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Can you run to perform a non-required mitzvah on Shabbos/Yom Tov?

I have heard from many sources that running is prohibited on Shabbos unless one is running to do a mitzvah, i.e. toward shul for davening. However, could one run--on Shabbos or Yom Tov--to perform a ...
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Nature of the “prohibition” on discarding challah

A few questions here, such as this one, discuss best practices for getting rid of leftover challah. This Shabbos, I heard for the first time that leftover challah should not be thrown away. Is this ...
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interruption by writing in Tefila

For Birkat Hatora, writing is as speaking: it is not allowed to write Divre Tora before Birkat Hatora. If someone ask you a question when you are davening, can you write an answer or is it a ...
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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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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word “Torah”?

According to some online sources, if you take every 50th letter of the first two books of the Torah, you'll end up with a repetition of the word "Torah". And the same applies but backwards for the 4th ...
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Pinchas-style act nowadays

Is there any situation whereby a Pinchas-style execution would be justified nowadays? I am particularly interested in whether a 'zealous act' against a public sexually problematic sin is possible in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are the laws about hair and facial hair and body fluids [on hold]

Got to know that Kabbalah interpretations have importance to men's facial hair. Are there further importance to body fluids, blood, semen etc in Jewish radition? I am ignorant.Pardon me if asked too ...
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Name change after 30 days?

So I recall somewhere (probably in the Gemara) that if a person who is called by a certain name for +30 days, that name gets to be his new (hebrew??) name, is that true? I know the sages always said ...
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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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Tosafos Amud in Sanhedrin?

I heard that there was an Amud in Sanhedrin that's almost entirely a Tosafos. I've heard stories about Gedolim on this Amud and I wanted to see the Amud for myself. What is this Amud?
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Duplicate names of Havilah/Seba/Sheba in Genesis 10 toledoth

In Genesis 2 it is stated that the Pishon river runs through the land of Havilah. Havilah is said to be in central Arabia since an extinct river known as the Wadi al Batin river originates at the ...
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What to do if parent doesn't have Jewish name, or if the child never knew it?

A person is called up for an Aliyah. He gives the name as x son of Ibrahim. Upon questioning, it comes out that the person did not know his father's Hebrew name, or that if there even was one, it ...
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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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The use of Biblical names [duplicate]

When did it start becoming widespread to call people by biblical names? Why are certain of the most famous biblical names apparently not used by the Tannaim or Amoraim? E.g. no one called Avrohom, ...
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Non-Jewish father: son of whom for an aliyah? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a person born of Jewish mother, but not a Jewish father. To further complicate things, the mother was raised secular and at a later point converts to Christianity. To whom should ...
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Why are the Masechtos Ketanos included with Nezikin?

I've noticed that, besides for the several masechtos actually a part of Shas Bavli that don't have Gemara (shameless plug), it's the custom of printers to include Mishnayos Zera'im after Brachos and ...
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Why is Eduyos in the Daf Yomi cycle?

There are several masechtos included in the printed versions of Talmud Bavli that, in fact, don't have any Bavli on them: Yerushalmi Shekalim, Mishnayos Eduyos, Mishnayos Kinnim, Mishnayos Tamid (for ...
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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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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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Ervah in front of mezuzot

Does one need to remain fully covered when there is a mezuzah in view? I am asking based on the principle of koved seforim, according to which, as I understand it, one may not expose ervah to (...
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Emunah and last chapter of Seder Zeraim

The Talmud (in Shabbos 31a on the bottom) associates a word from Yishayahu 33:6 with each order of the Mishnah. There are commentaries there that state explicitly that this association is meant to ...
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Explain the “mechanics” of Bilam's blessings

I am trying to understand the actual "mechanics" of Bilam's blessing B'nai Israel, in view of these verses: Devarim (Deut.) 23:6 says that G-d "converted" Bilam's curses to a blessing. My ...
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How could Zimri be Shelumiel?

After mulling over this question for a bit, I realized that there's a big problem with that Gemara quoted there. Shelumiel is listed back in Bamidbar 1, before the sin of the Meraglim. By the time the ...
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Kohanim in Eastern Europe

Another question on this website deals with the issue of kohanim in Auschwitz. To be "strict", a kohen today could simply avoid going to death camps altogether. Elsewhere, however, is not so easy. Are ...
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Do vows made in the year after a hatarat nedarim require another hatarat nedarim to annul? [duplicate]

Bracketing out, for a moment, the matter of the hatarot nedarim that everyone makes before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the text of the regular hatarat nedarim (annulment of vows) (http://halachipedia....
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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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Can you abandon a personal chumra if it was based on a misunderstanding of the mitzvah?

If you established a neder and/or chazaka to do some mitzvah a certain way (i.e., by doing it that way three times in a row), but this was based on a misunderstanding--such as thinking the chumra was ...
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Rav Moshe Margolis

I'm currently making a Mesorah chart (I know there are some out there, I just wanted to do it myself). I've gotten all the way back to the Vilna Gaon's Rav, Rav Moshe Margolis, but I can't find any ...
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Is it permitted to benefit financially from a meat/milk mixture that is rancid / rotten / otherwise inedible?

One is not permitted to derive benefit from a mixture of meat and milk. I'm curious -- would that prohibition still hold if the meat & milk mixture were inedible? I have no idea how one would ...
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Birkat Kohanim for a Kohen who was very far from Judaism and decided to be a good Jew

Can a Kohen baal Teshuva who was previously not religious and married to a Christian woman perform birkas kohanim? How to deal with the fact that pursuing his truth research he was previously in ...
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Casting out demons

When a Rabbi or someone else cast out a demon, why does it have to leave? Has thesuva anything to do with it? Can a demon be cast out of anyone at any time? Why and does it have to leave?
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Why does moshiach have to be a dark horse [on hold]

Why does moshiach have to be a little known person till it is the right moment in time for him to become moshiach

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