Ask The Rabbi - 2/26/2019

Leah writes:

While I was asleep, a friend of mine had the nerve to look at the texts on my phone. Now that friend is confronting me about some of what he read and stuff that he would not even know of had he not invaded my privacy by looking at the text messages on my phone. I am quite upset and do not feel I owe him any explanation about what is, frankly, none of his business. Please advise me on this matter.

Ask The Rabbi - 2/19/2019

I have been in business for 25 years in the Imprinted Apparel business and recently my husband lost his job. My business has supplied me for 25 years but it is a small business and now we need to generate enough income for 2.

Is there any specific advice you would give us? Thank you and God bless you today. ∼ Lauren A.

Ask The Rabbi - 2/12/2019

I have two sisters who are causing big dilemmas in raising our 2-1/2 year old daughter… My husband and I are committed Christians and both volunteer in our church regularly. I don’t want to be ungracious and judgmental, but now I fear I’ve swung too far the other way and important boundaries are being crossed. I feel like I’m making huge efforts to be respectful and loving of my sisters while they are disrespectful of me and my family. What would you advise?  Thank you so much for your wisdom! ∼ Emily

Ask The Rabbi - 2/5/2019

Christopher asks:

In the Bible, genealogies are stated mostly in terms of fathers and sons, yet in speaking to contemporary Jews I am told that the determination of whether one is a Jew or not depends upon the mother’s lineage and faith. Is that the Biblical standard or was that changed over time?

Ask The Rabbi - 1/29/2019

I am an event and fine art photographer. My business is taking pictures and capturing beauty. Please help me define what a photographer really does by taking images. I know there is a sentence that really gets to the heart of the matter, but just cannot seem to just hit the nail on the head. I would love to hear from you. ∼ Mark L.L.