Susan, and Happy Warrior Community, I’m searching for some wisdom. I’ve been asked by my parents to keep the lines of communication open with my sister; however, her husband is trying to destroy my parent’s financial life. I’m not ok with his behavior, but to keep communication open

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Aim for the Bottom

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful Shabbat meal with two popular and lauded teachers. These women taught different grades (lower elementary and high school respectively) in two different schools. Yet, they shared an important commonality. Both of them were getting less satisfaction from teaching than in the past. Both may stop teaching sooner than

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Some Give and Take

While discussing the verses which warn judges (and all of us) against taking a bribe (Exodus 23:8 and Deuteronomy 16:19), ancient Jewish wisdom relates a tale of two men who were standing under a hot sun. One invites the other to share the shielding cover of his umbrella. As they begin to chat, the umbrella’s

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I’m Dealing With Anti-Semitism

Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin, I am having trouble navigating university as an Orthodox Jew. I grew up in a small town with almost no Jews and dealt with a lot of nasty anti-Semitic remarks as a child. Eventually, I found my way to religion during my college years. Now, in a post-BA program,

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Whimper

I first heard of Chloe Cole when she was a guest on Dr. Jordan Peterson’s podcast. At the age of 17, she became a public voice against transitioning children. Earlier, as an unhappy 13-year-old, she had quickly been “diagnosed” with gender dysphoria, leading to being prescribed hormone blockers and testosterone, and undergoing a double mastectomy

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Get Back on Your Feet

Professor Raymond Dart was a famous anthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. On the first day of the school year, in the manner of teachers everywhere, he opened his Introduction to Anthropology course with a lecture. However, a bit into his talk, he braced his hands on the lectern and, tucking

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1 Bank Account; 2 Bank Accounts

I have been listening to your podcasts for roughly about two years now and find them very insightful on God’s word and relevant to the times and seasons, thank you for being a blessing. I come from an African household where my father was the main provider as he had a very stable and well-paid

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