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Does everyone have a right to life?

Question: Dear Rabbi and Mrs. Lapin,   The Ten Commandments teach us that everyone has a right to exist because they were created by God. But what about the people in ISIS?   Do people have a right to exist when their only purpose is to make sure we cannot exist?  ∼ Pamela Peltonen Answer:...

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Should religious people steer clear of politics?

Question: 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. Answer: 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,...

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Were Haman’s sons hanged twice?

Question: Why did Esther ask the King to hang the ten sons of Haman who were already dead? Thanks, ∼ Subash Answer: Dear Subash, We’re going to answer your question with another question. Why are Jews obligated to hear the Book of Esther read from a handwritten scroll on Purim, the Feast of Esther?  Meanwhile,...

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Can You Know Truth?

  Shalom, Are there tests/questions for some ideas/concepts to see if they are true? Toda Raba (thank you), Jonathan Click here to see Rabbi and Susan Lapin’s answer Do you have a question that you would like to Ask The Rabbi? click here...

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