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The serpent of Gan Eden

Does the Torah mean that there really was a "talking snake," or was it just a symbol of the Yetzer Hara (Satan/adversary)?
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G-d can help and cast down

In Divrei HaYamim (II 25:8) it says, "... for G-d has the power to help and to cast down." Why is Divrei HaYamim telling us something so obvious?
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Why is a woman tamei 7 days for a son but 14 for a daughter? [duplicate]

Vayikra 12 says that after giving birth a woman is tamei for 7 days for a son (12:2) and 14 days for a daughter (12:5). I am aware of the g'mara on Niddah 31b that says that everybody rejoices for a ...
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Is laryngitis the current form of tzara'at?

Many commentaries state that tzara'at was a punishment for speaking lashon hara. The idea of the punishment is that by isolating the person from the community, others could not hear him speak lashon ...
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Author of Sefer Shulchan Shlomo

The Mishnah Berurah sometimes quotes a sefer Shulchan Shlomo (e.g. 489:3 that women should not count sefiras haomer with a beracha since they will inevitably forget a day). Does anyone know who the ...
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Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?

Why must a יולדת bring a sin offering? What does she need כפרה for? As it says in Vayikra 12:6-7: וּבִמְלֹאת יְמֵי טָהֳרָהּ לְבֵן אוֹ לְבַת תָּבִיא כֶּבֶשׂ בֶּן שְׁנָתוֹ לְעֹלָה וּבֶן יוֹנָה אוֹ ...
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Hell and sheoul

I have a friend that has been told hell does not exist because of the definition of the Hebrew word "sheoul". Could someone please direct, explain and show me where in the scriptures it shows that ...
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How does a c'zayit of a body practically get inside the hive when it fills the house (Ohalot 9:9)?

Ohalot 9:9 is part of a perek dealing with a caveret (כורת, a beehive-shape thing) with a piece of a dead body (which is tamei) in various positions, and whether the surrounding house is tamei or ...
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profit vs loss - preventing one from making profit equals gezel? [duplicate]

so I visited webpage with AdBlock ON, and this is what appeared on my screen So I am asking, not making a profit equals gezel?
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Ratio between gentile vs jewish persons for jews to consider

I am interested to know, according to written law, if there is something like a ratio or relativization to consider between people of the tribe and gentiles that a Jew is bound to. Is there's such a ...
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What is the halachic source for Achdut Yisrael?

The concept of Achdut Yisrael is often addressed from a spiritual and emuna perspective - for example the 4 minim being symbolic of achdut yisrael. In this respect I ask 3 separate yet related ...
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Channukah and Bal Tosif

There are questions on the site which deal with saying Hallel on Channukah but my question seeks a more fundamental insight: The Ramban writes on Devarim 4:2 that a violation of Bal Tosif is creating ...
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Why not two days of Rosh Hodesh, as we have two days of yontif?

The reason for two days of yontif (outside Israel) is based on uncertainty about the date due to distance from Jerusalem and time needed to travel to convey the news of when the month started. The ...
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Simchas Torah dancing prior to finishing the Torah

To the best of my knowledge, the Minhag by all on Simchas Torah is to first have Hakafos, and then complete the Torah. By a Siyum the general rule is to first complete the Siyum and then to start ...
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What are the clear Signs does god sent to People of Israel? [on hold]

I would like to know the list of miracles(signs) that god had send to Moses. here is a few i know: Before Exodus: Rod changed into a serpent Plagues of Egypt Splitting of the sea ... After ...
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Transgender erva

Men's Health magazine has been in the news lately because of a contest in which people can vote on who will be on the magazine's cover. Currently leading in the voting is a transgender person who was ...
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Where does the funeral tradition of burial within 24 hours originate?

Where does the funeral tradition of burial within 24 hours originate? A Google search result pointed me towards this passage from the Torah as being the reason: Deuteronomy 21:22-23 And if a man ...
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Why do women wear ponytail elastics on Shabas?

So I was studying the start of Bame Isha in the Bavli (Shabas 57), and it seems a woman can't wear a tight strap or string in her hair outside (of an eruv) on Shabas (lest she remove it out of doors ...
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The End of Prophecy amongst the Nations

There is a medrash that after the story with Bilaam attempting to curse the Jewish people and instigating the incident with the Midianites and Baal Peor, Moshe prayed that there never again be ...
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Celebrate 5 Iyar; not “Yom HaAtzmaut”?

Do any religious-zionist figures (or anyone else for that matter) advocate the commemoration of 5 Iyar but reject the adoption by the religious community of the name "Yom HaAtzma'ut" - "Independence ...
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5 Iyar vs. 10 Adar

In Jewish tradition, we generally commemorate the ends of wars rather than their beginnings (e.g./i.e. Chanuka, Purim). The commemoration of the rebirth of Israel as the Jewish homeland in the past ...
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Program like webchaver that are free of charge [on hold]

Webchaver costs 5 dollars a month. Does anyone know of any other programs like Webchaver, that are free of charge?
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How does Rash"i (among others) know the correct translation of the date in Samuel I 20:27?

I Samuel 20:27 says: וַיְהִ֗י מִֽמָּחֳרַ֤ת הַחֹ֙דֶשׁ֙ הַשֵּׁנִ֔י וַיִּפָּקֵ֖ד מְק֣וֹם דָּוִ֑ד (ס) וַיֹּ֤אמֶר שָׁאוּל֙ אֶל־יְהוֹנָתָ֣ן בְּנ֔וֹ מַדּ֜וּעַ לֹא־בָ֧א בֶן־יִשַׁ֛י גַּם־תְּמ֥וֹל ...
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R. Moses al-Ashkar's Response to Sefer ha-Emunot

Where can I find the Maharam al-Ashkar's response to Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov's Sefer ha-Emunot (Hassagot Al Mah She-Katab R. Shem-Tov Neged ha-RaMbaM)?
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Writings of R. Samuel Bonastruc

Where could I find writings of R. Samuel Bonastruc (a.k.a. Astruc) of Daroca? I see him referenced here.
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Understanding categories of halacha and mitzvot

Halacha and mitzvot have many sources and I could use some help breaking this down. At a high level we have biblical commandments and rabbinic commandments. We have 613 biblical mitzvot, there are ...
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What's the difference between נכסי צאן ברזל and נכסי מלוג?

What's the difference between נכסי צאן ברזל and נכסי מלוג? Is there more than one difference. When asking a prior question for what the Hebrew term for "living trust" was i got those two as a response ...
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Living Trust in Hebrew

For the purpose of a kethubah the groom is writing that the living trust that is in the bride's name shall remain her property. But i don't know how to render "living trust" in Hebrew. Does anyone ...
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1answer
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Is there a method for evaluating authenticity of revelation to other nations?

Are we provided with a method, measure or test for the validity or authenticity of prophecy or revelation given to other nations, speaking more specifically about revelations given to non-Jewish ...
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Audio or video lectures of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt"l

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt"l, wrote many interesting articles and books in his life. However, does anyone know if there are an audio of video lectures of him?
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Is the war of Gog and Magog a spiritual war?

I read somewhere that, "That the war of Gog and Magog will be an internal, spiritual war, when everyone will have to battle to remain strong with his emunah, but it will not be a war fought with guns ...
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Chol HaMo'ed and wearing dignified clothing

It says in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (104:2), "One who disgraces Chol Hamo'ed, even though he has to his credit Torah and good deeds, has no share in the World to Come." Disgracing Chol Hamoed implies ...
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Why does the order of temple services in our prayers follow the non-hallachic opinion?

Something that has bothered me for a long time, and I have not found a good explanation for, is why we recite the order of service in the temple following Abbaye in the name of Abba Shaul, despite the ...
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What is the difference between the Sphirot and the Trinity? [duplicate]

In yeshiva, I learned that the ten Sphirot are a part of the essence of G-d, and that some of the Mekubalim direct different part of Shmone Esre to different Sphirot. They (the Mekubalim) also believe ...
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Answering to zimmun twice

In a Suda shlishit of 30 people, one person had to leave and 9 answered to his Zimmun "Nevarech elokeinu...". What should these 9 people answer to the general Zimmun later on?
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Which insects are not kosher?

In Vayikra (11:23) it says: But all winged swarming things, which have four feet, are a detestable thing unto you. On which Rashi (quoting Toras Cohanim) says: Go and learn if there was 5 its pure ...
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Is there a problem of image projection on Shabbat?

There are night lights which don't just emit light but project an entire image (example). If such a device is plugged in before Shabbat, would there be a problem of closing window shades or doing ...
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Early Sources that Charity Should Optimally Support Torah

What are the earliest sources that state that charity ought to optimally be used to support Torah study. I.e. if one can choose various charitable causes to support, that s/he should choose to donate ...
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can a person take music lessons during sefirah?

Someone who is learning a music instrument for pleasure alone, is it allowed to take music lessons during the period if sefirat haomer?
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“אמורא אמורים” “אַמורא דעות-רע ” in yiddish [on hold]

What does mean "אמורא אמורים" and "אַמורא דעות-רע " in a yiddish text? I have tried: http://www.cs.uky.edu/~raphael/yiddish/dictionary.cgi but can`t find any answer, only for : אמורא .
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What is the meaning of Que [on hold]

I came across this in a story. The person referred to himself as Que. What does this mean? I have tried everything I can think of.
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Minyan, netz hachomah, and precision in time

There are halachic sources that discuss the importance of davening shemona esrei at netz (at sunrise), some of which state that it is preferable to daven at netz over davening with a minyan (at least ...
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Acronym of Iyar

I read the following on page 141, in The Wisdom In The Hebrew Months: The first letters of the last three words of this verse, אני י-ה-ו-ה רפאך, I am Hashem, your Healer, are an acronym for Iyar. Is ...
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1answer
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Commentary to Sefer Yetzirah of R. Yehuda Ben Barlizai

Where can I find the commentary of R. Yehuda Ben Barzilai to the Sefer Yetzira? I am particularly looking for the 1858 Berlin ed.
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Responsum of Maimonides Regarding Translating Mishne Torah

I am looking for Rambam's responsum regarding translating the MT. If I recall, he responds to a request from an Arabic speaker who was able to learn Peirush Hamishnayos, but unable to learn MT. Rambam ...
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Is there any website available so that i can compare lot of translations on Tanach? [duplicate]

I would like to know a good website so that i can compare different translations (English) of the Tanach per line/paragraph. What I'm looking for is a website similar to http://quran.com, where you ...
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Are there any responsa that encourage or require maintaining health insurance?

Are there any responsa in the literature that either encourage or require people to maintain health insurance, perhaps as a fulfillment of the obligation to guard one's health, or in line with any ...
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Can you receive Ayin Hara from a gentile?

There's a concept in Judaism called Ayin Hara (The Evil Eye) - when others see your accomplishments and speak about them you put yourself in danger of receiving divine punishment or strict judgement. ...
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What were the Rambam's sources?

In the introduction to the Mishneh Torah, the Rambam indicates that his compilation of the entire Oral Torah is derived from a few key Jewish texts: ואין צריך לומר הגמרא עצמה הבבלית והירושלמית ...
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Can one Shave the hair on his neck during Sefira?

During sfira (and the 3 weeks), I find that my neck gets extremely uncomfortable and itchy from not shaving (and not very presentable). Is it permissible to "clean up" or even out my beard by shaving ...

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