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Why don't we say Rav Sadiaa Gaon's phrase for before and after baths?

In Rav Sadiaa Gaon's siddur, he lists a short tephillah for before and and after baths. Why isn't that said anymore (I'd assume it was said in his time)? The text I'm referring to can be found here: ...
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Can a Jew marry a Free Mason?

I am widowed and know little of my Jewish Heritage. Of this, I know, I observe the Torah and do my best to abide by it. Since I know little, and I am interested in marrying a non-Jew who is a Free ...
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Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One?

Is it true that there was a time when Jews believed in the existence of several Gods instead of just One? Somebody told me that there was a time when they even worshiped different Gods - even after ...
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Theology on evolution from khan academy

In this video on khan academy, Khan makes a few theological points regarding evolution. His main point is that evolution can be reconciled with intelligent design by saying that God could have created ...
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Shnayim Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred seventy-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some undetermined point in the future, at least a day from now, I will: Vote up all interesting, relevant answers. ...
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Echad Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Making Fruit Punch on Shabbos

Why is making fruit punch on Shabbos not a problem of coloring?
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Tannis Esther reason

Why do we fast on Tannis Esther? In memory of what historical occurrence?
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Blessing on tree (NISSAN)

I am looking into the blessing for the trees for NISSAN. There is a almond tree on our block. Blossoms really early. But it is the red-blossom type (bitter almond) not the sweet kind that you eat. In ...
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Why don't we pray for happiness in the weekday amida?

Perhaps it is an assumption but I would suppose that Hashem would prefer us to serve him through simcha rather than through trepidation. There is certainly a virtue in ahavas Hashem over yirah. Ahava ...
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Ezekiel 16:4: לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ — what practice does this describe?

Ezekiel 16:4 seems to be describing practices performed on an infant or young child. But, what practice does לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ refer to? Do any rabbis explain the meaning?
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Why Ishmalites are accused of rejecting the Torah?

Being an Ishmalite myself i can clearly say that we don't reject the Torah as false as accused here. It is considered to be one of the revealed books by God and is called as "Torat" in our scripture. ...
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How can we know God?

How can we know God? Isn't God unknowable? We learn and study and follow God's commands and pray, but how do we know God (as opposed to what God wants)? What is a true way to know GOD better? ...
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One-in-Sixty Versus Roiv- Why both?

There are two concepts in the Halacha of Bittul (nullification). One says that if there is an item that is Unkosher that falls into another item that is Kosher, and it is a mixture, and the Unkosher ...
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What exactly happened on the 25th of Kislev?

What historical event (if any) actually took place on the 25th of Kislev to cause that date to be the commencement of Chanukah?
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Hebrew Israelites recognition by mainstream Judaism

Are the adherents of 'Hebrew Israelites' church Jews from the 'mainstream' point of view and why (why yes or why not)? I have found mixed information on the topic. Also some of them seek conversion, ...
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Honor parents who want you to violate halacha?

Suppose a parent feels very strongly against a certain aspect of halacha, for whatever reason. What would be an appropriate way to follow halacha while maintaining kibbud av v'eim?
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Bishul Akum: now what?

What is the kashrus status of a pot if the food cooked in it was Kosher, but cooked by Non Jew? Is the pot kosher or not?
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What is the orthodox view towards the existence of a progressive denomination? [closed]

How did the progressive and orthodox denominations come about? What is the orthodox view towards the existence of a progressive denomination? MODERATOR NOTE: The chatting in the comments on this ...
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Why Bless Eisav and not Yackov

Why was that Yizhak originally chose to Bless Eisav and not Yackov, at least he should have Blessed both equaly what was his thinking?
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Yitzchok falls for Eisav's tricks?

The Posuk says: ויהי עשיו איש יודע ציד וגו' (בראשית כה, כז)‏ Translated as: ... and Eisav was a man who knew how to hunt ... Rashi comments: יודע ציד, לצוד ולרמות את אביו בפיו ...
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Arba'a Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred fifty-four? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting and relevant answers. Accept the what ...
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the dress of the followers of Harav Kook

Harav Kook was basically a litai, and dressed like one and even had a shtreimel. Today his followers and talmidim from his yeshiva don't even use any kind of suit (long or short) or hat and even make ...
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Why does the term Eretz Yisroel never appear in the Torah?

After anylyzing the term "Eretz Yisroel" I could only find it in 3 instances in Nach. http://mi.yodeya.com/questions/5681/does-the-term-ever-appear-in-tanach Why does the term Eretz Yisroel never ...
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When and What was the first Hebrew Sefer published?

When and What was the first Hebrew Sefer that was mass published?
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Shisha Vachamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fifty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Riddle: In parshas Toldos, where are a second set of twins mentioned? [closed]

In Parshas Toldos, aside from Yaakov and Eisav, where are the second set of twins mentioned?
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Shemona Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred eighteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Arba'a Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-four? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Mi.ShAino.Yodeya [closed]

Which halachah [hint:Choshen Mishpat] applies to "mi sh'aino yodeya"? (I ran across this last night researching another question)
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Echad Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Do you have to read the Targum of words that are repeated in the same sedrah?

According to the view (quoted here) that the reading of the Targum in shnaim mikro v’echod targum is to add layers of explanation to every word could one fulfil the mitzvo by reading the Targum ...
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Does the greeting “Good Yom Tov” contain a redundancy?

Does the greeting "Good Yom Tov" contain a redundancy? Doesn't "Yom Tov" mean "Good day"? So you are saying "Good good day?"
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Were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told that there would be no miracle?

I've heard a story somewhere before that before Shadrach Meshach and Abednego got toasted (literally), they came to a prophet asking whether there will be a miracle or not. (I forget the prophet's ...
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Can Jews standing naval watches take their shabbat in shifts?

Suppose you have an major naval ship (aircraft carrier or nuclear sub) with a small complement of Jews on board. They're divided by the executive officer to stand watches, same as the rest of the ...
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Can Jews eat hunted animals?

Can Jews eat hunted animals? That means the animals are dead before getting their necks cut. I do not think ancient Jews were hunters, but I would be surprised if I were to find that there was no ...
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Why don't merchants have torah, according to R. Yochanan?

The g'mara on Eiruvin 55a, expounding "it is not in heaven...nor across the sea" (D'varim 30:12-13), says (Soncinco translation): Raba expounded, It is not in heaven, it is not to be found with ...
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Magicians of Egypt (sometimes referred to as Jannes and Jambres)

Exodus 7:11 ESV Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. Exodus 7:11 Hebrew Study Bible (Apostolic / ...
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Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?

Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar and scatter them across the Earth with diverse languages? What moral does Genesis 11:5–8 coveny to mankind execept the fact that "in ...
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Can you explain the beginning of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer chapter 4?

At the beginning of the 4th chapter of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer, it states [my own translation]: On the second day God created the heavens (rakiyah), the angels and the fire of flesh and blood ...
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Saving a Jew's life on Shabbos if s/he does not observe Shabbos

(This question was inspired by my comment on this question - Are you allowed to save a non-Jew's life on shabbos? (The comment is quoted at the bottom of my question.)) R. Simeon b. Menassia is ...
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How to reconcile? I must eradicate the memory of Amalek but I must help the ass of the one who hates me.

It’s Parshas Zochor (Dvarim 25) this Shabbos. “There is a mitzvah in the Torah to remember Amalek and his descendants and to orally recall their iniquity. We are to tell our children in each ...
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Is IshBoshet, Saul's son, his real original name?

Boshet means shameful or abomination. Did his parents name him that? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ish-bosheth In short, the question is whether that's his original name.
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Is there an explanation for the seeming contradiction in Leviticus 27:9-10?

I'm looking at Leviticus 27:9-10, and it contains two commandments that are seemingly contradictory. Here's the text: And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that ...
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Mappik in Kaddish

What is the meaning of mappiks in Kaddish. ...יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ ...כִרְעוּתֵהּ... ...מַלְכוּתֵהּ... Isn't a mappik in the word שְׁמֵהּ (for example) would mean her name. So who is ...
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Intent of the 9 days and Meat

If you had only two options for lunch during the nine days, which would be the 'preferable' choice? Sushi (100 % fresh animal flesh, costs around 40 NIS, really really enjoyable and healthy) A Fast ...
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Echad Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred fifty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting and relevant answers. Accept the what ...
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Shnayim Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Shisha Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be?

Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be in order to be Yotzei the Mitzva of Tzitzis according to all Poskim? If there is a minimum size, what is it?

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