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Good Morning Rabbi, I was just wanting to know the meaning of Hoshiana? And the difference between Hosanna and Hoshiana? Thank you (Name redacted for privacy)

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Dear Rabbi, What does the word “kosher” mean, and where does it first appear in Judaism? Thank you.

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In the Torah it states that in Biblical times people lived to be hundreds of years old. How is this possible, given the fact that people don't live nearly as long today even with the advances in medical technology?

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Why is there a dot on the top right side of the first Aleph in Genesis 1:3?

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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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Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Thank you for answering my last question. Regarding the book “Scientific Creationism,” which was written by a non-Jew but sold by Rabbi Avigdor Miller at his shul for five dollars, would that book be permitted to read in the bathroom? Thanks a lot.

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Hello, What is different between אדני in (Psalms 110:1) and with אדני in (Genesis 39:20, Kings 1:24, Numbers 11:28, 1 Kings 18:7, Zechariah 4:4; Zechariah 6:4, 2 Kings 6:5)?

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Hello, it's a fellow human. I'm not particularly religious, but I'm very interested in it. I was wondering if you could answer some of the questions I present to you. Question 1: Is viewing porn or doing sex work as a career bad? Question 2: Are people allowed to have sex for pleasure? (Animals do it and if god created animals and life. Then why can't humans do so? Take some primates for example, they have sex even when pregnancy is impossible) Question 3: Are people allowed to wear condoms? Question 4: Is masturbation bad, even though it has health benefits? Question 5: Is homosexuality and being LGBT bad? Question 6: If a person betters himself ( for example quitting an addiction cold turkey) without confessing or doing any special ritual. Will god automatically forgive him/her/they? Question 7: Do you believe in abortions and that woman should have a choice? Question 8: Is dry humping bad? Question 9: Is hunting for food or sport bad? Final question: Do you believe other religion's gods are the same person but just a different interpretation? Thanks for listening, and I am very excited to hear your answers

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Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Thank you for answering my last question. Is "Chronicles of Yerachmiel" (Chronicles of Jerahmeel) considered a reliable midrash, or do any reputable seforim quote from it? Thanks a lot.