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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

It seems that the more religious one is, the less likely one is to commemorate(?) the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah. To what extent is this true? Which groups do and do not observe Yom HaShoah as their ...
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If someone is halachically dead and then resuscitated, does his wife need a get to be divorced (is she already a widow)?

If someone is considered halichically dead (apparently this is somewhat of a dispute), and then he is "brought back" through modern day medical techniques, does his wife need a get to be divorced, or ...
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Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage liscense?

Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage license?
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What is the point in the mnemonic פמג“ש ממקגט”י ככסע"ז?

In Bava Metzia 21b, there is a mnemonic given which I find quite odd - פמג"ש ממקגט"י ככסע"ז . See http://www.sefaria.org/Bava_Metzia.21b.18?lang=he&layout=block&sidebarLang=all The way I ...
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What are Judaism's views on whether the prophet Yehoshua the Nazarene was Messiah? [duplicate]

I know that some Rabbis teach that he was Messiah, such as Simcha Pearlmutter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQyKV3SmMCc) and others. But what are other views that exist? I am a Muslim and reject ...
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Counting Sefirah in a made up language

Can one fulfill the mitzvah of counting the Omer by counting in a language that only he/she understands? What if a few people understand? An entire goup?
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Is a convertion through “Jerusalem Council” valid?

Before I continue, the "Jerusalem Council" is a Messianic Orthodox Jewish movement which basically follows the Talmud and Kaballah and don't believe that Jesus (or Yeshua as they say) is G-d. ...
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What defines a valid 'bor', or pool, used to hold rainwater in a mikveh?

I'm considering remodeling my spare bathroom into a mikveh. I can redirect rainwater via gutters through the bathroom window to a 'bor'. I can't dig through the floor to create a pit, naturally, ...
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Having Kavana for Mitzvot [on hold]

We have a Mitzvah of Kavanah is a mindset necessary for the performance of many mitzvot. Yaalkut Yosef (Shabbat Aleph) writes that since Oneg Shabbat is a Biblical, one should have Kavanah that its ...
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The son of a cohen who married the daughter of a non jewish father [duplicate]

Whats the status of the son of a marriage which took place between a cohen and the daughter of a non jewish father. The halacha is that, although not lchatchila, the parents dont need to get ...
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Why does Sanhedrin 92b conclude that the bones in Yechezkel was Ephraim?

Why does Sanhedrin 92b conclude that the bones in Yechezkel was Ephraim, when verse Yechezkel 37:11 states it is all the house of Israel? 11. Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are all ...
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Can one make a siyum if he finished learning the tractate already? [duplicate]

If one finished learning a tractate but did not make an official siyum with kadish, etc. can he still do this? if yes, at what point is this too late? Edit: The question Time limit on making a ...
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Can I make mikveh rainwater by condensing steam? [duplicate]

Since rain is caused by water evaporated from oceans and rivers which later condenses from clouds, can rainwater for a mikveh be synthesized by creating steam and then condensing it?
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Rav Shach and Lubavitsher Rebbe

From a purely Torah perspective. What was the disagreement between Ha Rav Shach Zecher Tsadik Livrocho and the Rebbe Alav Hashalom? Like from a halachic point of view what were there opinions and why? ...
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Staying up shivi shel pesach?

I know Chabad has the custom of staying up all 7th night of Passover. What is the source and does anyone else do this?
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Giving away olam haba to save someone's life

In the book about Reb Aryeh Levin, "A Tzaddik In Our Time," (by Simcha Raz), Reb Aryeh says that he learned a lesson about self-sacrifice (messirut nefesh) from 2 students of the Vilna Gaon who were ...
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From what materials can a mikveh be made?

Reading sources on constructing a mikveh, it seems that the walls and floor should be made of brick or ceramic. Is any other material possible, such as aluminum, wood, Lexan (plexiglass), or ...
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Why are we here if the chances are zero

A somewhat philosophical question (based on a saying by Albert Einstein): If Olam Haba is infinite in time and this world is finite in time duration, then the chances of one existing in this world ...
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What do you call a female Chosid?

I have encountered a lot of different words purporting to be the feminine version of Chosid (Hasid/Hassid/חסיד). I have seen or heard: Chosides (~Chosidit?) Chasideh/Chasida Most recently, ...
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When the Torah states that the Israelites “saw no form” when they were at Sinai, is this referring to G-d being perceived as formless?

Devarim 4:15 states: Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves—for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire— And also in ...
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Can hot tap water touching rainwater frozen by winter create a valid mikveh?

I'm considering building an outside mikveh, with the freshwater section above the rainwater section (with two holes between them, classical "bor al gabai bor" halachic design) but there is no ...
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Chilazon in Gemara [on hold]

there are cases in Gemara which Rashi will explain something one way and somewhere else, explain it a different way. example: there is a creature by the name of Chilazon. one Rashi in Gemara says it's ...
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Count seven weeks or seven shabbats?

Vayikra 23:15 reads the phrase: sheva shabbatot t'miymot. Why is this rendered as 'seven weeks' and not 'seven shabbats'? On basis of what is it defined, that the meaning of shabbatot in this case ...
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Is it correct to read the pasuk of Deuteronomy 15:11 with the “never” term?

In one of the Torah Readings for the eighth day of Pesach, falling in a week day, there's the following passukim (Deuteronomy 15:10-11) י  נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ:  ...
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Shaved or Trimmed

וַהֲבֵאתָהּ, אֶל-תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ; וְגִלְּחָה, אֶת-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְעָשְׂתָה, אֶת-צִפָּרְנֶיהָ. In Deuteronmy 21:12, the JPS translates גלחה as “she shall trim her hair”. The entire verse translated in the JPS ...
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May a mikveh immerse by shower rather than by tank?

I'm considering the construction of a mikveh that will conserve on tap water and the heat needed for the tap water to be comfortable. The rainwater section would have the necessary legal volume. ...
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Correct usage of “Ashkenaz”/“Ashkenazi”/“Ashkenazic”/“Ashkenazim”?

...Also, of course, Sefard/Sefardi/Sefardic/Sefardim. I see these terms used interchangeably, and use them myself that way, but would rather use them correctly. All are, at least marginally, ...
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“Ashkenazim” and “Sephardim,” for example

Please excuse the crossword-puzzle-clue style of the title... What is a or the technical name for the distinction between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, and/or the class or category that both of these ...
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What do we call the spoon, feather, and candle used for bedikas chometz?

What are traditional (Sefardi? Ashkenaz?) names for the items used for the ceremonial search for chometz done Erev Pesach?
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Would jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow a government [on hold]

Would Jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow the American government in order to establish the caliphate, is this allowed according to Halacha because historical speaking the Jews of ...
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if there was a caliphate established would the jews have to pay the jizya

If there was a caliphate established in America would Jews be required to pay the jizya, according to Halacha, since the caliphate would be the government of the land Background: Jizya is a per ...
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וועלען בענטשען or וועלין בענטשין

I'm fairly competent in speaking Yiddish, in fact, most of friends, family, and teachers consider me a fluent speaker. However, I noticed an interesting difference between two siddurim of mine. In my ...
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Should one use the holiday/shabbat greetings that are common in his neighborhood or can he/she stick with his custom?

Sefardim say Shabbat Shallom and Chag Samayach; Ashkenazim say Gut Shabbos and Gut Yontif. May one keep his own greetings when living in a community that is predominately of a different descent (for ...
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May non-kasherable items be put into kosher service if they arrived new-in-box?

I understand that glass and ceramic are not kasherable but they still are by far the most convenient and least expensive materials for dishes and cups. If these vessels were purchased new-in-box, it ...
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What dishware material is microwave safe and also kasherable?

I'm confused by some of the rabbinical advisory websites regarding what dishware can be kashered. Evidently glass and ceramic, the most convenient microwave safe materials, according to Askkenasi ...
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What references, if any, are there to synagogues or non-temple organized worship in the ancient Israel

Synagogue worship appears to be relatively common in the Christian New Testament (although perhaps little is known about what actually went on in the synagogues, I don't know a whole lot of details). ...
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Should a woman make a bracha before doing a non-required mitzvah?

I am thinking of mitzvot like Counting the omer Lulav and esrog ...which are not technically required of women--but women are allowed to do them--and which are preceded by brachos of the form "... ...
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Meaning of Kibbud and Oneg Shabbat

We have commandments of the Joy and Honor of Sabbath. What is the explanation of these mitzvot; what is the meaning and purpose of this commandment? What do rejoicing and honoring of Shabbat mean, ...
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What are traditional Jewish symbols of fertility?

What are some traditional Jewish symbols of fertility? (with biblical, talmudic, medrashic or kabbalistic sources) Specifically, I am wondering what ideas/things are associated with fertility and ...
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Why no 2 days of yom Kippur out of israel [duplicate]

we have 2 days of yomtov for places out of Israel But yom Kippur is one day Why it is closer to the beginning of the month then rosh Chodesh Similar Why not two days of Rosh Hodesh, as we have ...
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Davening schedule for someone with a night shift

The only way I can really convey what I'm asking here is to tell a [fictitious] story: Chaim Yankel is a late-hour delivery driver for a company. Since he works before daybreak, his schedule is much ...
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Is bitul zman (wasting one's time) a formal prohibition?

In another answer I referred to the daily prayer Uva Lzion (translation Artscroll) May He (God) open our heart to his Torah and imbue our heart with awe and love of him and the desire to do his ...
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Why is the Jubilee year not being kept anymore?

Why isn't the Jubilee year being kept anymore? Why can't we keep the commandments and regulators regarding this year being uphold these days?
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Defining “oso makom” for kissing [duplicate]

Oral sex to pleasure a women according to some opinions is forbidden or not recommended, does that include the clitoris area or only the vagina?
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Why does the atonement for impurity in the Temple take so many different forms?

Background The Torah forbids entering the mikdash or eating the meat of a korban in a state of impurity (so-called טומאת מקדש וקדשיו) . Someone who transgresses in error (beshogeg) gets forgiveness ...
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Rabbi's contract with non Jew purchasing Chometz

I am interested in studying the contract Rabbi's use to sell the Chometz to a non Jew prior to Pesach. Is there a link where I can see such a contract?
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Splitting up Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh

The pasuk we quote in Kedusha from Yeshayahu 6:3 reads וְקָרָ֨א זֶ֤ה אֶל־זֶה֙ וְאָמַ֔ר קָד֧וֹשׁ ׀ קָד֛וֹשׁ קָד֖וֹשׁ יְהוָ֣ה צְבָא֑וֹת מְלֹ֥א כָל־הָאָ֖רֶץ כְּבוֹדֽוֹ׃ In this pasuk, the image I ...
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Does Judaism prefer that Jews not be employed but to get sustenance from business if possible?

What is the gradation of preferences regarding sources of sustenance for jews heard that an employee is like a slave to the employer. And maybe this is the source of this idea The Cohen Gadol's ...
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Translation of כרמל

In a article i read online: http://www.tosfosinenglish.com/pdf/Shabos/6a7karmlis.pdf i read the following: כרמל (Karmel) is comprised of two (opposite) terms: רך with the meaning soft and not yet ...
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Mesilat Yesharim on Watchfulness

In chapter 3 of the Path of the Just, the Ramchal says: He who wants to watch over himself must investigate two matters. The first: that he contemplate what is the true good for man to choose ...

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