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Question: In what ways do Jewish values address incarceration, and particularly prisoner wages for work done? In the USA, federal and state prisons "employ" prisoners at very low wages ($0.25-2.00 per hour) for work both inside and supervised work outside the prisons.What does Judaism say about treatment of prisoners?
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Question: Is cremation and burial in a mausoleum okay in Judaism?
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Question: To obtain closure from abuse and/or abandonment, can one sit shiva for a family member still living?
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Question: Is it OK to sing along with traditional black gospel music? I was raised in the south and in many ways raised by black women (think the movie The Help). While I am an observant Jew, I find the music happy, hopeful and it gives me peace when I am depressed.
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Question: After an adult conversion, is there any halakhah, etiquette or rule regarding a celebration for the convert?
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