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My Husband or My Other?

Who do I choose? I’m a 40 year old woman with a 4 year old son. About 18 months ago my husband of 10 years had an online emotional affair and one day told me that he never really loved me and wanted a separation. I was devastated.  He also had an ongoing porn addiction...

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Can I ask you a personal question?

Question of the Week: Please excuse the personal question, but my curiosity is overwhelming me. I’ve wondered how a Jew could come from South Africa. I know just enough history to get me in trouble, so I will ask a leading question. Are Rabbi Lapin’s ancestors Sephardic Jews who sought refuge in Portugal before emigrating...

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How Much Plastic Surgery Is Too Much?

Hello Rabbi and Susan, I love your podcast and ancient Jewish wisdom. I love your teachings on entropy and how we need to be constantly vigilant on taking care of ourselves, ‘tending to our garden,’ to make sure we separate ourselves further from animals. My question is, can we take this too far? I mean,...

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Jewelry is Never Just Jewelry

Question of the week: Dear Rabbi Daniel and Susan, In your program, Ancient Jewish Wisdom, “Our Culture,” how did Rebekah know that the jewelry represented the ten commandments when they had not been given yet? Thank you, Leah Hi Leah, Thanks for giving us a chance to expand on our words. For those who haven’t...

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How Do Career Goals Fit Into My Life?

When do I have fun? Question of the Week: Hello! I have been listening to you for a few months now and would like to get your advice or opinion on the following. You talk about the 5 Fs in life. Family, Faith, Fitness, Finance, Friends. Side note…I have always heard it as 6Fs that...

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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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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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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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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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