Weekly Email by Rabbi Moss

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Can a Doubting Heart Get Married?


Question of the Week


Is it normal to have doubts during an engagement? My friends tell me I should be 100% certain that I have made the right decision, but I would be lying if I said I had no doubts. Is it a bad sign if I am just not sure?




There are two types of doubting. One is an alarm bell that should not be ignored. The other is a sign that you have made the right choice.


The great Kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneersohn wrote a letter to his recently engaged son, explaining that engagement and doubt go hand in hand. The union of soulmates is such a lofty and super-rational event that the mind cannot possibly grasp it. Something is at work that is beyond our understanding and… Read More »

Would You Donate a Kidney?


Question of the Week


I have been pondering some random philosophical questions, and would love to hear your take: If we lose our memory are we still ourselves? Am I still myself if I lose my mind? And how do I know that I didn't wake up this morning in this body with this memory, but yesterday I was someone else with their memory?




Assuming you are still you when you receive this, I will attempt to answer your question. Let's approach this theoretical topic by first looking at a very real story.


My brother-in-law Rabbi Zalman Sandhaus did something heroic this week. He donated a kidney to save the life of a stranger. A man who suffered from kidney disease for 24 years now has a new lease… Read More »

Did I Just Have a Spiritual Experience?


Question of the Week


I am just back from my big trip to Israel. I thought I'd never get there. I think it's the first Jewish thing I've done since my bar mitzvah (which wasn't so Jewish either). 

But here's the weird part. I went to the Wall in Jerusalem, and you know me, I'm the last person to have a "spiritual experience". But as I approached the Wall I started to cry uncontrollably. I felt this strange magnetism towards the Wall, almost as if G-d was pulling me. What do you think? Not bad for an agnostic, huh?




You have a powerful Jewish soul, and you caught a glimpse of its power at the Wall.


The Wall is the last remnant of the Holy Temple in… Read More »

Why Doesn't G-d Feed the Poor?


Question of the Week


G-d is surely not a hypocrite. If He tells us to do something, He should do it Himself too. So shouldn't G-d be obligated to feed the poor? Why doesn't He help His own children rather than commanding us to do it for Him?




Imagine you know someone who needs food to feed their family. You want to help them. So you send a nice check in the mail. But it never gets there, as the mailman kept the check for himself.


So you order a meal online for them. But the restaurant got the order wrong and gave the food to someone else.


Not giving up, you arrange a grocery shop for them. But the delivery truck never showed up.


Exasperated, you go on to your bank app… Read More »

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