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I will answer questions about Judaism in general, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox as well. I will answer questions about converting to Judaism, and questions about why Jews do not believe in a risen messiah. I try to stay away from politics.

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Rabbi. Interfaith outreach. Teacher.

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Recent Answers from Rabbi Chaim Bender

2016-08-28 day of atonement:

Question : it is part of Jewish ritual to go naked into a river at the Day of Atonement?    The simple answer is NO. I think that the makers of the film you mention were taking what is known as "poetic

2016-01-30 Feast of Boots:

Sukkot  Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.  It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after

2013-10-04 Gender based prayer:

Thank you for the question.  I do not know if Linda Motzkin is Reform or even if she is/was Jewish.    I would never refer to God/Ha-Shem in the feminine pronoun. I do not believe that that usage is Torah

2013-09-06 interest in Judaism:


2013-08-26 How Jewish Am I?:

Sadly, since your mother is apparently not Jewish you are not Jewish.    You should discuss this with a Reform Rabbi in your area. Yes, you probably would have to go through a conversion to Judaism.  


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