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The IJN's advice column - your questions answered with humor and wisdom by the Engel brothers - Rabbi Yisroel of Denver and his twin brother, Rabbi Shloime of Montreal. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pebbles from heaven

Dear Tzviling,

Thank you for your column. I have a question regarding wealth. I grew up in a home of modest means. I was always taught that wealth can be distractive. And yet, in a recent class I learned about the fabulous wealth that went into the building of the Holy Temple. Wouldn’t G-d be more impressed with simplicity?

Mindy (via e-mail)

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Avoiding the wedding ‘plotz’

Dear Tzviling, First, the good news. Mazel Tov! My daughter is engaged to be married. And now, the “bad” news. I’m going meshhuga! [I’m a nervous wreck!] The chasunah [wedding] is taking place next month and I was up a whole night trying to make seating arrangements. Oy, what a mess. I’m ready to plotz! [I feel like I’m going to explode.] Help! Chanchie (Boro Park)
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How to meet Elijah the Prophet

Dear Tzviling, I have read many stories of Elijah the Prophet. I was told that great people actually had the privilege to see him. Tell me, how can I have the merit of his presence? Masha, Colorado Springs

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 September 2013 07:04 )

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Time travelling

Dear Tzviling, What do you think would be better — to go back in time or to see the future? Andy, Hampstead, Canada

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:05 )

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Mathematics vs. nachas

Dear Tzviling, My daughter wants to get married and is getting a lot of offers of fine young men. Many friends have told me to make sure to check out the family background. You know, the parents, siblings, uncles and aunts — even cousins. Is this really that important? After all, my daughter won’t be marrying the relatives. We value your opinion. What do you think? Grace (via e-mail)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 01:59 )

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