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How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?

This question is prompted by a specific case, but I'm asking a general question. This question is not, specifically, about the Aramean. The specific case, for illustration: I've seen two different ...
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Onkelos Commentary

Rashi on the talmud (kidushin 49a) says the aramaic translation/commentary on the torah was given at sinai, forgotten and brought back by Onkelos. Where did Onkelos obtain the correct text?
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Do the Rishonim that hold G-d can have physical form (e.g Rav Moshe Taku, etc.) also hold he can incarnate?

Among the various Rishonim that hold that G-d can take physical form (e.g Rav Moshe Taku, etc.), do they also hold he can "incarnate" into physical form (i.e come down to Earth and be born to a woman ...
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Is there an organisation behind the Mishna Yomis cycle?

There is a fairy popular seder to finish shisa sedrei mishna every 5.8 years, by doing two mishnayos every day. I know that there is one pretty musch standardized cycle as every calendar that I've ...
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Seeking a demographic “pamphlet” of Israeli neighborhoods

Someone I know is considering aliyah. He is a young religious single who is looking for a young, religious, but not Hareidi community in one of the "larger" cities that has a sizable "American" ...
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Good Tehillim for children

Is there a good tehillim for children? I am imagining a translation, some basic commentary, and pictures. (It should also include the entire Tehillim which the artscroll childrens tehillim does not.)
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How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question, but in all seriousness, many Jews lost their lives in the aftermath of the worship of the Golden Calf (Shemos 32:27-28). While I understand only 40 ...
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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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My Orthodox Jewish co-worker invited me to his wedding. Anything I should know about?

My Orthodox Jewish co-worker invited me to his wedding, but I've never been to a Jewish wedding before. Is there anything I should be aware about if I plan to attend?
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Who picks a yeshiva for a son or daughter, the mother or the father

Which of the parents has a halachic obligation to pick the religious institution a son or daughter goes to - the father or mother of the child?
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What is the significance of 7-month births?

I have noticed that there are a number of significant figures in Jewish history who were born at 7 months. To name a few: Yitzchok Avinu (Rosh Hashana 11a) Reuvein, Shimon, and Levi (Rabbeinu ...
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Looking to purchase a single-volume Mishna

I would really like to buy a copy of the Mishna that I can carry around with me. It absolutely needs to be in print (sorry, I'm not interested in digital versions) and it needs to be in a single ...
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Why some biblical holidays don't occur on certain days of the week?

I looked on the Hebcal website to see when the Erev Pesach will occur in the future (and also looked at the past), but found out that it's never a thursdag or sunday, did the Erev Pesach ever was or ...
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In Israel, what is the difference between l'mehadrin and badatz

In Israel, what is the difference between l'mehadrin and badatz? Also, is there a regular kosher that is different from these two? Do they differ with respect to kashrut standards (e.g., require pas ...
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No Hallel in the seder?

I used a reprint of an old haggada this year (I think it was this one) on the second night. Through the meal everything was as I expected, other than a few differences because the haggada is Egyptian ...
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Shabbat, Shabbatot, Shabbaton?

Are there any halachic implications from the Torah's choice of the terms Shabbat, Shabbatot and Shabbaton? And to what are they referring? And what does the Torah mean when it calls the Shabbat a ...
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What exactly is a Mo'ed (Moadim)?

Trying to define what exactly is a Mo'ed i found out that the root of the word has the meaning of 'appointing' and 'meeting'. On the other hand there seem to be some words related to the word mo'ed ...
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Hamster Food and Chometz

I have hamsters at home, and their usual food is chometz. I can feed them with cornflakes and other kitniyot for a short period (about a week, maybe more), but not for a long time. Hamsters store food ...
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vowels for Mishna

The phrase "Lo Ki" occurs in Tanach and in Mishna. Genesis 18, 15. וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ׀ לֹ֖א כִּ֥י צָחָֽקְתְּ׃‏ Trumot 2, 5: רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, לֹא כִי, אֶלָּא חֲצִי בָצָל גָּדוֹל ‏ shekalim 1, ...
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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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What is Chassidut meantioned by the Misilat Yeshorim?

The Misilat Yeshorim writes: There are many who deal with Halachic discussions, others with Midrash and others with legal decisions. There are few, however, who devote thought to true ...
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Covenant between the pieces: dividing and keeping it whole

In the covenant between te pieces (ברית בין הבתרים) all the animals had to be cut into two parts, but the two birds (dove תר and pigeon גוזל) are refered to as literally one bird (ואת הצפר לא בתר) ...
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counting omer for shavuot

God commanded: "And you shall count for yourself from the morrow of the Shabbat... seven complete weeks... seven weeks you shall count... 50 days (Vayikra 23:15,16)." 1) If it says 'for yourself', ...
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Why didn't Rochel just destroy the idols?

Instead of stealing Lavan's idols (Bereshis 31:19), why didn't she merely destroy them?
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Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?

There is a famous dictum: 'lo ba'shomayim he', meaning that after the torah was given at Sinai its rules, mandates and precepts are determined by man and not dictated by heaven. An example is when ...
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Can you explain these Halachic terms please?

I'm new to this, can you please very briefly explain what these terms mean: Shinu, Makkeh Befatish, Deshas Dehach, Shvut D'Shvut, Thanks in advance
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Proper way for a man to urinate while standing

Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh, citing the Talmud Bavli (Niddah 13B), states that a man must avoid holding his member when urinating (Oraḥ Ḥayim 3:14). That is, holding me'atarah u'lema'alah is forbidden ...
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Is this really in the Talmud?

I've seen this before on anti-semetic sites - is it really in the Talmud? Extracts from the Jewish text the Talmud "Just the Jews are humans, the non-Jews are no humans, but cattle" ...
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Translation of shem Adnus

I have noticed that ArtScroll usually translates the shem of Adnus (Adonoy) as My Lord. Other translations of the Tenakh and Siddur use "Lord" or "O Lord." There are some pesukim that cannot be ...
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Why is Aaron's account of the Golden Calf incident different from the narrative account?

Before Moses asks Aaron what he did, the narrative account of the Golden Calf's creation is that Aaron asked for gold, recieved the gold, "and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it a molten ...
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Between Shemini Atzeres and the Shemoneh Esrei 9th blessing's prayer for rain

In the Shemoneh Esrei, the line "who makes the wind blow and the rain descend" is added to the Second Blessing from Shemini Atzeres. The request to "give dew and rain for a blessing" is not added to ...
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Hebrew language---pronunciation of the qamets again [on hold]

It's about the name Noomi, that is to say Ruth's mother-in-law's name. What I did learn is that this pronunciation must be /no'omí:/, but I don't understand why anymore. The Hebrew script of this ...
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Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?

As both Abrahamic religions, Islam and Judaism have the same God and share a common law then how do Rabbis see the marriage of a Jewish woman marrying a Muslim man and vice versa? Also how is it like ...
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How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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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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Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?

The prevalent מנהג is that women do not get drunk on Purim. I assume this due to tznius (modesty) concerns. Is there any ancient or recent source that explicitly discusses women not/yes drinking on ...
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Bemidbar 9:2 - Why is the word pronounced “Posach”, with a kamatz?

During this morning's (4th day Hol Hamo'ed Pesach outside Israel) I noticed that in Numbers 9:2: וְיַעֲשׂ֧וּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל אֶת־הַפָּ֖סַח בְּמוֹעֲדֽוֹ׃ ’Let the children of Israel keep the ...
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Why do Chabad wedding invitations show the wrong time?

It has recently come to my attention that Chabad wedding invitations in the US are often bilingual Hebrew/English and the time given for the wedding on the Hebrew side is wrong (perhaps a copy of the ...
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In Israel, can one eat Chametz brought in by a Gentile this Shabbat? [duplicate]

This Shabbat, in Israel, will follow after the end of Pesach. Since it is not Pesach, Israelis are allowed to eat chametz. However, since their own chametz has not been bought back, they cannot eat ...
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how to attain Humility

in the beginning of the Ramban's letter to His son, He talks about the importance of not getting angry and and that this will lead to Humility. He says that a person should "speak gently to all ...
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72 Names of God pendants

Is there a problem wearing 72 Names of God pendants? Or unlike the sacred Name of God from the Torah it is allowed? The sacred name in the Torah is YHVH (in Hebrew letters Yud Hey Vav Hey) and as far ...
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Where does the idea that 7 is the number of completeness come from?

I've heard often that the number 7, when seen in scripture, mean completeness or fullness in some way. I'm aware that the number 7 exists many times in scripture, but nowhere does it state or ...
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Why is corn a forbidden kitniyot?

Was reading halakhic discourse given here that said the following: In later generations, the Ashkenazi Poskim discuss whether other foods, such as coffee beans, peanuts and quinoa, would also be ...
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Which rabbis (among hazal) read texts of Torah she Ba'al Peh?

Which rabbis (among hazal) do we hear about reading aggadata/targum/any other form of 'torah she ba'al peh'? What's the earliest example? When is reading (as opposed to hearing) aggadata first ...
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May women say prayers aloud in the presence of men?

Is there a tznius (or any other) issue with women saying blessings and/or prayers aloud in the presence of unrelated men? I remember hearing that certain inyonim (perhaps kol isha?) do not apply if ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

A woman should not sing along to a song in the presence of unrelated Jewish men. But can she mouth the words? I never see frum women doing this, presumably because of marat ayin. As far as the issue ...
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Miracles through natural means

I've heard it said that both Ramban and Rambam believed that Hashem causes miracles to occur through natural means, but I've never seen this. What exactly do they (and other significant Rabbonim) say ...
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Why eat gebrochts on the 8th day?

Apparently, among those who don't eat gebrochts during Pesach, the custom is to specifically eat it on the 8th day. From ...
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How much wine should women drink at the Pesach seder?

In light of the concerns discussed here, how much of the Four Cups are women required/advised to drink at the Passover seder? At my last seder, I was told that women only need to have "a little" (a ...

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