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is there an allowability to gamble/bet

I heard from a Rav that you are allowed to gamble/bet if it is not for your livelihood. How accurate is this? I heard the reason why you would not be allowed to is because it can be theft. Please ...
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What profit can you get from having a dummy?

Tehillim 30:10 מַה-בֶּצַע בְּדָמִי What profit is there in a dummy? I don't know ... perhaps this is a dum question? Is there any profit in having a dummy? Dum-de-dum-dum... This question is Purim ...
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Rav Tzadok Hakohein of Lublin on Esther

In what Sefer does Rav Tzadok write on the megilla? Is it in the Pri Tzadik?
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Why are mincha gedola and ketana named that?

What is big about the earlier mincha time and what is small about the later mincha time? Also, why does the term plag mincha make sense? It would seem to be a term that refers to the point midway ...
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Contemporary approaches to kashrut of dates

What are contemporary approaches regarding dealing with bug infestation of dates? Do Kashrut agencies (e.g. the Orthodox Union) regularly inspect crops to determine infestation levels? And if so, what ...
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Is it possible to marry a non-religious Jewish women?

Is it possible to marry a non-religious Jewish women? How it is possible or how is it not-possible?
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Why some Jewish tend to look more blonde then the others? [on hold]

Why some Jewish tend to look more Blonde then the others? Also, why does Chinese Jew doesn't look Chinese?
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The proper Jewish response to ISIS smashing “idols” [duplicate]

I saw a video going around facebook of members of ISIS smashing ancient statues in a museum. It was essentially a needless act of destruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSmhC4rpho4 However, it ...
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Was Mordechai tall or fat from walking too much? [duplicate]

Esther 9:4 says האיש מרדכי הולד וגדול The man Mordechai was walking and "big" Which way was he "big" - height or width? And, why would walking too much make him this way? This question is Purim ...
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Love Shalom and Kill Shalom?

The mishna says in pirkei avos: הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן, אוהב שלום ורודף שלום How is this possible in practice? The minute someone sees you being rodef shalom they'll either injury you or kill you! ...
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Why couldn't the idols smell their hands or touch their feet?

In Hallel, Tehillim 115:7-8 it says: אף להם ולא יריחון ידיהם ולא ימישון רגליהם David is discussing the nations that built idols. These people believed that these idols were like human / gods. So, I ...
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Perl Programming in the Torah

According to Rav xkcd (an oft quoted authority in Bam), the universe was written in perl. Since the Torah is the blueprint of creation, it follows that it must contain a Perl Programming manual. Where ...
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How long is G-d's nose? [on hold]

One of the 13 attributes of G-d is that he is ארך אפים - one with a long nose. How long is HIS nose? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim ...
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Is there a listing that publishes the important deaf person for each day?

Even though he may be deaf, my son still "hears" about something called the "Deaf Yomi" - the daily deaf. He assumes that this is some article or feature that highlights a deaf person or something to ...
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how can the walls not see her hair

if a married woman wants to be strict and fulfill that the walls (beams) of her house should not see her hair (as she was taught a great woman did) she can use a canopy bed with curtains to sleep ...
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Why is Sarah the only woman that has her years lived mentioned?

Breishit 23:1 mentions that Sarah was 127 years old when she died. Ohr Hachaim's commentary seems to glance upon some issues regarding why Sarah's age was mentioned, and he seems to focus on the fact ...
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Why is Aharon the only person in Tanac"h who's death date is specifically mentioned? [duplicate]

AFAIK, Aharon is the only person in Tana"ch whose death date I specifically mentioned. See Bamidbar 33:38, I know that Aharon was a Chashuver Yid, but was makes him so special that only he of all ...
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Were the converts mentioned in the Megillah actually Jews?

Esther 8:17 says that many people of the various lands מתיהדים which means, literally "Made themselves Jewish". Does this mean that they were "valid" Jews, i.e. obligated in all the mitzvoth as ...
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How do we know that Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrtzeit was 7 Adar?

AFIK, Tana"ch rarely mentions the date of someone's death. Moshe death date is not mentioned in Tana"ch. I gather that we infer this from the fact that he died exactly 120 years after he was born. ...
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Why were the baraitot excluded from the mishnayot?

The Gemara (or Talmud) is full of Tannaitic teachings known as baraitot (or baraita in the singular). Nevertheless, these teachings were not codified in the Shishah Sidre'i Mishnah (Six Orders of The ...
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Barbeque grill tevila

It seems the popular opinion of Kashrus organizations is to require dipping the actual grill. See here by footnote 48 in the name of OU. ...
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Historic, variant wording for birkat hamazon for women?

The Mishna Berura (halachot birchat hamazon, siman 187) mentions a variant wording of the birkat hamazon that is said by women. Precisely what is this wording and when was it used and when was it ...
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Halacha when mashiah has come

We pray for mashiah to come. After mashiah has arrived, are those prayers eliminated or changed? Also, will Halacha itself be changed or eliminated?
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Lucky Buddha Beer

does anyone know if the beer lucky buddha beer is kosher? it is a beer made in china? does anyone know if it has been certified kosher by any establishment? Please let me know
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Is it ok to Text After Kriyat Shema al Hamita?

Is it okay to text after saying kriyat shema al hamita? You're not supposed to talk afterward, as it says: Tremble and sin not. Reflect in your hearts while on your beds, and be utterly silent. ...
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Tzitzit: new bracha after sport?

If one took off his tzitzis while going for a run, playing football or doing exercise, will he need to make a new bracha when putting it on again?
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To wear tsisit (worn under shirts),

To wear tsisit (worn under shirts), Is it halacha, custom, minhag. do we have to wear them?
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Why does G-d hide his honor from His own attendants?

In the Shabbat / Yom Tov Musaf, there's a phrase that translates as: "משרתיו שואלים זח לזח איה מקום כבודו" "His attendants ask each other, 'Where is the place of His honor?'" We say this each ...
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May a person who has sensitive hearing wear ear plugs during Kri'at Megilah?

There is a requirement to hear each word of the Megilah. What if someone has very sensitive hearing such that the loud noise of the graggers etc. after hearing Haman causes ringing in his ears and ...
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what is Shalom Aleichem

what does Shalom Aleichem mean? is it a question (peace on to you) or a blessing or both? מסכת ברכות פרק ב ב,א היה קורא בתורה, והגיע זמן המקרא--אם כיוון את ליבו, יצא; ואם לאו, לא יצא. ובפרקים ...
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What is the relationship between the Tzitz and Tzitzit?

My friend and I were pondering the connections between the kohen gadol's tzitz and the tzitzit fringes of the average Yid. Aside from the obvious linguistic relationship (that we don't understand) ...
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Honor a first-time blood donor during shacharit?

I'm a student at a 6-12 Jewish day school in which mandatory shacharit services (but students are given a choice between several denominational options) are held on Mondays and Thursdays. I help run ...
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Jewish mourning practices - candle cup of water salt for seven days after burial

I am looking for more information regarding the following custom or minhag excerpt: "It was customary to keep a candle burning in the death chamber during the week after burial; one report has it ...
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What does family have to do with the bad dog?

I often here people mention Canine Hara, the bad dog. However, it seems especially common to refer to it when discussing family. For example: I have ten children, Canine Hara. or My ...
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What to do with Torah novella thought in the bathroom by accident

Halachically it is prohibited to think about Torah in the bathroom. However, sometimes I'll get up to go to the bathroom while I'm in the middle of a tough sugya and I'll find myself still thinking ...
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Human sacrifice

In "Retzei", human sacrifice is clearly mentioned: רְצֵה ה' אֱלהֵינוּ בְּעַמְּךָ יִשרָאֵל וּבִתְפִלָּתָם וְהָשֵׁב אֶת הָעֲבודָה לִדְבִיר בֵּיתֶךָ. וְאִשֵּׁי יִשרָאֵל וּתְפִלָּתָם. בְּאַהֲבָה ...
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Why do the Chassidim require explicit mention?

In the amidah, the prayer for our welfare includes specific mention of Chassidim, but not of Litvaks, Sefardim, etc.: עַל הַצַּדִּיקִים וְעַל הַחֲסִידִים. וְעַל זִקְנֵי עַמְּךָ בֵּית יִשרָאֵל. ...
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Why may the me'il, in particular, not be torn?

Shemot 28:32 says about the me'il that it not be torn. Zevachim 95a states that this is a prohibition. The Sefer Hachinuch §101 explains that it is disrespectful to damage it in any way. Why does ...
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How do you make a “safer” Torah? [on hold]

This seems to be an ongoing concern, esp. these days. We have had several people get injured from the Torah in various ways. Some incidents: While carrying the Torah, one person injured his leg ...
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Can I write Purim Torah in the bathroom? [duplicate]

Or do we worry about hirhurim of real Torah when writing fake Torah? This is a real question, BTW.
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7 girls fighting over 1 boy at the Sheva Brachot?

The last of the Sheva Brachot lists 7 girls: Gila, Rina, Ditza, Chedva, Ahava, Achva, and Re'ut. Shalom is the only boy that was invited. Why couldn't they invite other boys. Don't any of these other ...
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Is the Kiddush required to be in a separate house / building?

I noticed that the smell of warming kugel and chulent on Shabbat disturbs people's kavanah during davening. I can tell from these actions: People stare at the announcements handout to see who ...
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1answer
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Why do we bless only the 10th Rabbi in the community after reading the Megillah?

The bracha after finishing the Megillah starts: Harav Esri Veinu - The tenth rabbi among us Why bless just the 10th rabbi. Aren't the other 9 as worthy? This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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Is Esther's comment in Esther 7:4 a reference to one of the curses in Devarim 28:68?

In Esther 7:4, Esther says that had the Jews been sold for slaves and maidservants, she would have been silent. Devarim 28:68 says that we would be shipped to Egypt, and we would try to sell ...
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Why no repetition of the Shema in shul?

We repeat the amida in shul for the sake of those who do not know the amida. We read the birkat hamzaon aloud for the sake of those who do not know the blessings. In both cases, we assume that many ...
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1answer
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Tachanun on 7 Adar

According to those who don't say tachanun on the seventh of Adar (referenced here, here, here, here page 3 among others) as it is traditionally considered Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrzeit, and as such, some ...
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Does the oven have a nose and more than one eye?

In the Mishnah, Seder Teharot, Mesechet Calim, in 8:3, talking about an oven, it states: ואין לה גפים, It doesn't have גפים, which K'hati explains to mean היינו אזניים These are ears. And ...
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What is the longest Rashi (most words) in Shas?

What is the longest Rashi (most words) in Shas? The largest I have found is in Meseches Kereisos 2a, ד"ה ופסח 
ומילה מצות עשה, weighing in at 792 words.
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“Can't argue with that?” Says who?

There is a famous Jewish adage "על טעם ועל ריח אין להתווכח". However, amazingly, one can find a plethora of disagreements in the Talmud and Halachic works whether reicha lav milsa hi or if ta'am is ...
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1answer
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Beef Jerky by a non frum person

Can a person make beef jerky in his house if he is not frum. if he says his house is 100% kosher and all his utensils are kosher but he does not keep kosher outside of his home nor does he observe the ...

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