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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— Does this ...
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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?

I heard that an employee is like a slave to the employer. And maybe this is the source of this idea The Cohen Gadol's prayer: ולא יהיו עמך ישראל צריכים פרנסה זה מזה ולא מעם אחר  And the ...
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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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Lashon of Tanah is based on Verses

The Taanaim at times use Lashonos although they aren't that "clear", because such a Lashon is found in a Passuk. This applies even where for the beginning of a Mishnah is a Lashon Rabbim and end ...
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how to close parsha gap between israel and overseas [duplicate]

for overseas to catch up to Israel why not double up on either acharey mos/kedoshim or behar/bechukoysay? why wait to matos/maasey?
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Why follow a rebbe's every custom?

I'v noticed among some chassidim (Chabad in particular) that they will follow every minute practice attributed to a their rebbe, even to inconsequential ones. For example, I've noticed that most ...
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Why should other nations praise G-d because of His mercy towards us?

The shortest chapter in the book of Psalms is one we recite as part of our prayers on holidays and the New Moon: Psalms 117:1-2 (translation from Sefaria): הַֽלְל֣וּ אֶת־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־גּוֹיִ֑ם ...
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Can one keep all possible Halachot and still be a heretic?

If there's a person who, for example's sake, keeps all Halachot applicable to him or her, can they do or believe in anything that would be considered heresy? What brought this question on was a ...
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Keeping your Tzitzis out as a segulah for shemiras einayim - Mishnah Berurah?

I've heard that there is a Mishnah Berurah that says that keeping one's Tzitzis out is a Segulah (protection or virtue) for Shemiras Einayim (to protect once eyes, i.e., not to look at prohibited ...
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Should one refrain from fun activities during sefirah?

During sefirah there is a custom to mourn the dying of R Akiva's disciples. Is the mourning restricted to the well known restrictions of not shaving and listening to music - or should one refrain ...
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Grammar or Gmara?

I recently reviewed Rashi commentaries on the word "כי" in Torah, he quotes several times this Gemara (one of the occurences is in Rosh Hashana 3a): דאמר ריש לקיש: כי משמש בארבע לשונות: אי, דילמא, ...
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How did the Bnai Efraim manage to get out of Egypt

We know that it was impossible for a slave to leave Egypt אמרו: מתחלה לא היה עבד יכול לברוח ממצרים, שהיתה סוגרת ומסוגרת ועכשיו הוציא ששים ריבוא בני אדם ממצרים, here so how did the Bnai Efraim ...
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Recommendation for learning Nach with Family [on hold]

I want to learn Nach on a "Pashat Pashut" format. I don't want to read the Hebrew-English Nach, neither the "fancy" Meforshim that delve through all of the Devrei Torah on each Passuk. Any suggestions ...
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There is Always Blood in Meat [duplicate]

All meat has at least some blood in it, no matter the form of kashering , salting or cooking. How much is too much? Why don't the red/pink blood-containing "juices" make meat eating forbidden?
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Is counting the Omer considered one mitzvah or 49 individual ones?

The verse in Vayikra says that one must count 7 weeks until after the 7th week one would count up to 50 days (i.e., a total of 49 days). Is each day counted considered its own separate mitzvah, or ...
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May one count the Omer if he has texted someone which night it is? [duplicate]

We are careful to say "Yesterday was 8" etc to ensure that we do not inadvertently count the Omer before we say the bracha. However, what if one texted "Tonight is 9" to someone? Does this count as ...
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Must one “work” and “deserve” to observe Shabbat?

The verse on the Ten commandments, also read in Kidusha Raba by certains (Exodus 20, 8-9) says שֵׁ֤שֶׁת יָמִים֙ תַּֽעֲבֹ֔ד וְעָשִׂ֖יתָ כָּל-מְלַאכְתֶּֽךָ: וְיוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י שַׁבָּ֖ת לַֽיהוָֹ֣ה ...
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What tribe was Jehu from?

From which tribe did Jehu, King of Israel, descend?

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