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Genocide

Dear Rabbi and Susan, In the process of working through my five Fs, I’ve been reading the Bible with a group of friends. One of the things I find disturbing is the genocide in the Torah. Can you help me with the concept of conquering a people and killing every man, woman, and child? Fred...

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My Daughter Doesn’t Respect Me

I have a 34-year-old daughter living with me on and off for several years. Including twice during her marriage she lived with me. I was always there for her she’s been in and out of hospital several times with conditions / Lupus / kidney / blood clots etc. From age 12…… .34 she’s always disrespected...

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Separate Vacations for Spouses

Does the idea of your spouse taking a vacation with her girlfriends or his guy friends make you uneasy? David H. Dear David, You initially asked this question on our Happy Warrior discussion board, and it received some conflicting—and passionate—responses. We asked you if we could bring it to the attention of all our readers...

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Am I Too Generous?

First, let me start with the situation… I am a faithful tither, not only to my church but to other organizations. My issue is I am not good with my personal finances. My question is… Do I stop tithing to focus on my finances and then go back to tithing once I have control? I...

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Does the book of Daniel

speak of the days after October 7, 2023? Dear Rabbi & Susan, A number of Bible scholars recently have been commenting on the book of Daniel and particularly Daniel 11:40 – Daniel 12:13 and have been making connections to it and this month’s (Oct 2023) crisis in Israel and believe we have taken a step...

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I’m Heading a Fundraising Campaign for a School

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I’m spearheading the most important fundraiser for my daughter’s school as I write. I’m an entrepreneur and a salesman, so I enjoy using my skills in order to assure that my daughter and her friends have a proper Jewish education. My question is as follows. While I hate rejection, losing a...

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How Could They?

In the process of working through my five Fs, I’ve been reading the Bible with a group of friends. One of the things I find disturbing is the genocide in the Torah. Can you help me with the concept of conquering a people and killing every man, woman, and child? Also, being from a very...

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Going Trucking

Shalom Rabbi Lapin and Susan, I am a 52-year-old woman, married for 27 years. My husband and I invested in our two daughters, homeschooling them while living on my husband’s income. Now both our girls still live with us. The oldest has her own job and does pay for her share of the bills including...

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Keeping the Sabbath

Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin. I hope you are well. I have a question regarding something that has been ‘on my mind’ for some time and that is ‘what should non-Jews do in regard to observing the Sabbath?’ I was brought up as a Catholic by my parents and so became familiar with the...

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Kicking the Snooze Bar Habit

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Upon stumbling on your teachings and podcast, I caught a comment you said about how a man should never hit the snooze button. I, however, hit my snooze button all the time! It’s really bad, and the reason why this is important to me is because for the past 4 years...

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