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My husband and I are in our upper 50s. We have been happily married for over 30 years. We tried but couldn’t have children when we were young and couldn’t adopt either because we couldn’t afford to. We have always felt and still feel an emptiness because we never had any children. This emptiness has grown as more time has passed and many of our relatives are gone. Now we are financially in a better position and we would very much love to adopt some children, but we cannot ignore the fact that we are older. We are for the most part in good health. We have asked a lawyer, and legally we can adopt if an agency is willing to approve us. What is your advice as a rabbi when it comes to middle-aged people adopting children?

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Dear Rabbi, I saw on the calendar that this Shabbat is called “Shabbat Nachamu – a Shabbat of Comfort”. What is the special significance of this Shabbat? Thanks!

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Dear Rabbi, At a Jewish wedding the groom places the glass under his foot and smashes it into several pieces. What is the significance of this act? I have a friend who is soon to be married and he asked me this question. Thanks so much for this service!

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I met some people whose idealogies are exactly same as those of Amalek which is depicted in Torah. They made fun of my faith in HaShem. They claimed everything in this world happens by accident, and there is no God. The problem is that I could not make a stand. I was a coward. How wretched I am! How can I fight with Amalekites? Should I just wait for Moschiach? Can you give me some useful advice? What shall I do to fight with Amalekites?