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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.

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2017-03-06 big metal box at grave during service:

Dear Robert,    Thanks for writing.    I've consulted with colleagues, most of whom have not reported seeing such metl boxes. But, no one could explain the custom.    One suggestion seemed very insightful:

2017-01-29 Immigration:

Dear Alan,    Thanks for writing with obviously a current question.    Speaking for myself as a Conservative Rabbi, firstly, let's acknowledge that the Torah period  of time is quite different from now

2016-12-20 judaism:

Dear Anders,    Sorry your followup became lost in "cyberspace" and I just received it.  I apologize and hope you will forgive the system.    1. One can always ask another person to pray for you or someone

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