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Shalom Rabbi I have the flag of a nation I am living in and I plan on putting it up outside. The reason being, it is taking up space in my room and it would look nice outside, and might make some people happy. I am trying to figure out how to avoid anything that may be considered idolatrous in so doing. The custom in the country is to illuminate the flag at night. Otherwise, the flag has "fallen into darkness". In my opinion, this custom appears to be somewhat idolatrous, as it could possibly lead to worship or veneration of an inanimate object. Not illuminating the flag, however, can cause some consternation to veterans and others, which might make it a source of ire and not happiness as was intended. Is there any guidance / halakha on putting up flags of secular nations? Chag Sameach

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Doesn't the verse "...Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it; have dominion over...every living thing...." (Genesis 1:28) seem to teach disrespect and egocentric insensitivity to the environment. What is Judaism's attitude to environmental issues?

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I was recently elected to the City Council of Crawfordsville, Indiana, where I live. There will be a swearing-in ceremony in a couple weeks. I will be sworn in using a copy of "the Bible" but wasn't sure if I should use a Chumash or the entire Tanach. Do you happen to know what Senator Joe Lieberman used? Thank you for your help!   Ethan J. Hollander Associate Professor Department of Political Science Wabash College

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May a Jew burn an incense stick in the Synagogue? It is made from bamboo stick, red sandal powder and perfumed rice.

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There are some bad people and some good people in the world. Why did God create those bad people?

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Dear Rabbi, in our country many people torture their parents mentally or physically and throw them beside road or in an old people's home. There are many old people whose children never come to visit them and do not give them any money. I want to help them by making a home for them and provide their basic needs. Will Hashem help me fulfill my plan?

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As a gardener I need to know if an elderberry tree can be cut down as it is riddled with black fly, drops black fly on all below so nothing grows and is spreading and eating into an apple tree growing right next to it? Thank you. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach