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Why does Hashem, Who is all-merciful, let children get cancer and suffer and die? [duplicate]

Even if there are reasons beyond human comprehension, the seemingly unjustifiable cruelty of letting/making children (and their families!) suffer makes Hashem “look bad” in some people’s eyes. It’s a ...
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Why is there no established prayer for having (or raising) children?

Throughout Tanakh, we find that biblical heroes have specifically prayed to God for having children (such as Yitzhak and Hannah), and it seems like having children is generally considered a valid, ...
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Are there any Rabbis who require a DNA test for every child born as a means of preventing infidelity?

If your wife commits infidelity, you are required to divorce her. This is taken from Mishneh Torah, Divorce 11. וּבִכְלַל לָאו זֶה שֶׁכָּל אִשָּׁה שֶׁזִּנְּתָה תַּחַת בַּעְלָהּ נֶאֶסְרָה עָלָיו ...
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Connection between hair and maturity

Rav Yonasan Aibshitz (in Ahavas Yehonasan on the Haftorah of Emor), writes that growing hair is connected to preventing lust, (like we find by a Nazir), and cutting one’s hair is connected to wisdom (...
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Why did God punish the King's children

Why did God punish David’s children if the Torah says God doesn’t punish one’s children for the sins of the parents? 2 Samuel Chapter 12
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Do the children who were murdered by the Ancient Egyptians have a portion in the world to come?

Technically speaking, Israelites were not yet formed and the Tanakh wasn't given yet. However, I'm wondering if there is some kind of a principle, intuitively speaking, that would extend to them as ...
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Are non-Jews considered Hashem's "children"?

The pasuk says "banim atem lashem elokeichem," referring to us. Is there a drasha anywhere (or another source) that says that non-Jews are not called Hashem's children? (I don't think this ...
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Quality books of fiction with a strong/positive Jewish message for teens/adults

My children (BH) are avid readers, enjoy fiction and happily read books of considerable length. I am looking for books, novels, fiction, historical fiction that are interesting (primarily for teens) ...
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How does one complete tshuvah for a jewish woman having a child with a non-jew?

If a Jewish woman has a child with a non-Jewish man, is there a standard repentance process recommended in the sources? This is specifically repentance regarding having the child, not regarding ...
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Pru vRvu - is it for all time?

In Genesis 1, Humans are given a blessing to procreate and multiply, to fill the Earth and subdue it. This is traditionally interpreted as the first commandment G-d gave to humans. Main question: if ...
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Any Stories of Tzadikim Praying for their Children?

I am trying to find some stories of tzadikim praying for the success and righteousness of their children. Are there any? I remember only one of the Chatam Sofer saying that his hat was full of tears ...
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Are there any sources where the phrase מְלַמְּדֵי תִינוֹקוֹת as used in Bava Basra, is interpreted to include female teachers of girls?

Would love examples of sources, the older the better, interpreting this phrase as potentially including female teachers of female students. My understanding is that the Gemara is discussing men ...
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Were names of children often chosen as a reminder an essence or attribute of God?

Such examples might be Abel and Daniel. Such names would yield meaning and recall of Truth, such as Daniel's name meaning "God Judges" or for Abel's meaning "God breathes" or "...
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Seeming contradiction if Rabbi Yochanan had kids

There's a well-known gemarra in Berachos 5b that says that Rabbi Yochanan buried ten of his sons. There's also another story with Rabbi Yochanan in Yevamos 96b. He was upset that his student didn't ...
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Children in the Temple

I am currently evaluating a Christian writing called the "Gospel of James" which is not even considered reliable by the Christians. I would like to know whether it is possible that something ...
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According to Halacha, are there rules for practicing celibacy, living a life as a monk or nun? Or is it simply prohibited? [duplicate]

Having children (or being "fruitful") is considered the first mitzvah and commandment, and is considered an "obligation" according to Halacha - but are there any rules for those ...
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Is a child born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, considered a non-Jew in the same regard as a child born to two non-Jewish parents?

I thought to myself it must be, in general, considered differently in Judaism, but I haven't found written sources for that yet. Is the first considered differently in the Torah than the second?
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Women giving birth daily ( Olam Ha-Ba )

I have read on an article that in the world to come , every day women will bear children and I want to know if this is true and if so where it says that in the Mishnah.
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Custom of Children to recite selichot

I've heard that sefardic Children aren't obligated in reciting Selichot, would you please provide me a sefardic source (according to the ruling of Maran Rabbeinu Ovadya Yosef) for it?
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Is having sex not for the purpose of making children allowed according to Halacha?

In This answer one user says (on the topic of Judaism): the only reason why one should ever have sex is to have children with their spouse However another user disputes this I was wondering which ...
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May one play music for a baby during the Omer?

2-year-olds love to listen to recorded nursery rhymes. Are there any sources discussing playing nursery rhymes that include background music during the omer?
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Friday Night Priestly Blessing When Children Away

Are you allowed to bless your children on Friday night when they are not in your presence? I recalled reading this somewhere but I have a mental blank as to what the answer is (I think somewhere in ...
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Capital crimes committed by minors

Shalom. I am uneasy about bringing this up, but you may remember the tragic case of James Bulger, a two year-old boy who was murdered by two ten year-olds in the U.K. in 1993 CE. May James rest in ...
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Why Isn't There a Tefila for Fertility?

Within Shmoneh Esrai we daven for everyone of these items below, except for childbirth. Why? R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted ...
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Where can I find the Halacha that a scribe who is unsure of a letter on a sacred text, can ask the opinion of a young child versed in the aleph-Bet?

I was told about a law that a scribe who is unsure about a letter in a mezuzah/Torah/tefillin, can ask a child who is versed in Aleph-Bet if it is Kosher or not. Where can I find it?
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May a Jew act as a godparent to a Christian child?

A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.
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Laws of inheritance according to the Torah still applicable?

I was wondering if the inheritance Torah laws were still applicable in Western countries like US or France. First question For example, in France, by law a parent can not disinherit one of his ...
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Fulfilling commandment to be fruitful & multiply w/ a Gentile? [duplicate]

If a Jewish man without children lives in a place where there are no other Jews and does not have the resources to leave that place and move, then is he permitted to fulfill the Torah commandment to ...
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and daughters were born to them (bereishis 6:1)

There is a strange way of saying that the human population increase on parsha Bereishis (6:1). The pasuk says: וַֽיְהִי֙ כִּֽי־הֵחֵ֣ל הָֽאָדָ֔ם לָרֹ֖ב עַל־פְּנֵ֣י הָֽאֲדָמָ֑ה וּבָנ֖וֹת יֻלְּד֥וּ ...
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Children of post-adulterous forbidden union - mamzerim?

This question discusses the marriage of a man with a previously married woman who committed adultery with that man and subsequently divorced. Such a marriage is forbidden. What would be the status of ...
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How common are Levirate marriages today?

Under Jewish law, if a woman's husband dies without giving her a child, the brother of the deceased husband has an obligation to give his wife a child. In the event that they don't wish to go through ...
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A puzzle in the Steinsaltz’ Talmud commentary

It is written in Shabbos 83a in the Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud that gentiles are designated the status of zav. The commentary explains that the reason is “So that a Jewish child will not grow ...
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Transmitting bad traits

IIRC, there was a statement made that a person who fixes their bad trait before their child is born, will not pass that trait along to their child. I'm trying to locate this, but I'm not having any ...
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Are children permitted to help build the Beis Hamikdash?

When the Beis Hamikdash is being built, can the children help out [in any way] in its constructing? Perhaps because of their young age there would be a reason to prohibit them from helping out. In ...
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Do any poskim exempt 13-20-year-olds from Mussaf?

In Artscroll’s edition of Sefer HaChinuch (vol. 2, p. 303), they quote a discussion regarding whether women are exempt from davening Mussaf: If women are obligated as men are in all the communal ...
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Blessing children via a shaliach

Can blessing the children friday night be done via a shaliach if a child is away from home for Shabbat?
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how to get the Youth to come to shul

I had a long conversation someone in their early teens and we were discussing as to why children don’t want to come to Shul although there are youth services etc and we narrowed it down to one ...
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Seeking easy-Hebrew, high-interest books on Jewish topics for 8 year old boy

Seeking titles of books and names of authors of high-interest children's books on Jewish topics in easy Hebrew with nikudot. (Indications of reading grade level would be helpful.)
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Child marriage today

Suppose that in their infinite pubescent wisdom, a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy decided that they wanted to get married, somehow acquired a kosher ring and witnesses, performed kiddushin, ...
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Does a child get reward for Mitzvos performed

It seems non-Jews and women get reward for Mitzvot they do (even the ones they are not obligated to do)* does this apply also to a "deaf-mute, imbecile or child"? sources, please *Sifra Vayikra 18,...
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Is the father responsible to clothe and room his older children

Until the age of 6 the father is obligated to feed, clothe and room his children. And it is enforceable. Then until 13/12 he should still do it. But after 13/12 he is only obligated to do it as ...
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Conversion -- any negative implications if grandfather was a kohen?

Someone coming from a Jewish family but not halakhically Jewish (e.g., with a Jewish maternal grandfather but not grandmother) is converting through an an Orthodox conversion. That person then ...
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Is there a source for the idea that a woman who has seven boys in row gets automatic entrance to Gan Eden?
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Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children

Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or the Mishna or the Talmud or the Gemara or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children?
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What will the future be like in respect to populating the world?

Let’s say that we believe in the literal meaning of Midrashim. Let’s also say that we aren’t learning like the Rambam (Hil. Melachim 12:1) that, for the most part, the Messianic future will be the ...
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Why did God sanction killing everything that breathes against the 7 nations?

Why did God sanction killing everything that breathes against the 7 nations? Why did God sanction such a thing? How is every single person of these nations to blame? Deuteronomy 20:16 "However, of ...
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Cutting toddler's hair

I've got a 18-months old boy whose hair hasn't been cut yet and by now is constantly getting in front of his eyes. My wife insists that cutting a boy's hair before he is 3 is contrary to Jewish ...
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Abortion on grounds of emotional instability/wellbeing [duplicate]

Is there ever a point of emotional instability beyond which a women may have an abortion? I know all cases are different but here are some possible examples: A) she struggles too much with the ...
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Naming Children After Living People

It is a widespread Ashkenazi minhog not to name a child after someone who is living. From where can this custom be sourced? Why is this so? I would assume it is because it has some negative ...
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