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5Fs for Teenagers?

Dear Rabbi and Susan Lapin. I got The Holistic You book and I am blown away by how the 5 Fs interact. In addition, your latest podcast relating to the Daily Mail scenario was truly eye-opening… I have learned so much from you and really appreciate your honesty without the warm butter LOL. I have...

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Starting a New Business

I would like to start a real estate investment firm, for two reasons. First, my employer reduced me to half-time, and second, I want to work from a home office so that I can help my wife with our child who has autism. The question is related to engaging in entrepreneurship while the spouse opposes...

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Was My Vasectomy a Mistake?

I have been listening to you for 4 years. I am very thankful for all the wisdom you share through your podcasts, books and experience. I am a Happy Warrior, I am a 39 year old male, married with two beautiful kiddos 18 and 15. I recently heard your interview with Linh Podetti on The...

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What ‘Good Deeds’ Does God Ask Us To Do?

Where in the Torah does it mention doing good deeds? Are these the 216 Mitzvahs? James E. Dear James, Let us make sure that we are speaking the same language. The word ‘mitzvah’ – מצוה – is often incorrectly translated as ‘good deed’. That is wrong. The root of the word is TZ-V-H, צ-ו-ה, which...

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My Sister Loves Pets

My sister is a pet person and goes out of her way to treat her pets and has been known to pick up stray animals and get them to the vet for treatment. Sometimes this treatment can be very costly. The pets move into the house however months later the pet seems to become a...

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I’m in Debt

My name is Nicholas from Nairobi Kenya, a Happy Warrior in the making. My question is on the F of Finance. How does one increase his income and get out of debt, especially now that the world and Kenya are experiencing high inflation rates? I ask this notwithstanding what you have said about your financial...

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Growing Up Without a Father

I was just reading Chapter 10 of Buried Treasure and was wondering what God’s advice would be to the sons in single-family homes headed by mothers. In my own case, I grew up in South Africa after both parents immigrated there. When my father died (I was 7) my mother refused to return to her...

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Does God Make Man?

Thank you, Rabbi and Susan, for your valuable teaching. My question relates to Genesis. Who are the ‘us’ that created man? God creates everything by himself, but when it comes to man, the bible says, ‘let US make mankind in OUR image’. Also, later on, once Eve has eaten the apple, it refers to Adam...

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War

Hi, My name is Joanna. I hope you are safe, and your family is OK. I have a question, but I understand if you don’t want to answer. What is your opinion about Israel’s decision to cut electricity, food, and water to Gaza?I’m sorry if it seems like an offensive question, but reading what you...

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An Update from Rabbi Daniel and Susan

To our dear Happy Warriors, We are writing from Jerusalem in a country that is under attack. The past few days, since the morning of Shabbat which was also the morning of one of the most festive and holy days of the Jewish year, have been surreal. People here are in shock. This message is...

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