Questions and Answers Category: Hashkafa

Vows and OCD

Kvod Harav. I have been having problems lately. I feel as if I am making vows in my head that have negative implications on me and if I do not perform a certain task immediately or very soon after this negative outcome will occur. Further, as I was praying amidah I found myself making what I think is a neder by saying I will try and refrain from mixing meat and milk in my kitchen, however once I realized I re started amidah because I did not want the negative thought I have associated with this vow to happen If I do not keep this neder any advice?

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Hashkafa Question about Santa

I work in a public school. This year they are having staff members choose a child to buy a gift for them- and “santa” will give them out. Can I buy a gift for a child even though it will be given from “santa” because I will feel very awkward telling the administration that I cannot buy one….

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Music to Relieve Stress

If a person is under a lot of stress and is listening to kosher music is that considered bitul Torah? The Leviim used to sing songs at the holy bet hamikdash and they were the teachers of klal Yisroel. So if they would take time to sing instead of learning what does that show? Also it was an important aspect of the avodah in the bet hamikdash. Also Dovid Hamelech used to sing.. Whats the Ravs take on this?

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Mixed Seating

Is mixed seating mutar if there might be a chance that 1 woman might come dressed not tzniut? If there’s a doubt, can a person attend such things?

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