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Is “You Shall Choose Life” ever interpreted literally?

Inspired by Did people ever place actual physical stumbling blocks before the blind? In Devarim 30:19, we are told by G-d to "choose life": This day, I call upon the heaven and the earth as ...
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Where do matza bakers find flour that's definitely never gotten wet?

Matzah sold as Shmurah means that Jews were present from the time of harvesting, making sure that the grain stayed dry and didn't become chametz, and intending for the purpose of the mitzva of matzah. ...
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Can a Jewish, non-observant parent cook for his Orthodox child? [duplicate]

Can a Jew who understands the laws of Kashrut but is not personally observant cook for a Kosher-observant Jew? For example, can a Jewish but non-observant parent cook for his Orthodox child?
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Is there really no problem with paying non-Jewish employees less than Jewish employees?

The Times of Israel has a feature on B&H, the Satmar owned camera store. B&H has been successfully sued several times for discriminating against non-Jewish employees, including for paying ...
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Shehecheyanu at a Graduation

I recently attended a college graduation, and one of the parents decided to recite shehecheyanu to celebrate the occasion. I have never heard of someone doing this -- is there any basis for saying it? ...
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Is one obligated to filter his internet?

Is there any halachic basis for requiring one to filter his internet? Does this fall under the category of "Ikah Darka Achrena Rasha Hu"? If a man is obligated to install a filter, does a woman have ...
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How can we just make our chametz ownerless?

I'm trying to understand the "legal fiction" wherein we declare any chometz we have as ownerless like the dust of the earth. Is this halachically acceptable? How can a person declare something in his ...
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If one gives a food gift on Shabbos, does the one who receives it need to use it on Shabbos?

The Halacha is that one may give a food gift to another on Shabbos. (See Dose of Halacha for more details). If I give a bottle of wine, do they need to open it on Shabbos, or can they choose to keep ...
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May a Jew sell marijuana?

It is held by Rav Moshe zt''l that a Jew may not smoke marijuana, but following the legalization of marijuana in Washington, I am curious if a Jew may run a store that sells marijuana in a ...
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Shnayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about a day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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206 views

Arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point after Shabbat, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Matrilineal Descent

I have heard that matrilineal descent (i.e. having Judaism passed down through the mother) comes from the Roman period when women were raped by Roman soldiers and the babies were then said to be ...
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Shishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixty? 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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Shemona - mi yodeya?

Who knows eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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10answers
139 views

Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirteen? 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. (What, you ...
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9answers
132 views

Chanukah Remazim

What are some intresting Remazim like Acronyms and Numerical equivalents (Gematrias) with the word Chanukah for some fillers for a Chanukah Party speech?
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Hebrew Pronunciation of the Conservative Movement

Why does the Conservative Movement pronounce Hebrew in a quasi-Sephardic pronunciation, even though their engagement in Wissenschaft Des Judentums would have led them to embrace the Yemenite ...
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Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?

It specifically says several times in Yehoshua chapter 2 and chapter 6 that Rachav was a Harlot " וְאֶת רָחָב הַזּוֹנָה" why is it that it is accepted that she wasn't a harlot but an innkeeper and ...
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10answers
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Shemona Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows eighteen? 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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9answers
123 views

Arba'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows fourteen? 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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7answers
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Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?

I need to replace my outer talit bag - the one that most people have as a brittle, transparent, zippered bag with gold piping (e.g.). I am tired of having these bags break on me, and I don't have a ...
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5answers
60 views

Chamisha Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all answers I consider relevant and interesting. ...
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6answers
102 views

Chamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fifty? 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 to ...
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6answers
138 views

Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-three? 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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5answers
524 views

Does Judaism recognize other religions?

Does Judaism acknowledge that there are some other religions that come from G-d? If yes, how? Which religions are that? Please give me some examples. And what are the reference for this claim?
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Shabbos Zmiros author

Who wrote most of the songs we sing on shabbos?
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What's the difference between “Jew”, “Israelite” and “Judaizer”?

What's the difference between "Jew", "Israelite" and "Judaizer"? Can these three terms be used interchangeably? Can only one or only two of these terms be applied to one person?
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Chamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred fifty? 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 I ...
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5answers
110 views

Arba'im Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred forty? 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 to ...
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5answers
342 views

What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?

What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?
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Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert?

Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert? The question is, why a calf? Why not a golden cat, a golden eagle, a golden lion, golden parachutes or a gold bar? Of all the images they ...
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4answers
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Tish'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred ninety? ?תשעים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 290. Don't spend too much ...
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When Adar Begins we increase our Joy-משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה

משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה- When Adar Begins we increase our Joy (I know it is not in Shulchan Aruch or the Rambam) What is the practical application of it?
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Is there a negative connotation around converting to Judaism?

Is there any text in the Torah or Mishnah that sees a convert as some kind of "imitation" Jew or someone who isn't as good as a real-deal matrilineal Jew?
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Will prophecy return in the time of Mashiach?

Will the there be prophets in the times of Moshiach? Will everyone have some level of prophecy in the time of Mashiach? Or is prophecy gone forever?
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What was the biggest miracle in the time of the Megilla? [closed]

There were many miracles in the time of the Megilla. What was the biggest one? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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4answers
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Arba'a Ushmonim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eighty-four? ?ארבעה ושמונים ומאתים - מי יודע In the spirit of the song "Echad - mi yodeya", please post interesting and significant Jewish facts about the number 284. I don't ...
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6answers
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Tish'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows nineteen? 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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2answers
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Does halakhah forbid Jews from eating pets that die naturally?

Suppose you keep a goldfish in your house. One day, it dies. Assuming that it has died a natural death (that is, you didn't intentionally kill it), is it kosher to eat this goldfish?
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food containers - why is hechser needed? [duplicate]

I want to buy a vacuum sealer for food. The vacuum bags do not have a hechsher. Normally, I buy ziplock bags that are OU. To keep this general, I am hoping someone can elaborate on the reason and ...
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Fasting on the wedding day - when getting married right before or after a fast

When a person gets married a day before Yom Kippur or a day after Tzon Gedalya - does he/she have to fast two days in a row?
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Shemona Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred forty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all answers I consider relevant and interesting. ...
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2answers
1k views

How many Maccabees were there and what were their names?

How many Maccabees were there and what were their names?
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5answers
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Priorities: Mincha Ketana vs Mincha Gedola

Which timing of mincha is more important: mincha gedolah or mincha ketana? Why?
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6answers
63 views

Echad Vetish'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows ninety-one? 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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2answers
435 views

Kashrut with very costy salt?

Currently the cost of the salt (for human consumption) is practically negligible, mostly around $1/kg. But it wasn't always so. There were centuries as salt mining and selling was a governmental ...
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3answers
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Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision?

Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision? I'm not talking about where medical reasons would prevent circumcision; I'm curious to know if an uncircumcised gentile can ...
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5answers
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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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6answers
219 views

What else was in the Ark (Teiva)?

I heard that there is a Medrash that says that besides Noach, his wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, animals, birds, and garbage there were others in the Teiva. What else was in the Teiva?
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Belief in midrashim

The ramban in sefer havikuach asserts with regard to medrash " mi shemaamin bo tov, mi shelo maamin bo lo yazik" whoever believes in it, good, he who does not believe it, will not be harmed. Are ...

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