Dear Dr. Laura

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Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20:14)

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?


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  2. Frank

    I have a list of things like these next to my door so that I can amuse myself when Jehovas comes by to try and convert me. It is quite amusing.

  3. Jim

    Dr. Laura, I believe, is no longer Jewish and does not hold that belief of gays. In fact, many call in and ask for advice and she is quite sympathetic to their issues. Besides, all people have the right to revise their belief system…including you and me.
    In response to the one comment on Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are not religiously bound to follow the Mosaic laws (except for those that are re-iterated in the New Testament including abstaining from blood) so he wouldn’t want to embarrass himself due to a lack of knowledge of what he is talking about. They do follow the spirit of those laws, including the 10 commandants (excluding the 10th regarding the Sabbath), they don’t murder, get drunk, commit adultery, you know, the obvious ones that all modern-day Christians are supposed to follow.
    The person to ask would be any Jew…as they are still ‘bound by/under’ those thousands of years old rules/laws. Which is why Dr. Laura held (in as, *used to* believe) but has revised her thinking on…which should be admired and not criticized.
    But your questions, I’m sure, has been the subject of much debate for all those Jews attempting to practice their faith without becoming hate-mongers even though they may be personally biased against many groups as they see themselves as the Chosen People…thus is the complexity of all religious people world-wide…except for Buddhists maybe who don’t have the ‘we are the only ones that God approves of’ type self-image.
    Ok, now I am rambling and have to stop writing now.

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