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What is the source for the tradition "when you build a new town the first thing you do is make the cemetery... even before the shochet or yeshiva is set up..." I know I've heard this teaching before and am having trouble locating the source.

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Our cat had to be euthanized after it was determined by numerous sources that the pet was undergoing severe discomfort, pain, and suffering. Due to a possible rabies situation, the vet was required (according to law) the cat had to be cremated and tested for rabies. What should be done with the cremated remains? Should the remains be buried in a pet cemetery? I am understanding that it should not receive a grave stone and not be mourned like a human. Could the cremated remains be kept in a Jewish home or would burying be more appropriate? Thanks

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Thoughts and actions on IVF may vary depending on which part of Judaism you are part of. I was wondering a Rabbi's perspective on IVF

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hi. are there ways for jews to atone for their sins? it stresses me out that my mom cheated on my dad because adulterers aren't allowed in heaven and my mom is the one person I need to be with forever. I also shoplifted a few times when I was younger. thieves cant get into heaven so am I screwed either way? I am a young woman with plenty of life left to live but the fear of the unknown weighs a heavy burden on me

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Dear Rabbis, as an anthropology student at the South Asian Institute (Heidelberg University) I am currently doing research on spirit possession and exorcism among Jewish communities. My question relates to the seemingly practiced exorcism of dybbuks on the one hand and what the Torah says about interacting with the dead (Leviticus 20:6 and 20:27) on the other hand. How do the two approaches co-exist? I understand that posing a question via this platform is unusual, however it is very important for my research to understand the point of view of the culture I am describing.   Thank you very much in advance for your time!   Kind regards, Seraphim

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As a conservative Jew can my body be cremated after I die? Is it different for reformed Jews?

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This probably sounds like a silly question, but I’ve been wanting to understand for a long time. Does Judaism believe that pets, such as dogs, go to some form of heaven? I’ve heard conflicting views from different sources, but I just can’t understand how dogs, the epitome of innocence and kindness in this world, could be prevented from getting any sort of enjoyment once they pass away. Same thing with dog owners not being allowed to spend their afterlife reunited with their dog, who might’ve been one of the main sources of true joy during this life. I understand that a lot of things animals do is mainly instinct, but I feel that dogs display real emotions and acts of heroism and kindness. Is this what the Torah says? Can I believe that once my dog passes on, I may be reunited with him when I pass on?   Thank you so much