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Can meat grown from living cells be kosher? Is it eiver min hachai?

Earlier questions such as In vitro meat — further questions dealt with meat grown from stem cells of slaughtered animals. This question is specifically about meat grown from stem cells taken from live ...
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Definition of the term “Talmud” in the phrase “Talmud Torah”

What is the definition of the word "Talmud" used by Chazal in the expression talmud Torah? Does it mean learning Torah, or teaching Torah? I seem to remember this discussed in an article (perhaps on ...
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Do any Geonim or Rishonim adopt/incorporate teachings from Philo?

Do any early commentators from the geonim or rishonim periods cite any teachings from Philo Judeas by name?
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Wearing clean but not “freshly laundered” clothes in the 9 Days

As an extension of this unanswered question, and based on the site linked to in this question, what does "freshly laundered" mean? I had a bunch of long sleeved shirts laundered in mid-June but then ...
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Explain differences in terms used for “prayer”

Please explain the differences in the types of "prayer" that is meant when these terms for "prayer" as found in Tanac"h are used. I have intentionally omitted English translation for these verses, as ...
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Does mesirah apply to organizations other than the government?

Inspired by a good question asked here that did not receive any serious answers. Are there prohibitions (under mesirah or elsewhere) on turning over a fellow Jew to authorities other than the ...
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This is regarding a Talmudic debate

Was there a debate in the Talmud regarding weather Klal Yisroel was still mechayiv Mitzvoth in Galus after the Churbun?
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What gives rabbis permission to alter the reading of a Biblical verse?

There are several places in the Talmud, where rabbis alter the reading of a Biblical verse to teach something. an example of this is: Berakhot 64a (Sefaria): אמר רבי אלעזר אמר רבי חנינא תלמידי ...
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Beginning fast of Tisha B'av during Shabbat

When Tisha B'av begins after Shabbat, as it does this year, we begin fasting after sundown before Shabbat is over. On the one hand, we postponed the full fast day of Tish'a B'av to Sunday, because ...
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Rambam's rules of modesty

What is proper modesty for all Jewish women according to Rambam? You know, skirt length, age to cover hair, to cover the neck or not, etc.
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Shofar from ibex horn?

I have the 2015 calendar from the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, and today I noticed that the September page has a picture of a shofar made from an ibex horn. The calendar dates it to 1850-...
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How is the Jewish understanding of the sinful soul of mankind different from the concept of “original sin”?

I came upon an answer today that caused me to pause. The question asked, "Why do all women deserve to suffer for one woman's sin?" The answer began by summarizing Ariza"l: both Adam and Chava's ...
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Why does the fast of Tish'a B'Av begin before nightfall?

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 553:2 states that eating on Erev Tisha B'av must end while it is still daylight. In viewing the topic of tosefet Shabbat which is mentioned in Talmud Rosh Hashannah 9a, I ...
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Cherubim & Ark of Cov. description paralleled to (or inspired by) Egyptians?

I'm wondering why the cherubim atop the Ark of the Covenant, as referenced in Exodus 25:20, 1 Kings 8:6, 2 Chronicles 5:7, etc., are explicitly described with outstretched wings? I believe that ...
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“לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in the Megillah and Al Hanisim

As I was reading Al Hanisim this year, something odd struck me "לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר" - the 12th month. What struck me was that this year is a leap year so we actually celebrated Purim in the ...
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Hashem's apparent inconsistency with Bilam

Does anyone know of a convincing explanation of Hashem's behaviour with Bilam? It looks like He couldn't be more inconprehensible if He tried. First, He starts off by refusing to allow Bilam to go at ...
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What to do if I start saying the wrong berakha?

Sometimes, if I'm not paying too much attention to what I'm doing, I accidentally say asher yatzar when I'm commencing a berakha over food. Obviously, I should pay more attention to what I'm doing but,...
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How can something negative be a blessing?

Ya'akov calls out for his sons to come to him, in order to tell them what would happen in the acharit hayamim. From Bereshit 49 verse 28 we learn that Ya'akov gave the tribes a bracha (blessing). But ...
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Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks

It seems there is precedent to allow for netilas yadayim when you don't have a cup, by turning the sink on and off for each rivi'is per hand. By employing this method you satisfy the requirement of ...
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Is there nowadays any advantage in having an Ark which is movable?

The Mishnah in Taanis 2 (1) refers to the practice of taking the Ark out of the synagogue into the the town square on the more serious fasts for rain and putting ashes on the ark: סדר תענייות כיצד:...
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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What is the definition of Zera Yisrael? Please read description

Shalom Aleichem, I am considering a halachic conversion to Judaism after having converted (along with several family members of mine) with a reform rabbi several years ago. In my research and studies, ...
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Aesthetics and chukoseihem

In general, there is a prohibition to adopt practices from other cultures (See, e.g., Maimonides' Laws of Idolatry 11; see also here) if there is no clear, reasonable, non-idolatrous justification for ...
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Why do all women deserve to suffer for the sin of one woman, Chava?

In the Torah, Bereshit 3:16, all women receive the curse of a painful childbirth and their subservience to men. This is all because Chava made the choice to make Adam eat from the tree. Why should all ...
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While knowing another Jew will mechalel shabbat because of you, is it preferred you do it instead?

So I have a general question: If you are a religious Jew and you are in a non religious Jew's home on Sabbath and you mention that it is really hot and you would love to have an AC on and then you ...
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How far can you go in Shabbos leniency in order to prepare food?

I am referring to situations in which it is very likely that there will not be any food unless Shabbos leniencies are exploited. For example, if literally all my food is all in the fridge, but I know ...
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invoking a name in prayer

I am reading a book A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book, by Aliza Lavie. In it the author writes: Freiha was an eighteenth-century Moroccan poet who wrote in Hebrew under the pen-name Bat Yosef. ...
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Does someone have a digitalized version of the Chabad's table of interruptions in Prayer?

Almost all Chabad sidurim has a table in the beginning with the places of the tefila and where you can or can't respond amen, baruch hu uvaruch shmo etc depending on where you are in the prayer. Very ...
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Source for 3 and only 3 Temples

Is Yirmiyahu 7:4 the source for the idea that there won't be a 4th Temple? If not, what is? ד אַל-תִּבְטְחוּ לָכֶם, אֶל-דִּבְרֵי הַשֶּׁקֶר לֵאמֹר: הֵיכַל יְהוָה הֵיכַל יְהוָה, הֵיכַל יְהוָה הֵמָּה.&...
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What is the name of the special parsha read on the shabbos before purim?

What is the parasha that we read on the shabbos before purim called?
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The name Nataliyah/Natali (is it Jewish?) [on hold]

Where does the name Natalia come from? I ask this because many many Jewish girls, even religious ones, use this as a name. I always thought that it is a feminine version of Naftali, is that true? Or ...
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What type of olive oil was used for the shemen hamishcha (Anointing oil)?

I have looked through the relevant gemoros in Menachos and Krisos as well as the Rambam in H' Klei Hamikdosh but I can't find a source for what quality of olive oil was used for the shemen hamishchah. ...
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Eliezer's nation

So Eliezer, as we know, is Avra'am's servant. But who were to be his descendents? Did he have a nation come from him? If so, who? Or (since he was a canaani) did his descendants become canaani, or ...
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Why did God create a finite world only once?

As I know, our world is finite in both in space and time. But God is infinite. Is there any known reason why He created a single, finite world only once in the Eternity?
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וּרמִיננְהוּ or וּרמִיננְהִי?

Was starting tractate b'rakhoth in a Talmud that has nekudot. i came across the word וּרמִיננְהוּ and looked it up in an Aramaic dictionary to find it meaning. The Aramaic dictionary gave me the ...
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Why do we benefit from chocolate bars with no hechsher, but not eat them?

We don't eat chocolate bars with no hechsher. What are we afraid might be in them, whether through the equipment or directly? Let's take the case of a dairy chocolate bar that wouldn't be served in ...
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חזקה מעיקרה vs ספק

I am in the middle of מחלוקת with someone as to, if I originally had a חזקה and now there's a ספק to whether that status is still true, whether I maintain that original status or my status changes to ...
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What is the Testament of Hezekiah? I know it exists, but can't locate it

I am currently reading up on of apocryphal and pseudopigagraphical literature, and I see on a list that the Testament of Hezekiah is enumerated as one of them. However, I cannot locate a source or any ...
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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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Rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdosh on the Fifteen of Av

1) Rabbi Glazerson quotes that Rabbi Tzadok HaKohein of Lublin wrote, “The fifteenth of Av is the time for building the Beis HaMikdash since on that date the sin of the spies was.” Where is the ...
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Taking Unclaimed Luggage From an Airport

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 76b says that one is not allowed to return a lost item to a non-Jew. The Gemara speaks very harshly of one who does this. The Rambam (Hilchos Gezeilah 11:3) codifies this ...
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Do I need to wear a different tallit katan when I sleep?

If I wear a tallit katan during the day and also to bed, can I wear the same one during the day and also to bed? Or must the one I wear to bed be a different one than the one I wore during the day? ...
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Is the title: “New” Testament offensive to Jews? Alternative neutral name?

Having lived in Israel during several periods of my life, I know that the words "Old" in the "Old Testament" and "New" in the "New Testament" are offensive to many Jews. From what I understand, it's ...
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Isaiah 53 How does Israel's suffering atone for the sins of the nations?

Isaiah 53:4 Indeed, he bore our illnesses, and our pains-he carried them, yet we accounted him as plagued, smitten by God and oppressed. דאָכֵן חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם וַאֲנַחְנוּ ...
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What rules need to be followed in order for a non-Jewish professional chef to cook Kosher food for a Jewish customer?

I'm a non-Jewish professional chef in a restaurant, and I am marginally aware of kosher dietary restrictions. I know that the food itself, as well as the pots, pans, and other utensils used in ...
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Is Tefillin worn during the Three Weeks of Tammuz?

BS''D The Three Weeks are 3 weeks in Tammuz leading up to Tisha B'Av. During those weeks we add Selichos to our morning and afternoon prayers. My question is this: do we wear tefillin during these ...
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Source for not putting everyone in a kollel

I heard from a friend a while ago that there are scholars who believe that putting people into kollel, or everyone studying torah all day on general, is something new in Judaism, that it stemmed from ...
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YHWH and Elyon separate deities? [duplicate]

In Deuteronomy 32:8-9 states: When Elyon gave to the nations their allotted inheritances, when he divided the sons of Adam, he established the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the ...
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Which sefiros does each seder matzah correspond to according to the Ari?

The Ari says regarding the Pesach seder, (I'm not sure of the exact source though), "Arrange the Plate on the table by taking three matzahs and placing them one on the other: First the Israelite [...
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In the time of the Second Temple, did the high priest still dress in the tent of meeting? [on hold]

Leviticus 16:23-24a says, “Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there. He shall bathe ...

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