Mishmeres Hashalom

Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: Years ago, as a high school student, I spoke in a demeaning manner of hashkafah lessons taught by a prominent Rav as part of our school curriculum. I said…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: As a shadchan, before making a suggestion I try to collect as much information as I can about candidates, regarding spiritual matters, personalities, mentalities, etc., in order to ensure…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I am a student in a cheder and wanted to ask: My rebbi summarizes the Gemara on the board, but it is difficult for us to understand because his…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I run a day care center in my home and would like to ask the previous babysitter about a child who applied here for next year. I am interested…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: Some time ago there was a question in this column about a gemach owner who referred someone who was looking for a specific medicine, to a different borrower who…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I have a friend who is extremely particular about time. For instance, he would arrive at a wedding at the exact time written on the invitation, even though everyone…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: There are many bothersome and upsetting challenges that come up in my relationship with my mother-in-law. I discuss these difficulties with the other sister-in-law in my husband’s family, who…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I have a neighbor whose lack of tact triggers many unpleasant situations. I know that it is a mitzvah to give the benefit of the doubt and to think…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: Parents of a boy asked me about my mechutanim. They told me that the father promised them full support, but they heard that he doesn’t follow through on his…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: As a lawyer and notary, my job entails contacting customers and various other individuals, via email, for work-related and other issues. Is it permissible for me to show my…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I have a classmate who is gluten sensitive. This does not keep her back from being a successful girl in all areas, and from participating in all social events…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: While speaking to me in private, my teacher asked about my social status in class. This brought up a specific topic, which led to my opinion that there are…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: My sister shares her distress with me regarding a complicated situation that she is dealing with regarding the chinuch of one of her children. May I may tell her…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: My employer received complaints about a problem that cropped up in our office and asked me to tell him which secretary was at fault. I had no choice but…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: As a rebbi in a cheder, I want to ask if it is permissible for teachers to discuss among themselves students’ progress, which sometimes includes negativity. The goal is…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: I was in the park schmoozing with some neighbors. Among other things, I mentioned that my son, who had just finished kindergarten and started pre-1A, had recently begun saying…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: In desperate need of a particular medicine, I contacted a neighborhood gemach. When the owner told me that they were out of that medicine, I said, “Perhaps someone borrowed…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: A number of years ago, when I graduated from high school, I got inquiries regarding some of my friends for shidduch purposes. At that point I wasn’t aware yet…

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Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Q: As a volunteer for the Lev L’Achim kiruv program, I often encounter women who consult with me regarding domestic issues, familial feuds, etc. They are not talking to me…

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