Ask The Rabbi - 1/22/2019

My question is short and basic. What does the bible teach about punishment for children? My wife and I are expecting our first child. We are not in agreement with the idea of physical punishment. We need guidance to what scriptures says about spanking your children. Please help! ∼ Colter D.

Ask The Rabbi - 1/8/2019

I am in my 60’s. I live in a cul-de-sac. There are families with children. The children yell and scream, run through other people’s yards and ride bikes through other people’ s yards and grass. This really upsets me and disturbs my peace.

I feel like the only way to get peace is to move. I would love to have a peaceful dwelling place, an undisturbed place of rest. Should I make plans to move, or should I try to accept the situation and put up with it? ∼ Diane

Ask The Rabbi - 12/18/2018

I just found out that my father was having an affair. The identity of the woman at the time was unknown to me, although I did suspect it was my aunt. I did not want to harm my mother emotionally with it. But after much thought I did disclose my findings to her. However, I did not tell her I suspected the woman was her own sister. My mother had her doubts about the whole thing and I know she was in denial in order to protect herself from the hurt.

Today my sister and I after some further investigation found out that the woman is indeed my mother’s own sister. I am in anguish and torment because of the findings and do not know what to do.

This goes against every teaching we were brought up with. I’m disappointed and feel pain and sorrow. Should we keep this secret to ourselves or should we tell my mom? I thought about speaking to my father about it, but he gets aggressive and tells me to stay out of his marriage because he doesn’t involve himself in mine. Please help!

-Kayla

Ask The Rabbi - 12/4/2018

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

Ask The Rabbi - 11/27/2018

Can you tell me more about how during the 400 year captivity the Hebrew wives didn’t let their husbands give up on God’s promises? (I’ve heard) something about the husbands wanted to stop producing children and refused to lay with their wives but the women found a way.

Thanks, ∼ Marjorie C.