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A commentary in Friday's Wall Street Journal notes "every synagogue requires two to fulfill its religious duties." I did some research and see references to the "written" and "oral" Torah, but not sure about the requirement for two scrolls. Can you tell me if this is true, and if so, what are the requirements?   Thanks very much   Aaron  

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During bad times (financial loss, debt, delayed marriage, death of beloved ones etc.) if one lost his faith in God due to suffering (because he may think God does not listen his prayer) - what he should do? Thanks.

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Hi Rabbi, I write while thinking about the ongoing rescue/recovery efforts after the Surfside building collapse. So many caring people are risking so much to help in any way possible. I am not asking why it happened, but would like to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you for this valuable service.
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Hi I just got up from sitting for my mother and had time for some life introspection. My question is as follows: How on earth is the system that God created where we are brought to this earth against any choice with instincts and tendencies that diametrically oppose the rules we are to follow, and if we break these rules (as I have, too many times to count) can expect to experience unimaginable torment in the next world for who knows how long, fair in any way? I mean, seriously, if this was a business proposal, I'd laugh you out of my office . Talk about risk/reward. I know there is no easy answer. Maybe there's a book you can recommend to offer some insight? Thank you

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Gut Voch Rabbis. I had some disagreements with my Rabbi. For the last 2 Shabbatot, my Rabbi Boruch Hashem has given me aliyos, but they have been the shortest aliyos in each Parashah, including the very short aliya in Parashah Naso, the longest Parashah and a Parashah which has several lengthy aliyos. Why would my Rabbi give me the 2 shortest aliyos in 2 consecutive Parashas over 2 consecutive Shabbatot?

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Hello! To preface this, I must say that I myself am not Jewish. Rather, I am emailing you on behalf of my younger cousin, who is. I apologize if this isn't the kind of questions that you usually handle. My cousin, Hannah, is 10. Her mother was Jewish, while Hannah's father (my uncle) is not (he's agnostic, most of our family is agnostic or some denomination of Christian). However, Hannah's mother unfortunately died when she was quite young, leaving my uncle to raise her alone. Hannah has expressed that she feels estranged from her Jewish heritage, and very much wants to connect. Our family is fully supportive of this, but also at a bit of a loss on how to help her in this. She has no immediate Jewish relatives, and dropping her off at the nearest synagogue once a week alone makes her father uncomfortable. Would it be appropriate for him to accompany her? Another concern is her bat mitzvah. It is our understanding that a proper bat mitzvah involves a lot of planning on the parent's part, and a lot of studying for Hannah to prepare. Could you offer some insight into how we can best support her and help her reconnect with her culture (and possibly religion)? For reference, we live in Colorado in the U.S..
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