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Don't covet? Don't steal? What exactly is חמד in the Aseret Hadibrot?

The Aseret Hadibrot include a commandment against stealing ( לא תגנב) and one against adultery, and then later include לא תחמד, which is usually translated "do not covet" (including by JPS). It then ...
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How does a chiyuv due to chinuch work? [closed]

We frequently see statements in halacha like "the minor's obligation to do the mitzva is only rabbinically imposed (mid'rabanan), because it's only because of chinuch (=the obligation to educate one's ...
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Are Yoetzet Halacha permitted according to halacha?

Recently, in certain segments of the modern orthodoxy there have been appointments of Yoetzet Halacha, a woman specially trained to assist woman with questions in Hilchos Neda. Is this permissible ...
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Seeding free libraries with books with names of Hashem

In my area there are (secular) library boxes like these The idea is a simple variation on the honor system: Take a book, return a book. Someone, generally a volunteer, puts out a roofed box ...
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What's “פון” doing in the targum to Ex. 3:20?

In Onkelus, "פון" indicates the subjunctive mood. For example, in Vayetze 31:27, Lavan seems to be telling Yaakov, "Why did you conceal yourself to flee? And you robbed me! And you didn't tell me; and ...
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Benefiting from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat

Observant Jews do not resume doing melacha after Shabbat until after Havdalah. But not all Jews do this. So may you benefit from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat ends, even if he did not ...
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Books of the Ben ish chai on a husbands responsibilities to his wife

In hukai hanoshim chaper 9 he writes that he will in a different book bring the husbands responsibilities to his wife. Did he do it? If yes in what book/s? see bottom paragraph
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Saying Ritzei after Shekiyah

HoRav Yisroel Belsky Shlit"a (see Mishna Berurah 299:1) permits one to eat סעודת שלישית until 20 minutes after Shekiyah. Would someone still be able to say רצה if he started eating after Shkekiyah or ...
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Yocheved nursing Moshe in mitzrayim

We know that Moshe was given to Yocheved to nurse in Mitzrayim. My question is, why did Pharoah's daughter keep him as hers rather than letting Yocheved raise him completely as a "Jew"?!
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Is promoting an event that occurs on Shabbat a prohibited source of income?

Is promoting an event that occurs on Shabbat a prohibited source of income? For instance, if your employer wants you to contact various organizations and have them participate in an event set for ...
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Why a burning bush?

When G-d wanted to speak to Moshe for the first time, He grabbed Moshe's attention by showing him a burning bush that wasn't being consumed by the fire. But why this? From all the possible things to ...
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Is weed kosher? [duplicate]

Some says that qnei boshem in the bible, one of the ingredient of holy anointing oil is a plural form of qneibos or cannabis. Ganja. Whether that's true or not, I sort of wonder. Is it kosher? It's ...
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What type of name is the Tetragrammaton?

I don't have much background in Judaism. Please forgive any ignorance or mistakes on my part. I was reading a small debate in online comments. One person was asking another why 'G-d' was written as ...
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Why do some of the Ten Commandments include Noahide Laws?

Of the Seven Noahide Laws, at least three are identical to one of the Ten Commandments. To be specific I am referring to Do not murder Do not steal Do not deny God Do not blaspheme I understand ...
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Answering Amen , Kaddish and Barchu during different parts of davening

Would anyone know where I could find a chart which lists the things your able to answer to (ex. Amen,Kaddish,Barchu) during the different parts of Davening (Pesukei DiZimrah,Birchos Krias Shemah,Krias ...
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Does an unknown Ikkur require a blessing?

This question is taking for granted the position of Reb Moshe Feinstein that a food which has two ingredients such as chocolate covered peanuts gets two brachos (blessings) being that both ingredients ...
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Saying Pesukei DiZimra after Davening

If one skips parts of Pesukei DiZimrah may he say them after Davening or once he skips that is it ? Also if he could , does he have to ?
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What is the hebrew Word for the rationalist approach [closed]

What is the hebrew term for the rationalist approach of the Rambam, the Ran, the Rivash, Ralbag etc.?
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How is the small side of a lamb the “large” side?

Maseches Tamid, chapter 4, describes how the lamb offered each morning as a korban tamid was butchered. It says: He arrived at the left side.… The spine was with it and the spleen was ...
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Wearing the star of david and wanting to learn more about Judaism

I was wondering if it would be considered rude or disrespectful to wear the star of david considering i was baptized into the catholic church and attend a catholic high school. i am very interested by ...
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How did R' Yaakov Risher arrive at the exact number of responsa that he published?

Volume 1 and 3 of Shvus Yaakov have 182 responsa in each, corresponding to the numerical value of the author's name, Yaakov. Volume 2 has 188 responsa. After responsum 182 of volume 2, the author ...
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Teaching Machshava and Hashkafa to Non-Jews

I know there is a prohibition against teaching Oral Torah to Non-Jews, but what about Machshava and Hashkafa? Sometime Non-Jews ask questions and the answer relates to either Hashkafa/Machshava. Is it ...
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May one beautify his Payos?

Rashi (B'reshis 37:2) calls it an "an act of immaturity [to fix one's] hair (...) so he would look good". Obviously, payos are made from hair, but they are not considered regular hair within kabbala ...
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Getting married at 18

The Mishna in Avos says that one should get married at 18 , is there a reason for this particular age ?
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Does the use Rabbi Yishmael's principles retain the de'oraiso character of the original statement?

If we use one of Rabbi Yishmael's 13 principles of interpreting the Torah to learn from a Torah law (de'oraiso), does the inferred law also have the status of a de'oraiso? (Related: Where can I find ...
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Is it improper to invite a few single girls and a few single boys for a Shabbos meal to help fight the “shidduch crisis”

The shidduch system, according to many sources, isn't working and we're in a "shidduch crisis." See, e.g. this article. People complain, but nothing gets done. I don't see that the shadchan ...
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Guarding payos overnight

Men must sleep on their side, but, besides for aiding digestion, this tends to mess up long nicely curled payos. How does one protect them overnight from becoming disheveled by lying on them? Note ...
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Seeking a particular book on Science vs. Halacha

About 15 years ago, I recall that there was a book put out by the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. It was titled something like "Challenge - Science against Halacha" or something similar. I ...
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Is there a relationship between the Sma“g and the Sma”k?

The works Sefer Mitzvos Gadol and Sefer Mitzvos Katan have very similar names, but I never assumed the connection went far beyond that. Then, I saw a Beis Yosef (Yoreh Deah 194) which, in explanation ...
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Could a Jew join Medishare?

Medishare is a healthcare sharing program designed for Christians. Is there any reason a Jew wouldn't be able to join such a program? As far as I understand it, the program works in such a way that ...
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Receiving interest from a convert

Is it permissible to receive interest on a loan made to a convert if the loan agreement was made before the conversion and repaid after?
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Comprehensive map/list of active Orthodox synagogues in the U.S

Does anyone know of a map or list of all the active Orthodox shuls in the U.S.? When I was looking for which residencies to apply to it was my limiting factor and sometimes it was hard to find out ...
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R Yonah's position about saying Hashkiveinu before nightfall

The Talmud (Berachot 8b-9a) tell us that the Halacha is according to the opinion that, at least if forced to, one can fulfill his obligation for the night time reading of Shema after dawn before ...
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Sefer on Contemporary Shailos

Would anyone know a sefer on Contemporary Halachic Shailos (=questions) in English (on all of Shulchan Aruch?)
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Not knowing a Halacha

If a person has a halachic שאלה and is in a situation where he cannot ask or find out the halacha (for example, he must decide what to do immediately, traveling with a dead phone), what should he do ? ...
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What should I do if I don't know whether I'm in a pikuach nefesh situation?

Suppose I find myself in a situation where I am not sure whether my life is sufficiently in danger to warrant halachot of pikuach nefesh to come into play. What should I do in this case? Am I supposed ...
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Understanding העמק דבר on בראשית טו ה

In Lech L'cha, 15:5 (JPS), Hashem tells Avram: הַבֶּט נָא הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וּסְפֹר הַכּוֹכָבִים אִם תּוּכַל לִסְפֹּר אֹתָם Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to count them ...
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Did Rabbeinu Yonah write Shaarei Teshuva in response to the burning of the Gemara?

It is widely believed that Rabbeinu Yonah played a part in having the Rambam's works burned around 1232, and that after the 1242 burning of twenty-four wagonloads of Gemaras he felt that it was a ...
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Why isn't כל הכשר להצניע…‏ in שלחן ערוך?

The seventh chapter of mishnayos Shabas has this general rule ("כלל"): Whatever is fit for storing and people store that [amount of it], and he carried it out on Shabas, he's liable therefor to ...
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Driving in a Blizzard after Shabbat Begins

Someone is driving and stuck in a blizzard on the highway when Shabbat begins. It would most likely be life threatening to leave the car on the side of the highway and walk in a blinding blizzard. ...
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Rabbi David M. Feldman,Orthodox?

I own a book on birth control written by Rabbi David M Feldman. I was very impressed on how much bikius he has and erudition on the subject. I really cannot find any info on him,and wanted to know of ...
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Which manuscript of the Mishna did the Bartenura check?

In Kelim 28:5, the Mishna comments upon the susceptibility to impurity of various objects whose primary usage has been changed. A canteen that is turned into a mat, or a mat that has been turned into ...
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Saying Brachos near a bathroom [duplicate]

We know that saying brachos in a bathroom is Assur. Would the same halacha apply regarding saying them near a bathroom with the door open ? this doesn't seem to answer the question ?!
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Cold Dairy into lukewarm meat

If a cold dairy item (such as a liquid or solid) falls into lukewarm chicken soup, and The bowl had recently been hot, is the bowl treif?
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Halachic Works Western Sephardic and Portuguese Hahamim?

I was wondering if anyone could recommend halachic works by the Hahamim of the Western Sephardic and Portuguese communities if any exist. I am aware of such things like Keter Shem Tov which detail ...
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A bought or found stolen mitzva item

It's pretty well known that you can't fulfill a mitzvah with something that has been stolen. However, what if you buy or find something to fulfill a mitzvah that (unbeknownst to you) had been stolen ...
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What's the difference between קסת הסופר and מנחת שי?

I am a Torah reader. I am always interested in learning about the nuances of how trope is used as well as the rules about how the Torah scroll is written, and the relationship between the writing ...
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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?

According to Wikipedia: The introductory verses tell how, in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim (606 BCE), Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among the young Jewish ...
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Effect of mitzvos of ordinary people

Is there a source in the rishonim or before, where it says that no matter on what spiritual level the person is, his mitzvah will have a major effect in the spiritual worlds?
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Where can one learn the grammatical functions of the te'amim

I can chant the melodies of the te'amim but I'm having a hard time learning their grammatical functions and structure. Many websites that talk about the te'amim are quick to jump into the ideas of ...

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