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Why is Idolatry a sin

What is the wisdom behind declaring Idolatry as a cardinal sin in Judaism? What is wrong if the true God as well as some other person\Object is worshipped along with him as long as he is not leaving ...
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When, and why did the term “am ha'aretz” come to mean “ignoramus”?

In Tana'ch, the term "am ha'aretz" meant either "the tribal counsel" as we see when Abraham wanted to purchase the Cave of Machpela, he bowed down to the "am ha'aretz". It also meant "the nation" or ...
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What is the rule for a girl under Bat Mitzva to sing Shir Hakavod (a.k.a. Anym Zemirot)?

As pointed out here, it is not required and widely common for a boy under Bar Mitzva to lead the congregation in the singing of Shir Hakavd. My question: is it acceptable for a girl under Bat Mitzva ...
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Who was Naomi's mother?

I would like to know the genealogy of Naomi the mother in law of Rus. Specifically, who was her mother?
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How Can One Know If A Synagogue is Orthodox or Modern Orthodox?

I've looked on the websites and, other than just going in and asking each and every local synagogue, is there some easy way to know if an orthodox synagogue is Modern or Traditional?
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Acharei, or Acharei Mos?

The parshah in Vayikra Chs. 16-18 is often called "Acharei Mos", but sometimes the "Mos" is omitted. Is either version of the name more correct than the other, or did is it minhag-dependent (Ashkenazi ...
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Where do the names of the sedras come from and do they have meaning?

I would like to know where the names for the sedras come from (who named a certain sedra Balak, Emor etc.) and if there is any meaning associated with the naming (as the Lubavitcher Rebbi seems to ...
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Is There a Jewish “Confirmation”?

While browsing some local Temples (Reform Congregations) here in my city, I noticed a site that listed "Confirmation" under the heading of "Life Cycle" on their site. I was puzzled. I know what Bar ...
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Restrictions of sefirah during Nisan?

It seems that, since mourning is prohibited during the month of Nisan, one could not observe the restrictions of sefirah until the end of Rosh Chodesh Iyar, since one is also not permitted to mourn on ...
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Source of the “remove his teeth” gematria

In the Hagadah (page 8 of here), there is a line by the wicked son that says you should "remove his teeth" (hakeih et shinav). A common explanation is that the gematria of "rasha" (reish shin ein: ...
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Why do we abbreviate the Jewish year to the hundreds column?

The current Jewish year is 5774 however it is popularly abbreviated as 774 - תשע״ד. I would like to know why this abbreviation was adopted. I realize that to write out the number 5,000 would require ...
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Why does the Haggadah interpret ביד חזקה as referring to דבר?

Why does the Haggadah interpret ביד חזקה (strong hand) as referring to the plague of דבר (pestilence)? Why don’t the other plagues demonstrate a strong hand?
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What are the relevance of the first three posukim of the Haftorah for parshas Tazria to the Torah reading?

The Haftorah for parshas Tazria - Kings Ⅱ 4:42-5:19 - talks about how Na’aman, who was supra-naturally afflicted with a skin blemish, went to Elisha the prophet and was cured, and this ...
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Why do we make blessings on mitzvot d'rabbanan at the second seder?

As far as I know mitzvot such as eating marror or saying hallel at the Pesach seder are only rabbinic (the marror was biblical previously but I am told that is no longer so). If this is the case and ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in

I have heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein ztsl held that tzitzis should be tucked in. Can somebody give a nice summary of the reasons behind his ruling?
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Practically increasing simcha in Adar

Does anyone have personal/practical suggestions of how to increase one's simcha in Adar? (related)
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Wearing tzitzis to bed?

I know many frum people wear tzitzis to bed, but a while ago a fellow told me that you should wear the tzitzis that you're going to wear the next day, because of an obligation to wear the same set for ...
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Written Semicha Tests

Which Rabbonim give a semicha based on a written test (as opposed to requiring one to complete a program under them)? Are they only on Basar Bechalav and Ta'aruvos, only on Shabbos, only on Niddah or ...
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Should we really say kaddish for twelve months for a parent?

Is Kaddish really twelve months for a parent? When I said Kaddish for my father fifty years ago I read in the prayer book at the Chevra Kaddisha Bnai Jacob in Montreal that it should only be for ...
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Is Jewish birthday the same every lunar year

I understand the Jewish birthday is calculated on the lunar year, which could cause the birthday to drift back and fourth along the lunar calendar. But supposing the child was born, say, first day of ...
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When did the practice of Exodus 35:2 stop?

Exodus 35:2 JPS ב שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים, תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה, וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן, לַיהוָה; כָּל-הָעֹשֶׂה בוֹ מְלָאכָה, יוּמָת.‏ Six days shall ...
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Why did the angels not go straight to S'dom?

It says in Bereishis 18,16 “and the men arose from there and they looked upon S’dom, and Avraham went with them to escort them”. This is followed by several posukim dealing with the dialogue between ...
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Omnipotence and Omniscience

Where was it first claimed that God is omnipotent or omniscient? Did God or an authorized prophet ever actually make this claim?
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Is it right to point out that the Chazzan omitted a brocho in his repetition of the amida?

In this question we learnt that if the Chazzan left out a brocho in his repetition of the amida he would have to repeat the repetition. Is it right to point out that the Chazzan omitted a brocho? ...
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Circumcision liability

A story was recently publicized about a Mohel who botched up a circumcision by cutting of more than he was supposed to, requiring six hours of surgery, numerous blood transfusions, a two month ...
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Ripping garments when hearing Hashem's name?

I've heard in a kabbalah shiur on web yeshiva, if someone says Hashem's name as it's written, either b'shogeg or b'meizid, the person or people that heard must rip their garments as they do when a ...
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How many sugyot are marked in the 1835 Vilna Printing of the Talmud Bavli?

How many sugyot are marked in the 1835 Vilna printing of the Talmud Bavli? I am defining a sugya by a section divided between "two dots" ( : ) or between the words of mishna and "two dots". I am ...
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Commiting to a group's educational system

In a community where spaces are scarce in educational institutions, may a Jewish institution refuse a child if the parents will not commit to letting the child continue in that group's separate ...
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why do the festivals of sukkot and pesach last seven days

What is the reason for the festivals of sukkot and pesach lasting seven days. Is there a significance/reason to the number seven here?
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Skipping Kabbalat Shabbat

Would a person be permitted to make a habit out of skipping Kabbalat Shabbat, and furthermore, would a shul be allowed to make this their official policy? (By "skipping", I mean not saying at all, ...
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Why do Sephardi jews put on the tefillin shel yad while sitting?

Pretty straight forward--why do Sephardim put on the tefillin shel yad while sitting?
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If a Cohen couple gets an embryo donation do they perform pidyon?

If a Cohen couple gets an embryo donation and their first born is a boy, do they have to do pidyon or is the baby a Cohen?
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Cookies for kiddush

Many people, including Chabad, eat cookies before shacharis which raises a question about kiddush asked here. I understand that they do this because cookies don't count as a seudah.1 The flip side of ...
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Calling a Muslim leader an “Imam”

Is there a halachic issue with referring to a Muslim imam by the title "Imam" (or "Imam __" with the person's name inserted in place of the underscore)? Here are the thoughts that lead me to ask this ...
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How exactly is a Zona labeled a Zona

Does the fact that a Zona (who becomes Forbidden to a Kohen) enters that status depend on the act that happens, or does the nature of how it happens, and what evidence we have about it, matter? It ...
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How to remedy a case of possible Ayin Hara?

If someone gave you a bunch of compliments that you suspected might be based on some jealousy, what can you do to ward off any possible Ayin Hara--at the time the compliments were given or afterwards? ...
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Is toothpaste an issue on Shabbat?

I heard that squeezing the toothpaste tube might be considered wringing. Does this have any basis?
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Eating after Zeman Tefila if one didn't pray

If someone wakes up at let's say 11:00 and Sof Zeman Tefila according to all Posekim passed, can that person eat? We know that one can't eat before Tefila (Shulhan Aruch וידוע) but maybe the Din here ...
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Why does the “Dorff teshuva” of the Conservative movement say that homosexual relations are a *rabbinic* prohibition?

In a teshuva issued by the Conservative Movement entitled Rituals and Documents of Marriage and Divorce for Same-Sex Couples by Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Daniel Nevins and Avram Reisner, it is claimed in a ...
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Sending emails to people who will read/answer them on shabbat

Is it permissible to send an e-mail on Friday afternoon, knowing it will be answered or at least read on shabbat by a Jew? I am inclined to think that, since the alternative to someone ...
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Jewish approach to exercise and incorporating it into our daily lives

We are beings made of body and soul and there are many that express the importance of a synthesis of physicality and spirituality. There are many divrei Chazal that tackle how to attain spiritual ...
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“Meikeh” (fence on the roof) on a shul nowadays

It says in the Rambam that a Beis HaKneses (a special place for prayer which has many certain laws about it) is not required to have a "meikeh" (a fence on the roof). I believe the same is said in the ...
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Why are the daily tehilim divided as they are?

How were the daily starting and ending points for weekly and monthly readings of all of tehilim chosen? Are they just chosen to make them all approximately the same length, or are there specific ...
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Why do we pray?

Say you have a very good king--he is very nice to his servants and makes the country prosperous and peaceful for everyone. Wouldn't he find it annoying if one of his servants praised him daily, three ...
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Which shita are those wearing extra long tallit katan following?

Some rabbonim are wearing really long and large talith katan. For example Rav Shmuel Auerbach shlita (picture below). Rav Elyashiv ztl used to wear a very long one too. Which shita are they ...
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why specifically these Ten Commandments [duplicate]

if the torah has 613 commandments, why the need for singling out ten commandments? Why are these more special than the rest?
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Tehillim while waiting for medical test results

When one is waiting for a medical test result, which tehillim is it customary to recite?
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What things are restricted during the 3 weeks?

There are a lot of questions here on Mi Yodeya about specific restrictions during the three weeks between 17 Tammuz and 9 Av, but I would like to know all of the things that are forbidden during the ...
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Movies and music during the 3 weeks according to Rav Soloveitchik

The Rav compares the 3 weeks to the twelve months of mourning, and following that comparison he permits shaving during the 3 weeks (but not the 9 days) but forbids large social gatherings. What does ...
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Is it always a good idea to say an extra Shema' if you missed one?

According to Double AA's answer on a related question, "it can't hurt" to say an extra Shema' later if you missed the Zeman (set time) for it. While it may be true to a certain extent that saying ...

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