My accountant recommended I start taking one 40 milligram Atorvastatin tablet before bedtime. I now pour a quart of synthetic fuel additive into my car’s fuel tank every filling because the plumber who fixed our kitchen sink advised it. My auto mechanic said that everyone should expense carpet cleaning on their federal income tax. You may well laugh but many people vote the way their favorite Hollywood celebrity recommends. Many people raise their children according to the dictates of the latest issue of psychology magazines and many people choose what car to buy on the basis of the mindless ramblings of a hysterical Nordic teenager.
Wouldn’t you be really relieved to know that you had access to fully reliable information? (…and no, that wouldn’t be the Internet.) Well, think of your rabbi as the ultimate antacid. I am about to bring you relief. That’s right; I am about to show you how and where you can seek dependable data about whatever troubles you.
The first step is to determine into which of two categories your question falls. Does your question have something to do with the natural sciences? Is it about how things are and not about how things should be? Is it about things or animals more than about people? Example: What is the highest mountain visible from a city with a population of more than five million inhabitants? Most questions of this type have one unarguable answer. Let’s call this basket of questions, category A.