A Random Selection of Short Q&A’s [#4]

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Q:
Why do we add in the words כפרת פשע in מוסף ראש חודש only during a leap year?

A:
That’s an easy one. There are twelve בקשות over there. So for an extra month we add an extra בקשה. Thirteen months, thirteen בקשות – that’s all.
TAPE # 613

Q:
What does the Rav think about the fact that President Clinton is facing impeachment, and at the same time he starts a bombing campaign in Iraq?
A:
That subject I don’t want to discuss publicly. I have a lot to say on the subject – but not in public. Come to me privately and we can talk.
TAPE # E-170

Q:
Who should we vote for in the upcoming election?
A:
How one should vote, I won’t spend time now on answering. But briefly, I can tell you only what I told a young man today, who asked me the same question. Voting for the more conservative candidate is very important. But sometimes, when it’s a question of whom to elect for President, just take a nickel and throw it up and see how it lands. And that’s how you should decide your vote.
TAPE # 143

Q:
What does the Rav say is the status of the Ethiopian Jews?
A:
The Ethiopians are not Jews. It’s only New York Times propaganda. The Ethiopians are not Jews, so forget about that whole idea. Get it out out of your head. Unless they are מגייר properly, they are not Jews at all.
TAPE # E-156

Q:
The Mesillas Yesharim says that the purpose of life is to withstand נסיונות, tests. How does one fortify himself for that?
A:
How do you fortify yourself? Well, if you have another hour to wait here, I could tell you. But one way is to learn Mesillas Yesharim. That’s one way. And it’s a very good way, by the way. Oh yes! Learning Mesillas Yesharim will certainly create a strengthening of the character and the שכל, the Torah mind. And it will surely fortify you against the tests that you will face during your time in this world.
TAPE # E-228