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Anim Zemiros is highly anthropomorphic; how come we sing it in public?

Shir HaKovod - Anim Zemiros. This is amazingly anthropomorphic and all that without even once the word כביכול (= as if such a thing could be true). Admittedly the references come from texts such as ...
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239 views

Source for heter for making tea on Shabbos

There appear to be a few issues with brewing tea on Shabbos, some of which have already been discussed here: Kli Sheini and Kli Shlishi (see here and here) Kalei Bishul A heter from Rav Moshe I'm ...
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Good place in Israel for English-speakers

I currently live in Neve Yaakov, but it's getting expensive. Does anyone know of a good community in Israel for English-speakers, with a diversity of people, yet with a strong sense of community (not ...
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Hierarchy in ברכות השחר?

Of course there is a set order in the Siddur, but is there a hierarchy in ברכות השחר? If, for example, someone did not wash his hands or use the bathroom when he woke up, can he say Elokai Neshamah or ...
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170 views

Nusach of Tefilas Geshem

In Tefilas Geshem we say "Al HaSela Hach Vayeitzu Mayim" translated by Artscroll as: Remember the one [Moses] drawn forth in a bulrush basket from the water. They said, 'He drew water and ...
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454 views

Upper limits of “kovea itim”

It is known from the gemara (Shabbos 31a and cited in maamar Toras HaBayis ch. 1, among other places) that when a person dies, he is asked if he had set times for learning. I know that these times can ...
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92 views

How were זכור and שמור said together?

In the Mishnah Berurah (271:3), it says that the word זכור from "זכור את יום השבת לקדשו" of the first Aseres Hadibros, and the word שמור from "שמור את יום השבת לקדשו" of the second Aseres Hadibros ...
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What is the minimum shiur for dehydrated maror?

Given that you can use dried maror for the seder (Mishna Pesachim 2:6), and assuming that horseradish is actually maror, what is the minimum shiur of dried horseradish (e.g. horseradish powder)? Is it ...
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122 views

Maccabees and God's interaction

I looked over this answer Why isn't the book of the Maccabees part of the Jewish canon?, but I had further questions. I understand why its non canonical, i think its easier to understand when an ...
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How much is keifel for Gneivas Daas? [closed]

When one steals knowledge (Gneivas Daas) and gets caught by witnesses, how does he pay back double? PS. Why is there no Gzeilas Daas? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken ...
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109 views

Source for washing by your bed

What is the source in the Halachic literature outside of the Mishnah Berurah who says it is a requirement to place a washing cup by your bed instead of going to the sink to wash your hands upon ...
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109 views

Responding to kaddish in pesukei dezimro

If I am saying pesukei dezimro, I can only make some responses to kaddish (Tefillo Kehilchoso, 10 (50)). OC 51 (4) [8] and Biur Halocho d.h. tzorich refer to this but do not specify the permitted ...
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114 views

Why don't Sefardim use Honey on Rosh Hashanah?

I was told there are Sefaradim who do NOT use Honey on Rosh Hashanah. What is the reason for this custom?
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233 views

Must I take maaser from my income nowadays?

I heard that we don't have to give maaser from our income nowadays because we are outside of Israel and without the Beit Hamikdash. Is this true?
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115 views

Music at Seduas Achashverosh

Why was there no music at the Meal which Acshverosh made?
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1answer
53 views

Ad Dlo Yoda measurments

What are the many Halachic options of doing the Mitzvah of drinking on Purim please quote sources? Meaning what are the diffrent the definitions of ad Dlo Yoda?
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335 views

Matanos L'Evyonim on Purim

How much is the proper amount to give for Matanos L'Evyonim?
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1answer
74 views

How is it possible to have Kriyas HaTorah 5 days in a row without Hallel? [closed]

How is it possible to have Kriyas HaTorah 5 days in a row without Hallel?
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43 views

Just one b'racha on Chanuka lights?

There is a possible scenario in which one recites only the b'racha of she'Asa nisim on neros Chanuka without the b'racha of l'hadlik ner. Does the opposite scenario exist, in which one says only ...
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263 views

Riddle: Aruch Hashulchan. Chanukah story missing a word [closed]

A reading of the Aruch Hashulchan's description of the Miracle of Chanukah shows that there is a word he didn't use. What is it and why ?
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56 views

Achad Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred eleven? 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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61 views

What would Avraham have done if Lot didn't choose to go to Sdom?

So Avraham tells Lot, "we need to separate; if you go right I'll go left, and vice-versa." Lot chose to go to Sdom, which was wicked. Had Lot chosen otherwise, would Avraham have gone to Sdom?
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208 views

Milchig / Fleishig Arrangement

When designating which sink in a kitchen is Milchig and which is Fleishig, is there any preferred method for which should side should be which. (Eg left meat and right milk, or vice versa)? What about ...
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115 views

Riddle: Another name for Noach [closed]

What was Noach's other name?
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597 views

Shave/Haircuts during the 3 weeks

What are the reasons why a person may be able shave and/or haircut (two biiiits!- sorry, just had to) during the three weeks? Please use sources.
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135 views

Why is my molad-time chart off by a day?

The HaMaor Mikraos Gedolos chumash has a chart of molad (forecasted first visibility of the new moon in Jerusalem, based on averages observable to the naked eye, assuming Jerusalem local time; am I ...
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136 views

Human Tzaar-Baalei-Chayyim

Is there an Issur of Tzar Baalei Chaim on humans?
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119 views

Punishment for mitzvos asey?

Are you punished from Hashem if you don't do a mitzvah asey (brachos, davening, asher yatzar, etc.)?
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239 views

Is getting an aliyah and Bar-Mitzvah laining needed

Is it needed to get called up to the bimah and, also is it needed for you to lain from the torah on your Bar-Mitzvah?
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134 views

Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc

Psalms 31:6 in a Tanakh is beyadcha afkid ruchi, padita orti, adonai el emet. The same verse in an English Bible is at 31:5 because they skip what is 31:1 in a Tanakh. Which is correct?
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144 views

What does it take to institute Hallel?

What are some of the classical references for instituting Hallel b'zman hazeh? And in a more discussion-oriented vein, what kind of miracle do you think it would take for the vast majority of klal ...
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2answers
79 views

Birchas hatorah from the Torah?

I've heard many times that saying birchas hatorah is most likely from the torah (as apposed to mi-dirabanan). How could we not know? If it's from the torah, then it's from the torah!
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503 views

Wine touched by non-Jews

Are you allowed to drink wine that non-Jews touched? Why?
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162 views

Is Hashem in time? [closed]

Is Hashem in time?
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How is it possible that Yisrael went out of Egypt after only 210 years due to hard work?

Is it possible to say that the Jews were in Egypt for only 210 years because they were worked so hard? Would Hashem really do that if he already told Avraham that they would be there for 400 years?
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Is there something shocking about the location of Mount Gerizim and Eval?

In Devarim 11:30, after describing the blessings and curses to be delivered on Har Gerizim and Eval, Moshe says the following: הלא המה בעבר הירדן אחרי דרך מבוא השמש בארץ הכנעני הישב בערבה מול ...
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66 views

Do I have to worry about “Maris Ayin” if my kashrut standards are different than the majority of a community?

Let's say I like to eat at "Deliware" (I borrowed this name from a place in Port Jervis, NY). The place is kosher with a reliable hechsher. I visit the town, and I know nothing about the community's ...
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The full story behind “Kohen and Navi”?

In Eicha (and in Kinnot), there's mention of a "Cohen and Navi" that was killed. Traditionally, this is ascribed to a Navi Zecharia who lived in the time of Yoash who was killed in the Beit Hamikdash. ...
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52 views

Why do we cut nails for mikvah but not hand washing?

When it comes to determining what counts as a chatzitzah for mikvah, we say that nails which are too long (the length that they would bother the person), then they have to be cut or they would ...
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97 views

Mitzvah to study/know history?

I heard someone once mention that chazal tell us that it is a mitzvah to review, know, or study secular history. Is that true?
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128 views

Can a Jew have a non-Jewish “bashert” or vice-versa?

Follow-up to "Do non-jews have soul mates?": Can a Jew have a non-Jewish "bashert" (Divinely designated soul-mate) or vice-versa?
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143 views

Is Goy meant to be a pejorative term?

I have never heard this word before, but the Wikipedia article insists: The word is also used to pejoratively describe those not of Jewish descent. It is commonly used to refer to Christians and ...
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1answer
80 views

Source for Arizal sweating while learning nigleh?

I recall learning that the Arizal would sweat profusely when learning nigleh and that this was related to removing the klipot. I cannot recall the source for this; does anyone know?
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Can a surgeon operate on his father

Suppose I am a surgeon, and I am renowned for doing a certain type of operation. If my father is in need of that operation, is there a heter for me to operate on him or is there still the prohibition ...
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101 views

Issues with opening a tea bag on Shabbos

I was in a Beis Medrash recently and they had a note that said that despite any heter to make tea, there is no practical way to open a tea bag on Shabbos, and thus tea essence should be used even ...
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60 views

How can elderly avoid the problem of bishul yisra'el when they live with a non-Jewish aid

One of my relatives lives at home and has a full-time non-Jewish aid that cooks her meals. My relative is on a strict diet so she cannot eat commercial pre-cooked food. The relative is immobile and ...
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272 views

Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king?

Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king? For example, if one is visiting North Korea, may one bow to the statues as shown in this picture? Note that they are not fully ...
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Can you make an Upsherin during Sefira?

Suppose a boys birthday is 6 Iyar, which is on a date that all observe mourning practices in Sefiras Homer. For those that do not give a haircut to a child until the child is three, can they make an ...
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Do We Repeat the Prayers for Using the Restroom and Washing the Hands After Each Time?

I cannot quite figure out whether we are obliged to repeat the blessing over use of the restroom and the washing of hands each time. At present I do in the morning, when I first wake up, per what my ...
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According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?

According to Conservative Judaism, may one use - unfold, carry, and refold - an umbrella in an eruv-enclosed area on Shabbat? What if it is not raining? I would appreciate a link or quote from an ...

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