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Here I Am!

I know that words matter and had a question about Genesis 22:1 and 22:11. In verse 1, Abraham answers, “Here I am,” and in verse 22 “Here am I.” Any significance to this difference? Thank you for all that you do and have a great rest of the day. Matt D. Dear Matt, Thank you...

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Should I Call My Son, My Daughter?

Dear Rabbi Lapin and Susan, While still in college and near his 20th birthday, my son announced his decision to start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help him look more like how he feels inside, a woman. He says he’s felt this way since early in high school, and he told us he’d already legally...

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Infertility

I’d like to begin by thanking you both for your wonderful teachings, which have been critical to my understanding and progress toward my 5Fs. Although all 5Fs are important, I recognize the significance of family and the critical role it plays not only in our individual lives but also in society. However, I was curious...

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The Whole Bible

I want to know it all! Thank you for all the work you do in helping us folks understand God’s word. I would like some help in understanding the whole of the Old Testament and would be most interested in a book or course from you, Rabbi Lapin, that does that. However, I’m confused by...

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Which Job Should I Take?

I’m going to start a new job next week. They are going to pay me more than the previous company. They are going to teach me some new skills also. But, I’ve found another offer where they offer over 25% more than the new company and they require skills I already have. Should I even...

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Do High School Girlfriends Pose a Threat 40 Years Later?

My husband’s 40th high school reunion is coming up and while he is super excited about it, I am less so. Since he is on the committee, this has put him back in touch with his old girlfriend, who is also on the committee. There are emails including “Do you remember?” flying back and forth...

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I’m Going to be a Godmother

What is my role? Hello Rabbi & Susan, I am a godmother and I am asking your advice in regards to the core attributes of such a woman in this lifetime commitment. Thank you,Tameka B. What a lovely honor and tribute to you, Tameka, that you were asked to be in this position. We are...

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Brave Leadership

I’m not seeing it in my church When you were leading a synagogue did you have the freedom to teach in the same way you teach now? I see many pastors provide a watered-down version of their faith afraid of the loss of numbers. I get discouraged and find more satisfaction when the pastor is...

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Is Technology a Tool I Use?

Or is it controlling me? Compliments Rabbi Lapin, I am presently reading your book Thou Shall Prosper and came across what you said about how television can affect one’s ability to imagine or dream. Would that same effect happen with constant use of the computer: be it phone, palmtops, iPads, laptops, among others? I like...

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