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Graciously accepting gifts [closed]

I delivered Shalach Manos today to a number of people. Much to my dismay, everyone accepted them graciously and gratefully, and not a single person expressed how disappointed they were with my gifts. ...
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whats the diffrence [closed]

Whits teh difference btween arur hAman and Baruch mosses? -- This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy
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What are the two prohibitions, and why thank God after being bound by them? [closed]

It's well known that there are four main categories of persons who offer a korban toda (or say hagomel) to thank God, one of which is מי שהיה חבוש בב׳ האיסורים, someone who was bound by the two ...
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From Whence do we derive that Jews must span the political spectrum? [closed]

Is there any source for Am Yisrael spanning the gamut of the political spectrum, seeing as we have produced political leaders Left, Right, and Centre. This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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Laws of yichud in the Soviet Union [closed]

In Soviet Union, is there heter for man and woman to seclude in same room if there is chazaka that KGB is watching? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...
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The hashkafa of atheism and mitzvot d'rabbonon? [closed]

An atheist told me that rather than being the Word of God, the Torah and the Mitzvot were actually concocted by the Rabbis and therefore they are not binding. According to his own admission, all ...
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Why do we not shower every night? [closed]

The Gemara in Megillah 7b is clear: חייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא A person must smell good in bed However, I have seen that people are not careful about this. In fact, I have known some Yeshiva ...
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Announcing the clock change in English? [closed]

It is well-known that the age-old, widespread, and correct practice is to announce the molad on the Shabbat preceding Rosh Chodesh specifically in the holy language of Yiddish. In contrast to this, in ...
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The Dubno Maggid's contemporary [closed]

Everyone is familiar with the famous Dubno Maggid who illustrated his teachings with parables. But what is far less known is that he had a contemporary who was known as the Dumbo Maggid, who ...
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Neder to not eat pizza [closed]

If I make a vow to not eat pizza, what can I not eat? On the one hand, it would seem that bread with sauce and cheese on it is called pizza, as that is what they give you in a pizza shop when you ...
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How do we fulfill the positive commandment to be crazy? [closed]

How do we fulfill the positive commandment in Devarim 28:34 which commands us to be crazy: וְהָיִיתָ, מְשֻׁגָּע This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...
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Why don't we celebrate Ben Drusai's Yahrtzeit? [closed]

Ben Drusai was one of the most influential figures in the history of halacha. His minimal contributions to the talmud grew over the years to entire sections of hilchos shabbos and there are even ...
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How could Pharaoh bring sacrifices? [closed]

The Torah teaches us that Pharaoh brought korbanos (Shemos 14:10) ופרעה הקריב Pharaoh offered sacrifices It is not clear what sacrifices Pharaoh brought, however the Torah tells us a ...
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How do I know what to take Challah from? [closed]

Tosefos in Pesachim 37b writes: חיוב חלה הוי משעת גלגול The obligation of Challah comes at the point of reincarnation If I don't know who I am a reincarnation of, how do I know which dough ...
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Is Cholent DeOraitha or DeRabbanan? [closed]

As definitively proven by an 'Am HaAretz Gamur MiDeOraitha (a title of high distinction if ever there was one), eating Cholent on Shabbath is required. Every week. Without exception. But is this ...
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Why was David not afraid of the myriads he bought a round for? [closed]

Psalm 3 is a hopeful psalm. David starts by noting that great and powerful people have persecuted him, including his own son, Absalom. Then he expresses his hopeful trust that God will deliver him ...
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חזרה שבועה לסיני [closed]

The gemara states explicitly (Bava Metzia 3a) תני רבי חייא מנה לי בידך Rabbi Chiya teaches: "You owe me 100 zuz." I showed this gemara to my chavrusa and told him that I expected to be paid in ...
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Contradiction about the use of manure [closed]

Manuela Zoninsein writes for the Green Zionist Alliance about the value of tikkun olam — the Jewish commitment to repairing the world.… Today, part of repairing the world means ...
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Does the Torah tell us what to eat at the Purim meal? [closed]

Since we know that the Torah instructs us in every aspect of our lives, are there any instructions about what to eat at the Purim meal? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken ...
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What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature? [closed]

In Esther 1:9 we read, “ושתי המלכה עשתה משתי נשים” Vashti the queen was made of two women. Aside from being biologically surprising, what are the consequences of this in our understanding of the ...
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Whence “Purim”? [closed]

M'gilas Ester is very clear about the name of the holiday (9:26): עַל כֵּן קָרְאוּ לַיָּמִים הָאֵלֶּה פוּרִים So they called these days F urim Where does the current name of Purim come from? ...
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Why does it matter that Mordechai was right-handed? [closed]

In Esther 2:5, it says אִישׁ יְהוּדִי, הָיָה בְּשׁוּשַׁן הַבִּירָה; וּשְׁמוֹ מָרְדֳּכַי, בֶּן יָאִיר בֶּן-שִׁמְעִי בֶּן-קִישׁ--אִישׁ יְמִינִי There was a certain Jew in Shushan the castle, ...
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Are folded Hamentaschen Yotzei the three corners? [closed]

If I cut circles of dough with the intention of folding the edges into three corners, am I Yotzei the Mitzvah of Hamentaschen? As far as I know, this is the standard way of making Hamentaschen these ...
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Where is a Leitz supposed to live? [closed]

If it's prohibited to live among Leitzim, what is someone supposed to do if he is a Leitz? Just where exactly is he supposed to live? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken ...
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Why did David only seem to prohibit a Moshav Leitzim? [closed]

This question mentions the prohibition against living in a Moshav Leitzim. My question is, what about a Yishuv Leitzim or a Kibbutz Leitzim -or a Kfar Leitzim? How could David have been so ambiguous? ...
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What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud? [closed]

Among the early amoraim is ר׳ יוחנן נפחא (Rabbi Yochanan Nafcha), brother-in-law to the amora Resh Lakish. His name translates as John Smith; cf. Wikipedia and Morfix. This obviously refers to the ...
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Reading the Megillah on Friday [closed]

I accidentally read the Megillah tonight for my shul since last year, I could have sworn, that we read the Megillah right after the fast. Yet, the Rav of the Shul returned from a business trip after ...
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Are our moderators legal? [closed]

We know there is a famous Drash of "Som Tasim Alecha Melech". From here we have several Diyukim: Melech velo Malka - How do we have a woman mod? Melech (singular) - we can only have one mod. How do ...
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Can I walk out of class? [closed]

If I am in a class where the teacher asks "illegal questions" (an "Ein Lomar"), what must I do? If I stay, I would now have those questions - very bedieved. If I close my ears I would have violated ...
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Is there a prohibition to live in a Moshav? [closed]

Tehilim says that Dovid didn't sit in a moshav leitzim (implying that we shouldn't either). Is living in another moshav prohibited as "Chatzi Shiur"? This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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Why do we sing Mi Shenichnas Adar to the tune of “Pick a bale of cotton”? [closed]

Of all tunes available in the world, why do we choose a "worker's" song? A song composed by slaves as they served their masters? Why not something more uplifting? This question is Purim Torah and ...
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Why do people drink expensive alcohol on purim? [closed]

The main point of drinking on purim is to be drunk. So why did the Rabbis establish the requirement to drink wine? Vodka gets one there faster and cheaper, so it should be preferable to drink it, as ...
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Why does the Megilla assume the listeners are hard of hearing? [closed]

The Megilla starts, Narrator: And it was in the days of Achasverosh Audience: Who? Narrator: Achasverosh Why does the Megilla assume that the people listening are hard of hearing? ...
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How do I make my Adars the same? [closed]

The mishnah (Megillah 1:4) tells us: אֵין בֵּין אַדָּר הָרִאשׁוֹן לַאֲדָר הַשֵּׁנִי אֶלָּא קְרִיאַת הַמְּגִלָּה וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים There is no difference between the Adar I and Adar II ...
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How should I choose a Muktzah Klaf? [closed]

(Not to be confused with this question.) I recently moved, and all my Klafim got mixed up. I have some for Mezuzoth, some for Tefillin, and some for Sifrei Torah. It just so happens that I was ...
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Shmuel on Bava Basra 90a [closed]

‫ והמשתכר אל ישתכר יותר משתות (בבא בתרא 90A)‬ "One who gets drunk may not get drunk past a sixth." I have seen four shittos to explain this ruling which is brought l'halacha in ...
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ואם תאמר— but what if we didn't say anything? [closed]

When Tosafos or other Rishonim introduce a question with the phrase "and if it were said" (my translation) do they mean to imply that the question is b'dieved and everything would make more sense if ...
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Mi Yodeya min HaTorah minayin? [closed]

In the spirit of Talmud Bavli Chullin 139b. The Talmud assumes that great future events are hinted to in the Torah. Well in that case... Mi Yodeya min HaTorah minayin (where is Mi Yodeya hinted at in ...
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Some narrative difficulties related to the Midrash that identifies Haman with a previously-named character [closed]

If I recall correctly, there's a Midrash that, consistent with the "rule of conservation of Biblical personalities", identifies Haman with one of the people who shows up in the first two chapters of ...
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On the qualifications to be queen of Persia [closed]

In the first chapter of Ester, Achashverosh is advised that his queen, Vashti, be removed from her position ‏…וּמַלְכוּתָהּ יִתֵּן הַמֶּלֶךְ לִרְעוּתָהּ הַטּוֹבָה מִמֶּנָּה. וְנִשְׁמַע ...
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Surviving the zombie apocalypse? [closed]

One of Maimonidies 13 principles of faith is believing in the resurrection of the dead wherein the dead will arise from their graves. My question is have chazal provided any guidelines for how we are ...
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Giving turkey to G-d [closed]

In much of our liturgy, we say: הודו לה' כי-טוב כי לעולם חסדו Turkey for G-d because it is good, because [His/its] loving-kindness is everlasting. Also: טוב להודות לה It is good to ...
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May a Jewish professional boxer box a Jewish professional beat boxer? [closed]

(Not to be confused with this question.) Are there any halachic problems with a Jewish boxer boxing a Jewish beat boxer? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...
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May a Jew be a professional beat boxer? [closed]

(Not to be confused with this question.) Are there any halachic problems with a Jew being a professional beat boxer? (For those unfamiliar, click the speaker icon here for audio.) This question is ...
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Tahanun on Superbowl Sunday in competing market? [closed]

Is one supposed to recite תחנון on Superbowl Sunday if he is in the market of a team that is competing? What if it's a multi-team market, like the Jets and the Giants or the Redskins and the Ravens, ...
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Mah tov la-adam bachayim - mi yodeya? [closed]

Who knows what is good for a person in life? ?מה טוב לאדם בחיים - מי יודע Contrary to the spirit of Kohelet 6:12, please post happy and lighthearted Jewish prescriptions for what is good for a ...
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If I am obligated to be drunk all the time, how is Purim different? [closed]

We all know the halacha of עִבְדוּ אֶת-יְה-ה בְּשִׂמְחָה (Tehillim 100:2). But the gemara paskens (Pesachim 109a) that since the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash "אין שמחה אלא ביין" ("Joy only comes ...
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Stirah: is snow good or bad in Judaism? [closed]

On the one hand, we pray that our sins should become white like snow (kashelek yalbinu). On the other hand, we repeatedly find snow representing negative feelings: "Vayosifu Od SNOW oso" and "Eis ...
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How big did Mordechai get, and was it only in the king's palace? [closed]

According to the Megillah (9:4), Mordechai grew to a very large size whenever he was in the king's palace (כִּי־גָדוֹל מָרְדֳּכַי בְּבֵית הַמֶּלֶךְ ... כִּי־הָאִישׁ מָרְדֳּכַי, הוֹלֵךְ וְגָדוֹל). How ...
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Why did Lavan say “Ashre”? [closed]

In parashas "Vayetze", 31:25, we have the following in Onkelos: וְאַדְבֵּיק לָבָן יָת יַעֲקֹב וְיַעֲקֹב פְּרַס יָת מַשְׁכְּנֵהּ בְּטוּרָא וְלָבָן אַשְׁרֵי יָת אֲחוֹהִי בְּטוּרָא דְּגִלְעָד.‏ ...