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Tznius issues today as practiced at social events

What is the halachic basis for: separate seating at simcah events i.e. weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc? members of the opposite sex not being allowed to commingle when there is no yichud? Is this ...
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Idolatry in Mitzrayim?

Within Ezekiel 20 there are a few verses that talk about idolatry and refer to Mitzrayim. That made me wonder if the Israelites in Egypt forgot the G-d of their parents or exchanged Him for the gods ...
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Did Judaism Copy our Messiah Concept From Zoroastrianism

Since we were in Persia because of the Babylon captivity, was the messiah concept obtained from Zoroastrianism.
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Test of True Prophet

In Deut. 18 I will raise up a prophet for them from among their brothers like you, and I will put My words into his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. And it will be, ...
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Why is Rosh Hashana two days in Jerusalem?

Rosh Hashana is the only festival celebrated for two days even in Jerusalem, since there was a possibility that witnesses for the new moon would come in the middle of the day and the Beis Din would ...
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Timing of the 2nd Beit Hamikdash's building

If you associate Koresh with Cyrus, Daryavesh with Darius (Cyrus's son) and Artachshasta with Xerxes, there seems to be a 166 year discrepancy between the historical time and the 420 years the Seder ...
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Age range of meisei midbar

The dor hamidbar was cursed to die before entering the land. Children under 20 were not included in the curse. Was there an upper limit to the age of those who died in the desert?
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need for civil marriage license in the frum world [closed]

I spoke with a Rabbi in Far Rockaway NY who indicated that in the frum world civil marriage license is not required. Just the religious ketubah is necessary?
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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. It'...
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Are We Biblically Commanded to Study the Oral Law According to Maimonides?

Rambam writes in Hil. Talmud Torah (1:7) that one must pay to teach his son the entire written Torah. וְחַיָּב לְלַמְּדוֹ בְּשָׂכָר עַד שֶׁיִּקְרָא תּוֹרָה שֶׁבִּכְתָב כֻּלָּהּ Kessef Mishna (...
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Reb Yoel's opinion on Torah of Baal Shem Tov

In the answer here, an opinion that 'the Torah of the Baal Shem Tov is forgotten' is attributed to Reb Yoel of Satmar. Is there an actual source for these words being said by him? Is there any ...
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Bittul of Hameitz in Mixtures Aquired Before Passover

Looking for clarification on the kind of bittul of hameitz that occurs for foods acquired before, but not during, Passover: What is the maximum ratio of hameitz to other food that the bittul happens ...
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Source of “Koteret”

I have heard Rambam's presentation of the mitzvos at the beginning of each set of halachos referred to as the כותרת (koteret). What is the source for this usage?
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What is the source that the Western Wall was built by the poor?

I understand that there is a general Jewish tradition that the Western Wall/Kotel was built by the poor (I believe under the command of King Solomon) (link). What is the source for the tradition (...
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Online advertising on Shabbos [duplicate]

I'm about to start an advertising campaign on Twitter and was wondering if there is a problem with my campaign running over Shabbos. Any thoughts...
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What conditions would render plants non-kosher?

Under certain conditions, I know that uncontaminated (e.g. no insects / meat, etc) plant-based foods are prohibited (ie., non-kosher). Examples I can think of include: Non-kosher wine Chometz ...
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How much wine should women drink at the Pesach seder?

In light of the concerns discussed here, how much of the Four Cups are women required/advised to drink at the Passover seder? At my last seder, I was told that women only need to have "a little" (a ...
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Does Baruch HaShem Le'Olam (Ma'ariv; Ashkenazi) count as Birchoth Keriath Shema'?

Does Baruch HaShem Le'Olam have the same Din as Birchoth Keriath Shema' in terms of interruption? If you are in the middle of the Berachah, do you respond to the same things as you would if you were ...
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ד mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?

The gemara (Brachoth 13b) records that one is supposed to draw out the ד of "אחד" in the first verse of the Shema: .תניא: סומכוס אומר: כל המאריך באחד מאריכין לו ימיו ושנותיו אמר רב אחא בר יעקב:...
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Does Judaism believe the doctrine of predestination?

Is there any indication of predestination doctrine in Judaism?
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Having pictures in a room that is prayed in

Is it assure to have pictures of people in a room where someone is praying, specifically on the eastern wall?
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“Chiyuv” to be chazan vs. congregational approval and refusal

Follow-up to this M.Y. answer about a "chiyuv" to daven from the amud. The answer states that a mourner for a parent should try to be shaliach tzibbur. I question whether this rule contradicts some ...
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Reshit is Torah or khalla ? Contradiction

In the beginning of midrash rabbah we read from rav Oshaya : וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא תּוֹרָה There is no "Reshit" except Torah and there, just after : וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָא חַלָּה There is no "...
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Hamantaschen on Purim [duplicate]

I have seen Hamantaschen discussed by the Bnai Yissoschor (early 1800), Zera Shimshon (mid 1700s). I would like to know the earliest source for eating Hamantaschen on Purim?
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Who is a Jew according the Tanach?

Does the Tanach give guidelines to Identify who is a Jew and who is not?
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moshiach, arrival and the torah's perspective

I know someone who has a shirt is in his closet which he designated for himself to wear when Moshiach comes. How will we know when the yeshuah of HaKadosh Baruch Hu - in which he will bring Moshiach ...
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Why is a kohen allowed to be a rabbi?

Rabbis often need to attend funerals, give eulogies, arrange for the proper care of the deceased's body in the time between death and burial, and other related matters. A kohen can't come into ...
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what are you allowed to lie about?

we learn from sarah that in a situation where you can get a person very angry (which is equated to idolatry) it is OK to lie to them. in what other situations is it OK to lie to a person?
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Kashruth of Terra Cotta

What are the halakhoth regarding unglazed terra cotta flower pots? Does it absorb? Can it be kashered, and if so, how? Sephardic rulings preferred, but will take any sources.
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When one buys a car, does he have to buy the car with the most safety features?

Deuteronomy 4:15 (snip): וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּ֥ם מְאֹ֖ד לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶ֑ם "Watch your lives very much" The commentary Ha'emek Davar, among others says that this verse teaches us that we are obligated to ...
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Is there any halachic or recommended consistency needed for charoset?

I've seen charoset made in various consistencies. Some are chunky with loose pieces of apples and nuts in a bit of wine or grape juice - the wine is not incorporated into the mix, so the pieces are ...
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Do sefardim need to get genetic testing?

Some ashkenazim carry genes that could lead their children to develop Tay-Sachs disease. For this reason many ashkenazim get genetic testing - I believe that this is dictated by halacha. Do sephardim ...
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Is it wrong to wear a necklace of a magen david?

Is it wrong to wear a necklace of a magen david (star of David)? Would that be idolatry? And what if I kiss it? Will it then be idolatry?
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Is reading the word “G-d” out loud from a secular text a violation of Shem Shamayim l'Vatalah?

For those who are careful not to say "G-d" in their casual conversation, would reading the name "G-d" aloud from a piece of non-religious text that one was asked to read aloud be a violation of this ...
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Where's the eighth miracle? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Beis Yosef Question Inspired by this question. If the sealed jug of oil that they found had enough to light the Menorah for one day, then there were only seven miraculous ...
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How can we make requests for personal needs in Rosh Chodesh “Bentching”? [duplicate]

On Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh we "Bentch" the new month between Shacharis and Mussaf. Seeing that it is Shabbos, when Chazal forbade one to ask for his personal needs how can we make these requests, ...
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Are Chazal more reliable than other Contemporary Sources (or Modern Historians)?

Are Chazal (and traditional sources) considered preferable or more reliable than external (contemporaneous) or academic sources for non Jewish Tradition issues? For example, this question requests ...
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Source for Mishne Torah's Song of the Levites for Shabbat afternoons

Mishne Torah in Hilchos Temidin uMusafin 6:9 brings the following halacha: במוספי שבת, אומרין שירת "האזינו" (דברים לב,א), וחולקין אותה לשישה פרקים ה'ז'י'ו' ל'ך', כדרך שקוראין אותה שישה בבית הכנסת; ...
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Is there spiritual meaning behind Kosher?

Is there spiritual meaning behind Kosher? What do the Rabbis, Torah, Talmud and so on say about this question? (I know many say that we don't know. This is a question for those who have a spiritual ...
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What bracha is made on these culturally Sephardic foods? [closed]

What bracha is made on Kibbe? Lachmajin? Jachnun? And, for each of the foods, why this is so? (I do not know what these foods are made but they taste great.)
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Lucky Buddha Beer

does anyone know if the beer lucky buddha beer is kosher? it is a beer made in china? does anyone know if it has been certified kosher by any establishment? Please let me know
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Discipline of children

When we have to administer a spanking to our seven year old, does Halakha demand an actual Rod? My husband and I use the palm of the hand on his bare behind.
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Are Jews allowed to use the expression “fingers crossed”?

Not to worship idols is one of the 10 commandments; according to a quick Google search "finger crossed" originates from either the Christian cross or other superstitious beliefs. Does this mean that ...
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What is the meaning of the term בוחן כליות in High Holiday prayers? [duplicate]

In Nusach Ashkenaz (and I assume Nusach Sefard as well as other nuscha'ot), there is a "hymn" said as part of the Musaph service on both days of Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur that has a refrain וכל ...
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Questions surrounding Bilam's death

In Parshas Matos (Bamidbar 31:8) it says וְאֵת בִּלְעָם בֶּן-בְּעוֹר הָרְגוּ בֶּחָרֶב. Did Bilam do anything to avoid getting killed? What did he do? And who actually killed him?
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using a men's mikvah twice if tamei or just once?

If someone is tamei, does that person have to use the mikvah twice or once is enough? If you have to use it twice how is this done?
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Does the idea of Moshiach ben Yosef negate the anti missionary argument against the second coming?

As found in writings of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, one of the arguments used by Anti missionaries to explain why we don't believe Jesus was the messiah, was his epic failure to bring world peace and ...
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Dismantling a Succah on Chol Hamoed in order to rebuild it

A succah is huktsa, set apart, for its mitzvah usage and therefore cannot be dismantled on Succos. See here in the Shulchan Aruch. To clarify, although the words used in the shulchan aruch are to ...
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hebrew grammar query, Bamidbar 31:17

I seek to understand Bamidbar sedra mattos Chapter 31 verse 17. Specifically, the word הֲרֹגוּ is stumping me. It is not the kal impererative masculine plural. The word Hirgoo, הִרְגוּ, appears as the ...
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use the bathroom as a changing room

from shulchan aruch orach chaim 2 mishna brura there and shulchan aruch orach chaim 239.2 (davka feldheim translation 2: THE LAW REGARDING PUTTING ON CLOTHES mishna berura 1. "...For this reason, ...

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