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What's so strange about Ger Chassidim?

"Ger" means "stranger". I met many Ger Chassidim. I don't find them strange at all. OK, they wear spodeks instead of shtreimlach. So what? That doesn't make them "strange". I sometimes wear a ...
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Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?

Is he considered either a king or a great non-Jewish scholar?
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Are there reliable Rav Hamchshir for certified pre-owned Hondas?

In my neighborhood, many of my frum neighbors drive Honda Odysseys. They are a popular minivan esp. for families with lots of kids. I asked someone about her car and what it costs. She said that she ...
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The principle of makom as it pertains to bentching

Gemara brachos records the dispute regarding one who forgets to make birkat hamazon. One shittah says you should return to the location he ate before making the bracha. How specifically does this ...
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Has anyone invented pants so that tzizit don't get caught in the zipper?

I am tired of arbah kanfos-tration! I read somewhere that someone has invented tzitzit that don't get stuck in the pants zipper. I asked someone about it and he warned me that the material can be ...
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Why do we fast on “Chinese” Esther?

The other day, someone in shul asked me if I'm fasting for "Chinese" Esther? I've heard of Ta'anis Esther. But what is "Chinese" Esther??? I tried to look this up in the mefarshim, but I don't see ...
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Can you attend Purim dressed like Hitler?

My question concerns an halakic issue about dressing up during Purim. Would someone allowed to dress up like Hitler during Purim, provided that this infamous man was the modern version of Haman? I ...
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Sacks Minhag Anglia Machzorim

If you look in the Koren catalogue or Amazon.co.uk, you will notice that there is a British edition of the Koren Sacks machzorim. I have been wondering about these editions, in my pursuit of whether ...
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Can somebody get me mishloach manos [on hold]

Can somebody get me mishloach manos on purim, no body is going to get me mishloach manos on purim and I really want to do the mitzvah of giving two food gifts to somebody on purim.
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Adam masculine and feminine?

I've gotten the advice to ask this question apart from another question i asked (Elohim plural singular): so here it is Bereshit 5:1 reads according to my own words: 'In/On the day that Elohim ...
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when did the custom start to fast tannis esther on 13th addar

This question is not a duplicate of Tannis Esther reason because it is not a question of the reason just about the time. In megilat taanit it is mentioned that people should not fast on the day ...
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If you are not sure if someone is Jewish (and cannot ask them), do you behave as if they are a Jew or non-Jew? [on hold]

Is there a "default" attitude in the absence of any clear indication that someone is Jewish? Should people be considered non-Jewish until they confirm, verbally, that they are Jewish?
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Origin of משלוח מנות

In which part of the Persian Kingdom did the concept of משלוח מנות originate? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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Being Mekayem a zecher

According to the gemara (Megilla 29b, S"A O"C 685) there is a mitzvah to read the special reading of Parshat Zachor on a particular Shabbat (before Purim). This mitzvah is listed as one of the 613. I ...
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Mezuza required on balcony door?

Does a door to a balcony on second or third floor require a Mezuzah? (The balcony has no stairs connecting to the ground.) Update 03/01/2015: What I meant to ask was: Does a balcony door to a home ...
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Why is raising taxes in the the last, 3 verse chapter of Megilat Esther?

Why does the 3 verse conclusion/summary in Ch 10 of Megilat Esther tell of the King raising taxes?
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What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?

The English Wikipedia says that Heliocentrism was "official" in Judaism only by the 20th century: In later periods there were no explicit attacks on heliocentrism, although some Rabbis were not ...
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Winged sun symbol on Hezekiah coins

The winged sun is an ancient symbol that originated in Egypt and Assyria. Why is it then that coins from Hezekiah have this symbol from gentile nations? Also Malachi 3:20 shows the adoption of this ...
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Was it lawful for David to partake of the showbread?

In Shmuel I, chapter 21, David requests provisions for his men from the priest Ahimelech, who agrees to give him the showbread on the condition that his men have kept themselves from women. Was this ...
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What should i do with food stuck in my mouth after bentching?

It happens to everyone sometimes. You'll be eating a sandwich (for example), bentch, and then find some food stuck in your mouth. What should be done with this food? Is it permissible to swallow it? ...
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Ages in Genesis 5 [duplicate]

Are the life spans in Genesis 5 meant to be taken literally? Wasn't the life span of ancient people drastically shorter back then? I have read that the numbers are spiritual numbers that are used to ...
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Why isn't the deceased mentioned in the mourner's kaddish?

The kaddish mentions the Almighty but I would have thought it would have also mentioned the departed. What is the reason for this?
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Is the name Avner ben Ner “backwards”?

Avner means "the father of Ner", but Avner's actual father was named just "Ner"! Shouldn't Avner's father have been called "Avner", and the son have been called "Ner"? This question is Purim Torah ...
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Is the name “Dov Bear” redundant? [on hold]

I know several people whose first and second name are "Dov Bear". ""Dov" means "bear" and well, "bear" is a bear! So the person's name is "Bear Bear". Huh??? What's the deal with that? That's like ...
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Who is the fourth father?

We all know, from when we were little children, that the Jewish people had four mothers and four fathers. The mothers will, of course, be Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel, and Leah. However, in the fathers ...
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Is there a problem of Kol Isha when Rina is singing in the tents of the righteous?

Psalms 118:15: ק֤וֹל ׀ רִנָּ֬ה וִֽישׁוּעָ֗ה בְּאָהֳלֵ֥י צַדִּיקִ֑ים The voices of Rina and Yeshu'ah are in the tents of the righteous I can't see a problem with Yeshu'ah ( I know some boys named ...
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What is the hetter to wear earmuffs?

Looking at all forms of traditionally Jewish hats, from hamburgs to streimuls to fedoras to beibers, and even the kangol cap, it is quite obvious our fathers and our fathers fathers did not want to ...
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If not now, when?

Gee, am I surprised that AFAIK, no one on M.Y. has ever asked for the answer to this question. In Pirkei Avot 1:14, Hillel says, "If not now, when?" O.K. I'm going to do a test .. I'm giving Hillel ...
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Why did it take 2 days in the city of Shushan?

The reason Purim is celebrated for two days in a "walled city" is that the Megilat Esther says the Jews of the city of Shushan (the capital) needed/took an extra day to fight for their survival. My ...
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Two days, one day, and zero days of Purim?

It is possible to celebrate two days of Purim as follows: Celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar, as it typical, and then travel to a "walled city" where Purim is celebrated on the 15th of Adar, and ...
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Elohim plural singular

Reading many questions relating to mine and the comments that were given, made me wonder. When Elohim thought of creating the human being (Bereshit 1:26) He spoke (singular): “Let Us make… and after ...
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Knowledge of 12 tribes [duplicate]

Please Let me restate my questions, does anyone know what Old Testament tribe they have descended from today? I had asked before but I was to gauge about the real question?
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Are the historical Jewish tribes still known today?

I have always wondered if my Jewish friends know what tribe they descend from. If so, do they have any celebrations for their tribe? Are all Rabbis descended from the tribe of Levi?
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Infinite Wisdom of the Torah [on hold]

According to the idea that the torah is of infinite wisdom, can someone provide an example of a mind boggling expounding of the torah which demonstrates evidence of this bottomless depth. please also ...
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Bracha on nonkosher wine?

In the event that you are in shabbat and there is no kosher wine available - Can you use non kosher wine and make the hagafen bracha on this?
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Etz chaim question: Circular vs. linear sefirot

The Arizal explains in Etz Chaim, Palace of Adam Kadmon, how the sefirot have both linear and circular aspects. He also connects this to the soul levels, the nefashot being the circular aspects and ...
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is there an allowability to gamble/bet

I heard from a Rav that you are allowed to gamble/bet if it is not for your livelihood. How accurate is this? I heard the reason why you would not be allowed to is because it can be theft. Please ...
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What profit can you get from having a dummy?

Tehillim 30:10 מַה-בֶּצַע בְּדָמִי What profit is there in a dummy? I don't know ... perhaps this is a dum question? Is there any profit in having a dummy? Dum-de-dum-dum... This question is ...
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Rav Tzadok Hakohein of Lublin on Esther

In what Sefer does Rav Tzadok write on the megilla? Is it in the Pri Tzadik?
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Why are mincha gedola and ketana named that?

What is big about the earlier mincha time and what is small about the later mincha time? Also, why does the term plag mincha make sense? It would seem to be a term that refers to the point midway ...
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Contemporary approaches to kashrut of dates

What are contemporary approaches regarding dealing with bug infestation of dates? Do Kashrut agencies (e.g. the Orthodox Union) regularly inspect crops to determine infestation levels? And if so, what ...
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Is it permissible to marry a non-religious Jewish women?

Is it permissible to marry a non-religious Jewish women? How it is possible or how is it not-possible?
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Why some Jewish tend to look more blonde then the others? [on hold]

Why some Jewish tend to look more Blonde then the others? Also, why does Chinese Jew doesn't look Chinese?
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The proper Jewish response to ISIS smashing “idols” [duplicate]

I saw a video going around facebook of members of ISIS smashing ancient statues in a museum. It was essentially a needless act of destruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSmhC4rpho4 However, it ...
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Was Mordechai tall or fat from walking too much? [duplicate]

Esther 9:4 says האיש מרדכי הולד וגדול The man Mordechai was walking and "big" Which way was he "big" - height or width? And, why would walking too much make him this way? This question is Purim ...
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Love Shalom and Kill Shalom?

The mishna says in pirkei avos: הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן, אוהב שלום ורודף שלום How is this possible in practice? The minute someone sees you being rodef shalom they'll either injury you or kill you! ...
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Why couldn't the idols smell their hands or touch their feet?

In Hallel, Tehillim 115:7-8 it says: אף להם ולא יריחון ידיהם ולא ימישון רגליהם David is discussing the nations that built idols. These people believed that these idols were like human / gods. So, I ...
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Perl Programming in the Torah

According to Rav xkcd (an oft quoted authority in Bam), the universe was written in perl. Since the Torah is the blueprint of creation, it follows that it must contain a Perl Programming manual. Where ...
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How long is G-d's nose? [on hold]

One of the 13 attributes of G-d is that he is ארך אפים - one with a long nose. How long is HIS nose? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim ...
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Is there a listing that publishes the important deaf person for each day?

Even though he may be deaf, my son still "hears" about something called the "Deaf Yomi" - the daily deaf. He assumes that this is some article or feature that highlights a deaf person or something to ...

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