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I have a great career opportunity

Should I turn it down? Greetings from Croatia! I have been following your podcasts since 2015. I have recommended them to many people already and will continue to do so, because I think your work really adds value. It has influenced my life and some of my most important decisions in life already, in a...

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What Is A Reasonable Work Week?

Can I do well and still have time for my family? Hi, I’m Marko. I’m 17-years-old and I come from Croatia. I plan to enroll in the Faculty of Civil Engineering. It bothers me that a lot of civil engineers have told me that they travel a lot and work 70 hours a week. How...

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Gosh, our kids are selfish!

What can we do? Good Morning Rabbi and Susan Lapin! I’ve been a long-time listener to your podcast ever since a special segment you did on the Glenn Beck program some time ago. My family and I have benefited tremendously from your teachings, and I’m a proud owner of just about every audio and written...

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I’m So Flawed as a Father

How can I ask my children to act correctly? Thank you for continually sharing the wisdom and knowledge as you do! I have a dilemma and fear that if I don’t take ownership of it and actively practically pursue a solution the result will be catastrophic for my children. I have two teenage children (one...

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I don’t think you teach ancient Jewish wisdom

I think you teach ancient wisdom for Jews Question of the week: Hello, I was wondering why you call your teachings Ancient Jewish Wisdom when it’s really God’s Wisdom for the Jews. Thank you, Racquel Dear Racquel, Sewing enthusiasts frequently hear the advice, “Measure twice and cut once.” Those wise words resonate with anyone who...

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Will I be punished for my parents’ flaws?

Question of the week: Hello, Rabbi. Thanks to you and Mrs. Lapin for your wonderful lessons. I am a Christian and although I read our Old Testament regularly, I always wonder about certain passages each time I come across them. One that disturbs me are several that say the iniquity of the fathers shall be...

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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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