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Can Jews enter Mosques?

Responsum: It is permissible to enter a mosque, since most authorities have ruled that Islam is not idolatry. The answer is more complicated regarding the question of entering a church, since authorities differ as to whether Christianity...

Posted on 26 January 2013, By Rabbi David Frankel
Women Rabbis?

Responsum: Not only is the Bet Midrash permitted to ordain women as rabbis; it is obligated to ordain women who are suitable just as it ordains men who are suitable. One of the reasons that the majority of the Va’ad Halakhah gave f...

Posted on 19 January 2013, By Rabbi Reuven Hammer
Smoking: Rules and Regulations

Responsum: Since the Surgeon General’s report first established the dangers of cigarette smoking in 1964, over forty responsa have been written on this subject. The majority, whether Orthodox, Conservative or Reform, have ruled tha...

Posted on 12 January 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin