Rabbi, I have a problem

Is it right to request the use of scans rather than invasive procedures for postmortems?

March 23, 2016

Question: When our father died, the authorities wanted a post-mortem. But my brother, who is more religious than I, insisted it should be done by scan rather than by an invasive procedure. I couldn't see the point but reluctantly I bowed to his wishes. Was I right?


If a same-sex couple divorce, do they need a get?

February 25, 2016

Question: I have some friends who would like to get married in a same-sex ceremony in a synagogue. But they wonder if the marriage failed, would they have to obtain a get?


I am devastated after a break-up and it’s left me questioning why God has allowed this to happen to me

January 29, 2016

Question: I met a girl who I thought was my beshert and the relationship seemed to be going well until suddenly she ended it. It's left me devastated and I still don't know what I did wrong. I don't believe I am a bad person but it's left me questioning why God has allowed this to happen to me (Question)


If I have had a child with a woman, do I need a get before I can marry my new fiancee?

December 15, 2015

Question: A cousin of mine wants to marry his Jewish fiancée in synagogue. He was previously living with a Jewish woman and had a child by her, but they were never married. Does he need a get before the chupah can take place


Should we campaign for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount?

November 5, 2015

Question: Should we be mounting a campaign to recognise the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, because the current policy of restraint seems like capitulating to intimidation?


Is dancing with the Sefer on Simchat Torah over the top?

October 1, 2015

Question: My wife has a thing against Simchat Torah and doesn't like coming to shul. She thinks the dancing has got over-the-top and become a kind of Torah worship. Is this just English reserve or does she have a point?


If my wife is in a coma, can I have a relationship with someone else?

August 30, 2015

Question: My wife has been in a vegetative state for the past two years following a serious illness and doctors believe it highly unlikely that she will recover. I visit her regularly, but have my own needs. Would it be adultery if I were to have a relationship with someone else?


Should I try to dissuade someone from going to a faith healer?

July 30, 2015

Question: A relative of mine with a serious illness has started going to a faith healer. But I am sceptical about such practices and believe I ought to dissuade her, even though the healer does not ask for any money. Does Judaism have any objections — after all, there are examples of healing in the Bible.


Can I use Skype to form a virtual minyan?

July 3, 2015

Question:I have a very small, scattered family and do not know many Jews locally. If we have a shivah and lack a minyan, could we ask relatives and friends to Skype in and form a virtual minyan?


Isn't it better to cut the service rather than rush through the Hebrew?

May 28, 2015

Question: Our shul recently started speeding up its services but I am finding it increasingly hard to follow the Hebrew. Would it not make more sense to abridge the service but take the prayers more slowly than gabble through them?