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May one soak bulgur wheat on Shabbat?

One method to make tabouleh, is to soak bulgur wheat in water. The method is to pur an amount of bulgur into a bowl, cover it with water and have it soak in the fridge for about 30 mins. until the ...
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Why put water into the havdallah wine?

I have seen people (mainly sefardim) put a few drops of water into the wine before havdallah. Why do they do this?
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What were Moshe and Aharon supposed to say to the rock?

B'midbar 20:8 shows that G-d instructs Moshe and Aharon to speak to the rock, and it will bring forth water. Usually, when G-d instructs Moshe to speak to B'nai Yisra'el he indicates what Moshe ...
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Moshe doubts G-d in Numbers 20:8

In Numbers 20:8 G-d commands Moshe to speak to the inanimate rock for water. Was this really a reasonable command for G-d to make? Even Moshe seems to have thought this was an impossible ...
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Can someone help me understand Genesis Rabbah 4?

The beginning of Genesis Rabbah 4 talks mainly about the firmament in creation account. It goes as follows (from the Artscroll Mesorah publication): (4:2): "At the moment the Holy One, Blessed is He,...
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Must ice cubes be designated meat or dairy and separated?

If I have a freezer each for meat and for dairy, can the ice from automatic ice cube maker in my meat freezer be used to cool dairy drinks?
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Can hot tap water touching rainwater frozen by winter create a valid mikveh?

I'm considering building an outside mikveh, with the freshwater section above the rainwater section (with two holes between them, classical "bor al gabai bor" halachic design) but there is no ...
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Why does fruit juice, when mixed with flour, not count as chametz, since it contains water?

How can mixing flour with fruit juice be permitted on Passover, since all fruit juice, even pure juice directly squeezed from fruit always contains water?. Water, H2O, is simply a chemical component ...
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Maharil and Terumat haDeshen: Mayim Shelanu

Inspired by this question. I have heard a machloket in the names of the Maharil and the Terumat haDeshen about the source for mayim shelanu. While the details were given, the sources were not. The ...
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Mayim shelanu history?

The water used to bake Matzah must be mayim shelanu—water that had been drawn in the evening and left to cool overnight. What is the halachic background for this requirement?
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Can one make ice on Shabbos?

Can one make ice on Shabbat? For example, putting water in an empty ice cube box and freezing it? I've heard it's a Machloket between the Rema and Shulchan Arukh. What are their opinions on making ...
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Where do matza bakers find flour that's definitely never gotten wet?

Matzah sold as Shmurah means that Jews were present from the time of harvesting, making sure that the grain stayed dry and didn't become chametz, and intending for the purpose of the mitzva of matzah. ...
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Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?

The meal offerings in the Temple (that were unleavened – matzo) were kneaded with lukewarm water Rambam Maaseh Hakorbonos - Chapter 12 Halocho 21 despite the fact that this accelerates leavening. We ...
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Can a magician cast a spell in water?

The power of magicians and magic, the Talmud speaks plenty about. One such example is that of Ze'iri and the donkey, in Sanhedrin 67: זעירי איקלע לאלכסנדריא של מצרים זבן חמרא כי מטא לאשקוייה מיא ...
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does a water bottle become fleishig from a meal?

If I drank from a water bottle during a meat meal, does it become meat? Basically, if I drink from the same water bottle a few hours later, do I need to wait six hours again?
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Water Fasts and Halacha

Some spiritual disciplines have a concept of a "water fast" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fasting), during which one consumes only water, tea w/o sugar, etc. Clearly, consuming even water ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters (http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-...
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Why would spring water or mineral water need a kosher certification?

Nearly every popular U.S. brand of spring or mineral water that I've seen has a kosher certification symbol on the bottle. Amonng them are Perrier and Saratoga (mineral / sparkling) and Poland Spring ...
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Hydroponics – Allowed on Seventh Year?

Would hydroponics be allowed in Israel on the seventh year, when there are additional restrictions on farming the land?
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Can an igloo be a valid succah?

Follow up to this answer. The end of item 1 encouraged me to ask a question regarding using ice as the succah walls. Assume that scrub brush is used as schach. Some additional parameters regarding ...
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Can flowing water be used as walls for a sukkah?

Is it permissible to make a sukkah with walls made of flowing water (assuming that schach can be suspended over these 'walls')? Furthermore, would the water need to be 'continuous' or 'wall-like' (...
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Will accidentally wetting a page of an English Tanakh rend it non kosher?

If someone accidentally dropped a drop of water on a page of Tanakh will reading it, and the Tanakh is in English and the drop of water didn't fall on any name of HaShem. Will that make it non kosher ?...
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For puposes of Tashlich, what is considered a “body of water”?

On the 1st day of Rosh Hashanna (if not Shabbat), customarily people go to a body of water for Tashlich. Does the water have to be there currently and must be a "natural" body of water? If so, what's ...
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How do I avoid thirst when fasting?

I started fasting on Yom Kippur as an adult, about 10 years ago. A couple times I had to drink a glass of water either after Kol Nidre or before Shacharit, because I felt completely dehydrated (I did ...
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How did the water climb so high?

The Gemara in Sota 34 says וכיון שניטבלו רגלי כהנים במים חזרו המים לאחוריהם שנאמר וכבוא נושאי הארון עד הירדן וגו' ויעמדו המים היורדים מלמעלה קמו נד אחד וכמה גובהן של מים שנים עשר מיל על שנים עשר ...
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Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?

The halacha is that you should only say a bracha on water if you're thirsty. All the seforim I've read agree on the following: if you're not thirsty, but you drink water in order to swallow a pill, ...
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Why does the Chumash have to explain what “thirst” means?

In Parshat Eikev, Moshe recounts all the challenges of the time in the desert. In Devarim 8:15 we read, 15.Who led you through that great and awesome desert, [in which were] snakes, vipers and ...
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Is a dud shemesh allowed to be used on Shabbat?

Can a solar-powered water heater (a dud shemesh [דוד שמש] in Hebrew) be used on Shabbat? These are quite common in Israel as a way of heating water without electricity on a sunny day. Essentially, ...
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Why singular “וְלֹא הָיָה מַיִם” in Bamidbar 20:2?

The word מַיִם is, as far as I know, pretty consistently grammatically plural in Chumash (and, incidentally, in more modern Hebrew also). That is, the adjectives that modify it are plural adjectives, ...
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What's the difference between בְּמַיִם and בַּמַּיִם?

In Tanach, the noun מַיִם occasionally is prefixed with a ב־. When the noun is modified by an adjective, the word formed is בְּמַיִם, as in Bamidbar 24:7 "וְזַרְעוֹ בְּמַיִם רַבִּים", N'chemya 9:11 "...
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Coffee Urns on Shabbos

I've heard that there is a dispute among halachic decisors if one is allowed to use an urn like the one shown below on Shabbos because the outside water tube gets cold over Shabbos but then gets ...
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May I drink water while wearing tefillin?

If I am wearing Tefilin, and I feel very thirsty, should I take off my Tefllin to drink, (if I am even allowed to interrupt) or am I allowed to drink water while wearing Tefilin?
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Water left unopened

According to this article from the Kof-K one is obligated in covering water bottles, but we dont practice today as snakes are not common, but what if i lived in a desert like city, like Phoenix ...
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Can noisy fans and humidifiers be run on Shabbat in a home that has had a flood?

Talmud Shabbat 18a states that “It is forbidden to place grain in a water mill [on Erev Shabbat] unless it will be ground before nightfall. Why? Rabba said: Because it creates noise.”[10] ...
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Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha?

Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha? So for example, if one would eat an kezais of ice on yom Kippur, but it would not be equal to a reviyis, would he be liable for a chatas?
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So where are these mermaids?

According to the answers to Would a mermaid be kosher?, the Gemara and poskim apparently believed that mermaids exist, and would not be kosher. So, if these mermaids and sirens exist, where would ...
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After the first plague, where did Paro's magicians get water to turn to blood?

Sh'mot chapter 7 describes the first plague, with the Nile and all other water turning to blood (except the Israelites' water). Paro's magicians then turn water into blood, which convinces Paro that ...
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Gathering my own rainwater to tovel

Is it permissible to tovel dishes in a bucket which I've left outside to gather rainwater? Is there an issue, for instance, if there hasn't been rain for a period of time?
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Drinking from a drinking fountain throughout the day

This question deals with someone who has a cup of a drink and carries it around all day long, possibly refilling it, etc. I am wondering, for someone who drinks from a drinking fountain every time he ...
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If there are ants in the sink on Shabbat, can I use the sink even though they'll drown?

If there are ants (or other creepy-crawlies) in a sink on Shabbat, what is permitted to do with them when using the sink? Here are some things i can think of: Intentionally avoid pouring water on ...
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Drinking from a water fountain on Shabbos

Often when drinking from a water fountain it causes the motor that makes the water cold to run. May one drink from it on Shabbos?
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Licking fingers for Mayim Acharonim?

Since saliva is one of the seven "liquids" (a subcategory of water, cf. Machshirin 6:5), would licking or sucking on one's own fingers fulfill the obligation of Mayim Acharonim?
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Saying Asher Yatzar if there is no water available

Suppose after using the facilities there is no water available, should one say Asher Yatzar without washing their hands?
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Can I make a mikvah using artificial rain?

If I have a mikva which needs filling, and there is no rain, can I use the following mechanism - I have a Mikva in a closed room. On top of this Mikva, there is a cooling system (let's say that this ...
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Why doesn't Tefilat Geshem have a verse referring to Miriam?

The "Tefilat Geshem" ("Prayer for Rain") recited on Shemini 'Atzeret contains six verses. Each verse refers to a different person (except the last, which refers to a nation) and makes various ...
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Drinking Water after Eating Fish

Is anyone familiar with the practice of not drinking water after eating fish? I know that something has to be used to clean your mouth before eating meat, but somehow I got the idea in my head that ...
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Can one wet the lulav-towel on yom tov?

Some people wrap the bottom of the lulav (with the hadasim and aravot) with a moist towel, rag, or paper towel to keep the hadasim and aravot looking good. Is this allowed to be done on yom tov? If ...
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Can you dry yourself on shabbos?

May one dry himself with a towel on shabbos after using the mikvah? If not, why not? If yes, why?
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Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?

Someone takes a cup containing just the amount of wine for which he must make a blessing after drinking it. He then dilutes the wine with water such that the blessing is no longer “borei pri hagofen”...