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Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?

Technically, one should wear Tefillin all day. We don't, since we can't keep ourselves clean the whole day. But we still put it on once a day during Shacharis, since we can presumably keep ourselves ...
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Why do we wash our hands right-left-right-left (etc) in the morning, instead of like how we do when we are going to eat bread?

According to the Shulchan Aruch, we wash our hands right-left-right-left-right-left (with a cli). We wash our hands in the morning for three reasons (and three times is necessary to do all three): B'...
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Earliest Sources To Avoid Pronouncing the Name 'Samael'

What are the earliest explicit sources that reference the practice of not pronouncing the name 'Samael'? I ask since I have heard many people doing this. It is referenced here: http://www.yeshiva.org....
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Where does the Zohar mention each day's challenges?

The Artscroll Stone Chumash on page 80, note 11, says the following: באים בימים - Coming with [their] days. The Zohar says, "Each day in a person's life carries with it it's own challenge and ...
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Saying a pasuk to scare dogs

It seems somewhat widespread that Jews that are scared of dogs think that saying ולכל בני ישראל לא יחרץ כלב לשונו will either protect them or scare the dog away or something like that. Does this have ...
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Maps of Biblical Israel according to different authorities

After learning through Sefer Yehoshua with a variety of commentaries, I noticed that there seems to be alot of differing opinions in how the land was divided up amongst the Shevatim and the shape of ...
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Judicial System During the First Temple period

The Sanhedrin was a Jewish high court that was the supreme authority for Jewish law during the second Temple period. There seem to be a references to a central group of Sages in Exodus 24 and ...
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Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?

What is the source of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism? Are there people who disagree with its existence? Who was the first to mention it? What I am asking essentially is what is the historical ...
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Sanctifying Hashem's Name by getting killed [duplicate]

I heard that if someone is given the option to either convert to Christianity or get burned at the stake; and he gets burned at the stake, then he will not feel the pain since he's sanctifying Hashem'...
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Two-letter shorashim and phonetic shorashim?

I have heard many times in the name of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch that every Hebrew shoresh (usually defined with three letters) has a more basic root of two letters. I also heard in his name that ...
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When Gut feeling and supposed Knowledge conflict

There's a kid who started doing daf yomi and feels that through the daf he gains skills, confidence, knowledge, consistency and most of all a sense of accomplishment. His rabbi tells him one day he ...
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Source for Modeh Ani

What is the earliest source that says that one should recite the short prayer of thanks known as "modeh ani" when one gets up in the morning?
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Did the Beit Yosef Write Every Siman in Shulchan Aruch?

At the end of this video, Rabbi David Bar-Hayim makes the claim that not every Sif in Shulchan Aruch (as it is before us) was written by the Beit Yosef himself (Rabbi Yosef Karo). He says that parts ...
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Source for the description of Mashiach in MBD's “Some Day”

Mordechai Ben David's classic song "Some Day" gives a description of what will happen in Yemot HaMashiach (the days of Mashiach). It seems to be a very popular song, and has doubtlessly influenced ...
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Rule of first occurrence?

Searching online I came across a nice article which wrote: link It is a teaching of Chassidic thought (the only source I have for this is Shlomo Carlebach!) that the first occurrence of a ...
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Where do we get the number for how many alyot in the torah reading?

We know that 7 people are called for reading torah at shabbat shakharit (and one for the maftir), but we find that the number drops down to 3 at minkha and again on weekdays (Monday & Thursday). ...
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Looking for the source of a saying on “redemption being like a candle in the daylight”

I'm looking for the source for the saying that goes something like: "celebrating the first redemption in the yemos hamoshiach will be like lighting a candle in the daylight".
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Where does the concept of “shirayim” come from?

Please explain the concept of shirayim (literally, leftovers) wherein the followers of a chassidic Rebbe will receive portions of his food to it, these leftovers are considered holy or special in some ...
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Post mortem Tahara

I'm looking for sources discussing the religious aspect of the Tahara done on deceased Jews. I recall someone mentioning that the religious aspect of it was a practice we picked up from the Muslims ...
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Do you have to know kol ha Torah kula?

Is there a requirement for a Jewish man to know the whole Torah (including every gemara, tosafot, Midrasch…) or is it OK to know the Halacha that is relevant to you and then to use the rest of ...
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Do Karaite Jews Celebrate Chanuka?

As far as I know, Karaite Judaism recognizes the Tanakh only as its source of Jewish Law and practice. However Karaites do celebrate Purim based on the Book of Esther, so they do observe non-mosaic ...
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Money and Happiness

I heard from someone that money buys you happiness. Is that true? What's the Torah's perspective on both money and happiness?
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Sources that discuss reasons for the prohibition on suicide

What are a few (as many as possible) sources in the Gemara and cases in Tanach that deal with why one is not allowed to take his/her own life?
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Gematria 515 avodat halev

I read this article: 'ABOUT AND BY THE COMMENTATORS: Why do we Eat Matza on Pesach?' written by Rabbi Amnon Bazak, in which he wrote: Avudraham gives many examples of gematria, the numerical ...
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Three things you should listen to your wife?

What are the three items in which one must listen to his wife (because it's divinely inspired)? I forget what they are but I heard them in a shiur. I think it's sourced in the gemarah. Something like ...
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Is every fourth step in EY a mitzvah?

i've heard a rav saying that every fourth step you do in Eretz Yisrael is considered a mitzva. does someone have a sources for this?
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Weakened punishment if done for the nation

I'm looking for sources where we see someone had a lesser punishment or no punishment at all because the act the did although punishable, was done for the nation (klal yisroal). I heard a shiur where ...
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Sources for Rambam

Is there a commentary on Mishneh Torah that connects the Rambam's words to his source in the gemara? I'm looking for something similar to the Be'er Hagola to the Shulhan Arukh, or an inverse En ...
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Authorship of Mishna

The Gemara in Yevamot 5oa clearly assumes that R. Yehuda Hanassi authored the Mishna: אמר רב יוסף כאן שנה רבי משנה שאינה צריכה Are there any tannaic sources that also state that he authored the ...
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Source for story about the Chasam Sofer, Rav Nosson Adler and an Amalekite?

I heard a story that goes roughly like this: after the death of his Rebbi, the Chasam Sofer decided to make Rav Nosson Adler his new Rebbi. He therefore undertook a long voyage to meet Rav Adler. On ...
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Amaleik, Refidim and Disunity

The Torah says that the Amaleik came and battled Israel at Refidim. I read in a book called, "Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein, page 65, that according to the sages, the Jews were actually ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

Since Hanukkah, I have been attracted to the 'character' displayed by the flame of a candle. Even on Shabbat I have witnessed differences between two candles in how they burn (starting from any ...
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Source of the word “teva” for nature

I was told by someone who I consider to be very reliable that the word טבע, which means nature, does not have a source in Biblical or Talmudic literature, and it is a word that first emerges in ...
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Gravesite of Moshe Rabbeinu Not Being Known

Where does it speak about the fact that we don't know where Moshe Rabbeinu is buried. Is this in the Talmud? Somewhere else in Chazal? I've heard the reason is that G-d did this in order that people ...
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Is the mitzva to write a Torah scroll for oneself derived from Deuteronomy 31:19?

This site cites (under Torah - 16) Deuteronomy 31:19 for the reason that there is a mitzva to write your own Torah scroll. That every person shall write a scroll of the Torah for himself. Is ...
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What will happen to all other religions places of worship and scripture when moshiach comes

Does it say anywhere in Jewish scripture what will happen to the places of worship and religious scripture of all the other religions of the world when moshiach comes?
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Everything is in the Torah

Someone mentioned that, "There is nothing on earth that is not hinted at in the Torah."* Does anyone know where such a statement can be found?
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Why do some siddurim switch the order of the angels?

I've noticed that in some siddurim in the prayer "El Adon" the last line has the order of the angels switched; that is, they say: "seraphim, chayot, v'ophanei hakodesh" instead of "seraphim, ...
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The story of the Minim and Boethusians; trying to fix the festival of Shavuot on Sunday

I've found different sources like the Mishnah, Babylonian Talmud (tractate Rosh HaShanah), Jerusalem Talmud, Tosefta etc., talking about the Minim and the Boethusians who wanted to fix the festival of ...
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Do any Gedolim forbid attending a sporting event

Does a male violate any halacha in the torah by watching a ball game at a sports stadium? Are there any Gedolim that oppose going?
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Talmud source that the righteous can create worlds with their words

Looking for a source in the talmud which says that the righteous can create worlds with their words - I saw this and I can't remember in which tractate/where exactly, google isn't helping.
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Source of Hirsch Vayikra 23:15

I'm looking for a english translation of Hirsch his full commentary on VaYikra 23:15. Does anyone knows where i could find it?
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Pulling ear when sneeze

Where does it come from that people pull their ear when they sneeze does it have something to do with our forefather Jacob before him no-one became ill just before death? That is, he became ill before ...
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Which rishon allows women to appear without hair covering in front of less than three men in her own home?

I remember reading of an opinion that allows married women not to cover their hair when they are in their own home in the presence of three men or less. I cannot remember the source though and would ...
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Keeping your Tzitzis out as a segulah for shemiras einayim - Mishnah Berurah?

I've heard that there is a Mishnah Berurah that says that keeping one's Tzitzis out is a Segulah (protection or virtue) for Shemiras Einayim (to protect once eyes, i.e., not to look at prohibited ...
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Saying Hallel in Shul on Pesach Night

There is a minhag by some kehillas in chutz L'aretz and by almost all kehillas in Israel to say the complete version of Hallel in the shul during maariv on the first night of Pesach (and second in ...
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Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries

Those of you who may have read my profile know that I have been reading and transcribing information on tombstones in towns in the Spis Region of Slovakia, in which no Jews remain. My colleague is ...
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Angels created through the deeds of man?

Pirke Avos 4:11 Rabbi Eliezer the son of Yaakov would say: He who fulfills one mitzvah, acquires for himself one angel-advocate; he who commits one transgression, acquires against himself one ...
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Payment for Shadchanim

Where did the idea of paying a shadchan come from? Is it an obligation? Is it just like paying anyone for a service? If so, why do we only pay if the shidduch leads to a marriage? Additionally, who ...