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Does Drinking A “L’Chaim” Influence God To Bless Us?

Dear JITC- I read your post on Jews and alcohol. What are your thoughts on the fact that many Orthodox Jews have some liquor and say “l’chaim” at Shabbos meals? They often will then say something like “May we all have brachos in parnasa and health and besuros tovos.” Is there a source for the […]

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What’s the Torah Perspective on Genetic Testing?

Dear Jew in the City- I saw your article about marrying cousins. That could cause some genetic issues. What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on genetic testing? Thank you, Sophie Dear Sophie- “What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on genetic testing?” To me, that’s like asking, “What’s the Orthodox Jewish perspective on flossing?” It’s neither an obligation […]

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This Lubavitch Hasidic Tenor Wows Miami Heat Fans

We asked Chazan Aryeh Hurwitz, the official cantor of Chabad of Central Boca, seven questions about his recent experience singing the National Anthem at the start of a recent NBA game for the Miami Heat. 1) Where and how did you grow up Jewishly ? I grew up in a very wonderful Orthodox community of […]

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Are Orthodox Jews Allowed to Marry Their Cousins?

Dear Jew in the City- Are Orthodox Jews allowed to marry their cousins? Thanks, P.J.   Dear P.J.- Thanks for your question. Before I discuss the Torah’s viewpoint, I’d like to debunk some misconceptions about “cousin marriage,” AKA consanguinity. From the fact that you asked the question, I infer that you are either looking for […]

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