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Hello, I have some questions I’ve had a hard time finding answers to and I hope you can help. Firstly, why do animals have to be killed when someone was intimate with it? Second, I’ve heard that the world was destroyed due to beastiality in the past but I haven’t ever heard any sources for that. Is that true? Is there a source for that? Why was the world destroyed? Couldn’t God just make it physically impossible for beastiality to occur? He can do anything. If that is true, what does that mean for our world, being that beastiality is something that happens frequently. Thanks you.

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Shalom, Rabbi. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to convert to Judaism. I love the beliefs of the religion and what it symbolizes. However, my family is very anti-religion and would in fact shun me for being Jewish. How can I convert without consulting them, what can I do? How can I embrace Judaism? How can I get started? Thank you for your guidance.

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Mem~Resh~Dalet~Kaf~Yud spells Mordekai, meaning "little man" or "worshiper of Mars" He was the cousin and adoptive father of queen Esther; the son of Yair of the tribe of Binyamin. Mem~Resh~Dalet~Kaf spells Mrodak, meaning "thy rebellion." The letters spelling Mrodak, "thy rebellion," are in Mordekai . Is there a connection ? In these words are Resh~Dalet~Mem, which spells radam, a verb meaning "to be asleep." Mem~Resh~Dalet spells marad, a verb) meaning "to rebel against G-d, against light" Dalet~Resh~Kaf spells derek, which means way, road, habit, course of life, manner or character. Was Mordekai a man of smaller stature, as his name suggests? Surely, Mordekai wasn't a worshiper of the heathen deity Mars! 1 Samuel 25:25 says, "As his name is, so is he." Do the holy letters conceal yet reveal the character or nature of a person, place or thing? I find there is always a direct correlation of some kind. What's your view on this?

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Dear Rabbi, I do not follow the Jewish dietary laws nor do I celebrate any holidays. But my parents are Jewish and I have tried to live a good and decent life. Am I still a Jew?

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Jews have been the most successful ethnic group from 20th century onward. Is it because of the merit of Torah study and mitzvot? Are Jews successful because Jews study Torah and keep mitzvot?