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Arguing with God

The instances where men argue with God concern me. If God knows and designs all outcomes, why does the Bible use the language of “arguing”? Is it possible to actually change God’s mind? Lynn Dear Lynn, Your question sent us on a Biblical search and we couldn’t find an example of anyone arguing with God....

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Is Coffee Kosher?

Is it kosher ok to drink coffee? Is coffee considered to be a “bean”? Is coffee considered to be a drug (caffeine) to be avoided or is coffee A-OK fine to drink as a delicious beverage that helps us concentrate and work and study better? Can we be at our best drinking coffee daily each...

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One Hebrew Word

Three English translations? I noticed that in Job 31:1 certain translations read “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?” However, in the King James Version it reads “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” Why is the...

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Deborah and Barak

My Sunday school class is studying Deborah in Judges chapter 4. What is the Jewish wisdom concerning her relationship with Barak? Some say Barak was a coward and others say he respected her opinion as judge and connection to God as prophetess to lead them to victory. I personally sensed he challenged her leadership skills...

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Should Religious People Steer Clear of Politics?

Should religious people be involved in politics? Isn’t it better to stay above activities that are so sordid and filled with corruption?∼ Mitch R. Dear Mitch, Ancient Jewish wisdom puts a lot of emphasis on the damage we can do with our ability to speak. We can hurt people badly, destroy livelihoods, damage communities and...

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Your Daily Journal

I listened with interest to Rabbi Lapin being interviewed on another podcast, Kosher Money. One point he made was: each night write in a journal. My question is – what do you write? Is he talking about gratitude journals? Analyzing your day, and what you could have done better? Thanks. Wayne Dear Wayne, We’re glad...

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I Love My Husband

…but I want a baby – now! Hello Rabbi Daniel and Susan, I really could use your help on this problem. I got married last August, nearly a year ago. I had always told my husband that I want to be a young mom. I am 26 now and my husband is 31. I really...

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Why is the Second Day of Creation not Described as Good?

Question of the week: After each day of creation, God says it was good. All except day 2. Is it because on day 2 he created the (firmament, sky, atmosphere, air) and it wasn’t good because satan is called the prince of the air? Kenneth P. Dear Kenneth, We hesitated to highlight your question because...

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Squiggles and Lines in my Bible

To my astonishment, I have discovered that I am beginning to recognize Hebrew letters after watching your Scrolling through Scripture courses. I have also purchased your recommended Bible. Looking at both the Bible and the course is confusing me a bit. Tim Dear Tim, We are delighted that you are beginning to feel a little...

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As a Single Mom, Should I be Thinking About Marriage?

What’s the biblical instruction for a single mother who met the Lord during pregnancy? I feel I’m not called to be single, but have not dated for over 11 years, as I was dedicated to mothering. From a biblical perspective, should I seek marriage or seek singleness? Thank you! Mka Dear Mka, There’s a phrase,...

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