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Are there any Talmudic debates about the nature of socialism?

“The Economist”, 23 Jul 16, p 22 contains the sentence, Neither faction is well aligned with Labour voters in cities like Sunderland and dozens of other towns across the north, who are more ...
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Forbidden business practices in games

Charging interest or surplussage on real loans to a fellow Jew is forbidden but may one do so with in-game play money or with in-game commodities?
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saying hashem's name in shabbos zemiros [duplicate]

Hi I wanted to know if one is supposed to say hashem's name when singing zemiros. Some people say it and some people don't. What is th proper thing to do?
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The word of the LORD

What is Rabbinic understanding of "the word of YHWH," a phrase first encountered in Hebrew Scripture, in Genesis 15:1 where " the word of YHWH came to Abram in a vision?" Rashi does not address it in ...
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Straying off the path of Judaism [on hold]

Straying off the path of Judaism: 1) Does it happen more to elementary kids or high schoolers? 2) Is being uneducated a primary reason for why they stray off the path of Judaism or are their other ...
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Was the sacrifice invalidated because of Eli's sons?

The sons of Eli treated the sacrifice with contempt and took it before it was cooked/burned. This obviously was a sin against G_d but was the sacrifice invalidated to the one offering it? If Joseph ...
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Is this Triangle K item (Vegan jerky) one of the items that is acceptable by other agencies as well?

Is this Triangle K Parve item (Vegan jerky) one of the items that is acceptable by other kashrus agencies as well? The item is called Primal Strips meatless vegan Jerky. it has a triangle K with the ...
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Why is death like release ropes of a boat?

The gemarah in moed katan (28b-29a) records two statements regarding the experience of death either being as difficult as passing a (knotted?) rope through a hole [Rashi explains this refers to ropes ...
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Why did Shimshon ask his parents to help him marry a Philistine woman?

In the 14th perek of Sefer Shoftim the pasuk reads: Translation is via Sefaria וַיַּ֗עַל וַיַּגֵּד֙ לְאָבִ֣יו וּלְאִמּ֔וֹ וַיֹּ֗אמֶר אִשָּׁ֛ה רָאִ֥יתִי בְתִמְנָ֖תָה מִבְּנ֣וֹת פְּלִשְׁתִּ֑ים ...
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Being naked/having exposed parts a home [duplicate]

Is being naked or having exposed private parts at home, alone, an aveirah of some sort? Nobody(expect HaShem, of course) can see you so there is no point of being dressed modestly. Is it a sin for ...
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Why must one recite any scripture while donning Rabbe'inu Tam tephillin?

The Mishnah Berurah (Oraḥ Ḥayim 25:4, s.q. 14) clarifies that the reason one must be careful while reciting Shema' Yisra'el (and the 'Amidah) to also don tephillin is so as not to appear as a false ...
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Can I add והבאת שלום בין משפחה למשפחה to אלו דברים in the morning?

Rashi says about the altar that we can't wave a sword over it in משפטים, the maftir. Can I add his opinion (above included also) to the list of אלו דברים שאדם אוכל פירותיהם בעולם הזה in Shacharit? ...
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Differences between Litvish and Chassidish Yiddish [on hold]

BS''D Sholoym-Aleykhem! I have learned quite a lot of Yiddish, but there's just one thing that needs to be hammered out for me in regards to the Yiddish language. I learned something close to YIVO ...
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Head tefillin - how serious is it when the divisions between the individual scrolls are split?

Gemoro Menachos 35a R. Huna said, As long as the surface of the sides(19) of the tefillin is whole they are valid. R. Hisda said, If two [sides](20) were split they are still valid; but if ...
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Seforim Hakedoshim on the Third Beis HaMikdosh

Rav Tzvi Meyer Zilberberg quoted from Seforim Hakedoshim, the following: "As soon as the Second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, Hashem began preparing the final Geulah and the Third Beis HaMikdash." ...
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Sarah is Abraham's sister?

Genesis 20:12 has Abraham honestly saying that Sarah is indeed his sister when he is talking with Abimelek. Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and ...
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Before the sin, would it have been possible to be murdered?

We know that before the chet (sin) of the eating of the forbidden fruit, mankind would not physically expire and die. (Death was the punishment given for the sin - B'reishis 3:19, Shabbos 55, Ramban 2:...
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Making a Berachah on minhag prohibited foods

Related: Making a Berachah on rabbinically prohibited foods, Bentching after accidentally eating prohibited foods Can you say a bracha on something that you don't eat because of minhag? This is ...
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Source for tzniut? [duplicate]

In Haredi circles, the need for women and girls to cover their elbows, knees, collarbones, etc, is stressed. My question is: What is the source for this? Where does it speak about this in the Gemara?
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Help finding a Noam Elimelech

I recently finished Meseches Makkos and went through the Agadetahs (Summed up very quickly) of when Raban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar Ben Azaria, Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Akiva were together and Rabbi Akiva ...
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Proverbs 8:22-31. Woman Wisdom personified or actual being?

In Proverbs 8:22-31, a figure known as "Woman Wisdom" is described as being present when G-d was creating the world. Obviously, "Woman Wisdom" serves as a great personification to teach about the ...
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Commands/Laws followed by Avraham

Genesis 26:5 states: Because that Avraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. What were these laws and command that Avraham was observing? A Christian ...
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I'm Ashkenaz and wear Chabad tefillin [on hold]

When I became a bar mitzvah my family was not observant and did the bar mitzvah through our local Chabad rabbi who had me buy tefillin. I didn't realize that there were different types of tefillin for ...
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“Man is created only to have pleasure from Hashem etc.” - How does the Mesilas Yeshorim know this?

The Mesilas Yeshorim says in Perek 2, והנה מה שהורונו חכמינו זכרונם לברכה הוא, שהאדם לא נברא אלא להתענג על ה' ולהנות מזיו שכינתו And this is what our Rabbis of blessed memory have ...
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Sources that teach that animal sacrifices will not be required in the times of Moshiach?

I remember being told that there are opinions that in the times of Moshiach, animal sacrifices will no longer be required. Where are the sources for this opinion?
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Davening to change nature

Im mashcehes Brachos (Bavli) 60 the gemara states that one should not pray that their unborn baby be a boy if its after the time the baby has formed already in the womb. However,in Masheches Brachos ...
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Restaurant serving meat during the 9 Days

Can a kosher restaurant serve meat during the 9 days? Asked another way, can I go to a "kosher" restaurant that does serve meat during the 9 days, and simply not eat meat?
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Amount of words to speak during one's lifetime [duplicate]

I read somewhere that, "Every person is granted a certain amount of words to speak during his lifetime, except for that which pertains to Torah and mitzvos. Thus, every person can add some years to ...
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Question about music and the three weeks [duplicate]

As we all know, during the three weeks from the 17th of Tammuz to Tisha B'av, we are not allowed to listen to music. But what consists of music? I know, people singing,playing violin, but do the beats ...
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Were there non-Jewish prophets? If yes, who were they and what were their purpose?

Do Jewish scriptures mention any non-Jewish prophet? If yes, what kind of message did those Prophet's preach(was it identical with Judaism for example?) and what were their purpose in general?
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Throwing dust on head = common mourning ritual?

In Job 2:12, when Job's friends first see Job at a distance, they "did not recognize him, and they raised their voices, and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads....
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

I came into Judaism in college. I come from a Jewish family (my mother's side) but I was raised in a secular household after my mother married out of the religion. She was raised in a Jewish household ...
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Lighting Shabbat candles after shekiya

It is well known that people lighto shabbas candles before(many are careful to light 18-20 minutes before) shikya and no later. However, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 75:1 holds one has until 30 minutes ...
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Order of Shema Koleinu in selichot

In different Artscroll siddurim, I count no less than 3 different orderings of Shema Koleinu. The first version is the one I'm most familiar with, so I'll mark changes in the other two with reference ...
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How to dispose of properly old Haggadot?

I've inherited some old Maxwell House haggadot, from the 1980s. They're in perfect condition, but we simply prefer more modern styled ones now. What would be a proper and respectful way of getting ...
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Medicines on fast days which need to be taken with food

I had seen on this Halachipedia page in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that one may drink a minimal amount of water, as needed, in order to swallow pills. However, R' Belsky, as quoted in this ...
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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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To interrupt Tefila by writing

For Birkat Hatora, writing is as speaking (SA OC 47,3): 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 ...
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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 mechuyav 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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