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Kiddush Levana the night of Purim

It is the night of Purim and for some reason the majority of the Shul has not yet said Kiddush Levana. Should Kiddush Levana be said prior to Megila due to "Tadur" it being more frequent? (source)
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Hint for Big Bang in Genesis

Has anyone found a hint for the Big Bang event postulated by modern cosmology, i.e. that the Universe expanded from a "point," in the Genesis account? Some kind of torah code or other sort of hint. I ...
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Other sources of light to bless Shabbat over

In places were candles are unsafe or prohibited from use, could light emitting diodes with batteries substitute? Closing the circuit would be regarded as work. But so is lighting a candle for any ...
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Lubavitch Hiskashrus

I was recently on a Lubavitch dating site in which the following profile question was asked: Hiskashrus (select all that apply): __ 770 __ Igros __ Ohel Is this question asking how you prefer to get ...
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what vowels is the gemora trying to replace the word ּיִקְנְוּ with יִקָנו or יַׁקְנו

I was learning with my chavrusa i used the Hebrew artscroll and he used the English version we bumped into this gemora, הכא כתיב (דברים כב, יג) כי יקח בבעל תלה רחמנא התם נמי כתיב (ירמיהו לב, מד) שדות ...
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Kashering and tevilas of corkscrews

Do they need to be Kashered? Toiveled? If yes to #1, how? One potential issue with not kashering a corkscrew is that it could have had contact with non-kosher wine. I'm not sure whether it ...
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Are we going the wrong direction in marriage? [closed]

The Gemara in Yevamos 63a has the following instructions: נחית דרגא ונסיב איתתא Go down a step and marry a woman At every wedding I've been to, the wedding canopy has been elevated from the ...
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Will The Dome Of The Rock Be Obliterated When Moshiach Comes

I heard the dome of the rock was build on the site of were the holy of holies was, and that also it is on the site of where the third temple will descend from heaven to earth from, so will the dome of ...
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Why are we impure when we wake up?

I've heard from morim and shiurim that when we wake up we're impure, or at least our hands are impure. That's why netilat yadayim should be one of the first things he do when we wake up. But I've also ...
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Latest time for various parts of korbanot

During the week, I often say korbanot after davening, generally in the car driving to work (there's not enough time in the car on the way to shul, and this way I have an uninterrupted block of time). ...
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May I change Megillot in the middle of reading Purim Megillah?

I read the majority of Megillat Esther in my shul. At night, a few teenagers like to read a few verses from the Megillah, as well. Last year, I used my personal Megillah. When one of the boys came up ...
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Who did this item belong to during the first pesach he celebrated when he had forgotten about it and may he partake of it now?

Someone who isn't Jewish owns something which is chametz. He is storing it at a family members house. They understand it to belong to him and therefore won't eat this thing. Meanwhile he has forgotten ...
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Selling living space to a non-Jew over pesach to get rid chametz

Is one allowed to temporarily sell their living space to a non-Jew in order to get rid of their chametz during pesach? If so, are they still obligated to do a bdikat chametz?
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erroneous decisions by beit din for which korbanot must be brought by beit din and the people

In masechet horayot we learn that korbanot must be brought if the beit din makes an erroneous decision that is followed by the people. Do we know of such a mistake that was made by a beit din? If so, ...
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A novel way to kasher a traif oven [closed]

Several years ago, a close friend, about to convert (not sure if it was herself, or me) asked me this: If placing a traif (non-kosher steak) in a kosher oven makes the entire oven traif, then to make ...
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Joining a synagogue after two generations non-practising

My (Jewish) great-grandparents came to the UK from Poland during the second world war, but due to their experiences of violent anti-semitism, hid their Jewishness from the public in the UK. The result ...
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Reason for Sepharadi Qeri'at Shema' Custom

I have seen no small number of Sepharadim recite Qeri'at Shema' whilst covering their eyes in the fashion below (as opposed to what I assume is the predominant Ashkenazi custom of simply placing one's ...
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Delayed Wine Drinking at Havdalah [duplicate]

Why do we not drink the wine immediately after reciting the brachah for it during Havdalah? Why do we wait to drink till we've recited all the other brachot?
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Why do we have Motzi Matza and Maror at the Seder?

The source for the practice of Koreich, the matza-maror-charoset sandwich, is Hillel's practice of doing the same (although his included the Korban Pesach instead of charoset), based on Bamidbar 9:11: ...
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How can Australia celebrate Pesach at the same time of year as other countries?

The Torah commands that we celebrate Pesach in the spring time so how can Australia celebrate Pesach at the same time of year as other countries? While I suspect the answer is that they celebrate at ...
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Matanot Lèvevyomim

We must give Matanot L'Evyonim on the DAY of Purim. We can do it via a Shaliach. If we give to a Shaliach to use in Israel for example, If they give out the money at 8 Am it is only 1 AM in North ...
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What is the bracha when one eats the Torah? [closed]

I keep seeing all these questions which discuss "Purim Torah, Ingest" but they don't seem to address the rules of actually ingesting the Torah. I don't know how to treat the Torah when I eat it. If ...
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Passover blood and Bal Tashchis [closed]

The other day I read that during the exodus the Jews were commanded to take the blood of the Pesach and schmear it "on the two doorposts and the lentils, upon the houses wherein they shall eat it." ...
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What constitutes “sending” Manot?

On Purim, I will drive around and deliver my mishloach manot. However, if a person is not home, I might leave the package at his door. If he doesn't arrive until days later, have I still satisfied my ...
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Did Moshe wrote the Torah at mount Sinai?

At the giving of HaShem's Word (Matan Torah; giving of His teaching/instruction for life) it's written in Shemot 24:4 that Moshe wrote all the words of HaShem down, and in verse 7 that Moshe took the ...
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How did the Guide to the Perplexed affect thermodynamics? [closed]

Maimonides insists in Guide to the Perplexed that demons do not exist, despite mention of them in the Talmud. Some have later suggested that he wrote them out of existence! So what did that do to ...
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Why is the Mashiach ben Yosef called “Mashiach”?

I know that there is a concept of a Mashiach Ben Yosef and there is substantial discussion about whether he is an essential precursor to the Mashiach Ben David and what, exactly he will accomplish, ...
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What is the advantage of following the reading of the Megilla out of a scroll?

The halakha is that the reader of the Megilla needs to read from a kosher scroll. But what is the advantage of following the reading out a scroll? I see here in the name of the Pri Megadim that ...
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Avraham a father to a multitude of Goyim

Avram is no longer called Avram, but Avraham; for Av Hamon Goyim have I (HaShem) made you (Bereshit 17:5). While the explaination for the name change from that of Avram אברם to Avraham אברהם is ...
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Where do we get the number for how many alyot in the torah reading?

We know that 7 people are called for reading torah at shabbat shakharit (and one for the maftir), but we find that the number drops down to 3 at minkha and again on weekdays (Monday & Thursday). ...
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The development of conversion

On this site conversion history, an article states it's about: The evolution of Israel as a nation into Judaism as a religion was paralleled by a move from assimilation of strangers to a more ...
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Are there any examples of mother having priority over father?

Are there any cases in which mother takes precedence over father?
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If parents fight, whom should child side with?

If mother and father fight with each other (whether physically or verbally), whom should child side with?
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What is the source for dressing in fancy dress on Purim?

I have searched in several sefarim for information about why we dress in fancy dress on Purim but, yet to no avail! Mishna Brurah, chaiyai Adam and the Kitzer all say to wear Shabbos clothes; they ...
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Answering questions posed by Egyptians: a query on the Mishna

When the Seleucid king, Demetrius, appointed Alcimus the high priest in Jerusalem around 162 BCE, the rightful heir to the position (Onias IV) fled to Egypt. There, he was granted permission by the ...
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Making Sense of a Redundant Mishna

The Mishna, in Negaim 14:7, declares that the metzora, on the eighth day after his having been cleansed, brings three animals as a sacrifice: a sin offering, a guilt offering and a burnt offering. If ...
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Suicide to prevent Zombification

This is a serious question which deals with what is now a fictional construct, but one that has ramifications and which has been dealt with (in other situations) by halachic discussion such as this ...
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Is it permitted to say Dayan Emet for deceased pet?

Judging from a few other posts on Mi Yodeya I am left with the impression we do not say anything for a deceased pet. But asking just to be sure.
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Can women on birthcontrol delay their period in order to avoid being nidda? [duplicate]

Stretching the cycle does not pose health risk for up to 42 days according to medical sources. Reasons for prolonging is based on husbands work schedule and vacation planning.
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How can one prevent women from attending shul this Shabbat? [closed]

While I have nothing against women or their attending shul on Shabbat or at any other time of the year, this Shabbat, in particular is שבת זכר , a Shabbat designated for just men. For some odd ...
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Stadium during Sefirah

Are you allowed to go to a stadium (e.g. soccer, basketball, baseball) during Sefirah? I know that you are not allowed to listen to live music or go to plays or things of that sort, but I am unsure ...
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Is the number 6 considered evil in Judaism?

I have heard from some sources that the number six is/can be construed as an evil number in Judaism, and as such, it should be avoided. Is there truth to this? If so, what is the reasoning behind ...
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How to ordering Tsidkatecha, Vetsidkatecha, Tsidkatecha

I see a beautiful post about initials צו"צ and I am wondering: in Sfard nussach and in Ashkenaz, the verses are in different orders (but in Chassidic minhagim (perhaps d/t difference between Polish ...
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How do they perform the giving of a Half shekel in England? [closed]

If the half shekel one gives before Purim needs to be Male what do they use in England if all the coins have a picture of the Queen? Are there any with Kings or Princes on them? This question is ...
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Shamor and Zachor beyond Shabbat

Much is written about the relationship of Shamor and Zachor in relation to Shabbat but Shamor and Zachor are also used for Pesach (at least the first day) - Shmot 13:3 Moses said to the people, ...
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Source of Jewish hospitality? [closed]

Last friday night I came into the synagogue. Hadn't been there since my Bar Mitzvah. As I walked in the entire synagogue turned towards me and greeted me singing a nice song. (something like "dodi ...
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What's the source/reason for allowing gay marriage for synagogue leaders? [closed]

I know that Judaism doesn't allow for marriage between two men. Apparently, there's an exception for those who lead the services in the synagogue. (In a number of very traditional synagogues, I've ...
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Modern bug checking sources

Where are modern she'elot and tshuvot that deal with circumstances surrounding bug checking? Looking for sources that talk about things like freezing and blending. Where can I find such things?
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why is sim shalom/shalom rav at the end of the amidah?

The order of tefilla is that there should be praise, request, and thanks. It seems like this bracha returns to the idea of requesting so why is it at the end of the amidah where one would think ...
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Mess of Potage, the RED, EDOM [closed]

I'm interested in the emphasis given to the etymology of the references to 'RED' - the colour of the lentils Jacob was cooking, then transferring the description to Esau as EDOM, the red man. It seems ...

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