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On days when Kohanim Duchan, why do the Kohanim only do it once and not in each Shemoneh Esrei?

On days when the Kohanim Duchan, why do the Kohanim only do it once (during Mussaf) and not in each Shemoneh Esrei? [revised question]
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Eiruv in Manhattan?

There are two ways one could build an Eiruv on an island: One build walls, Tzuras Hapesachs, etc. One relies on the "natural" walls. This hetter applies only if The ocean does not bring up ...
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What is Issur Moisef?

What is Issur Moisef I heard two people talking about this concept in the context of "AIN ISSUR CHAL AL ISSUR" please illustrate with example?
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Looking for a good version of Maimonides Introduction to his Commentary on the Mishna available online

I while ago, I read through most of an English translation Rambam's Introduction to his Commentary on the Mishnah. I think it was an earlier edition of this one, but I'm not sure. I'm looking for a ...
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What is the purpose of the laws of mourning?

There are generally accepted laws and customs regarding a mourner, whether mourning for a relative or for the tragedy of the destruction of the bais hamikdash. Examples include restriction from ...
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Bathing before Shabbos Chazon

To what extent, if any, does the practice of bathing in hot water before Shabbos override the prohibition of bathing during the Nine Days? I ask specifically regarding Ashkenazi practice (I guess for ...
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Why doesn't one say Hagomel when flying within the USA?

According to those opinions that only one who flies over an ocean has to say hagomel, why does one not say hagomel when flying within the USA (where one often takes off over an ocean)?
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Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?

From the answers to this question it seems that most if not all Jewish sources treat Trinitarian Christianity (in particular, their doctrine of the Trinity) as either Shittuf or outright Avoda Zara, ...
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mayim emtzaiyim - washing hands between eating fish and meat

Mishna B'rura 173:4 and Aruch Hashulchan 173:2 say we don't need to wash our hands between eating fish and eating meat. Do any latter-day pos'kim argue with this? Does any group practice this halacha ...
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Internal Passive With Characteristic “u” Vowel

In Biblical Hebrew, what is the "internal passive with characteristic u vowel"?
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Echad Ushloshim Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred thirty-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 ...
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Rambam's Letter to Samuel Ibn Tibbon on Translation

anyone know where I could find Rambam's letter to Ibn Tibbon on translation? He talked about how not to translate too literally, etc.
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Sefiras HaOmer - earliest time to count

According to Halacha what is the earliest time can you say Sefiras HaOmer each night and be Yotzei?
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Cholent falafel Bracha

What Bracha is Chulent, and since we are on the category of Brachos what Bracha are falafel Balls?
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Birchas Hatorah and Sefardic women

In an earlier question I mentioned that women make Birchas Hatorah. Is the same true for Sefardic women and why?
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Bris on Shabbos

Motivated by the Muktzeh review going on( at least it seems to be what simcha man is doing) at this site. What is allowed and or minhagim of a bris on Shabbos what the status of the Knife mukteh or ...
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Why is an oppressor's wife/children punished?

In parashas mishpatim (22:21-23) the pesukim read כא כָּל-אַלְמָנָה וְיָתוֹם, לֹא תְעַנּוּן. כב אִם-עַנֵּה תְעַנֶּה אֹתוֹ--כִּי אִם-צָעֹק יִצְעַק אֵלַי, שָׁמֹעַ אֶשְׁמַע צַעֲקָתוֹ. כג וְחָרָה ...
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Kein Yehi Ratzon by Birchas Kohanim

The Minhag by most Shuls where there is no Birchas Kohanim and the Chazan just says the Birchas Kohanim is to say Kein Yehi Ratzon. Why do we say Kein Yehi Ratzon instead of Amein?
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brushing sheitals on shabbos

Is it permitted to brush a sheital (wig) on shabbos or yom tov?
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Moshe Judges דָּבָר הַגָּדֹל or דָּבָר הַקָּשֶׁה

In the first Posuk it says: וְשָׁפְטוּ אֶת הָעָם בְּכָל עֵת וְהָיָה כָּל הַדָּבָר הַגָּדֹל יָבִיאוּ אֵלֶיךָ Then in the later Posuk it says: אֶת הַדָּבָר הַקָּשֶׁה יְבִיאוּן אֶל מֹשֶׁה The ...
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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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Web sites where I can post divrei Torah

Can anyone suggest a good site where I can post a weekly list of marei mekomos in Ramban on the Parsha?
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Cover the Earth and you will not see

Why by the Locusts does it use the repetitive language: I will cover the eye of the land and you will not see it, if it is covered of course you can not see it? וְכִסָּה אֶת עֵין הָאָרֶץ וְלֹא יוּכַל ...
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Arba'a Vachamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one 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 answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Fish Tank Menorahs

There are people who light in a Fish Tank Menorah among then Reb Eliyashiv and Reb Kanievsky arguably the two most prominent Halachic authorities in the world. There is an inherent problem in that ...
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Is there a way to make Shehechiyanu when lighting the second night of Chanuka? [closed]

How is it possible that someone lit the Menora on the first night of Chanuka, said Shehechiyanu, yet when he lights the Menora on the second night he would have to say Shehechiyanu again?
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Where and when do we light Shabbos candles 15 minutes later than usual? [closed]

Where and when do we light Shabbos candles 15 minutes later than usual?
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What is the Morph-Phonological Split in Hebrew that makes it so Unique? [closed]

Can some one explain this to me? In a mixed language par excellence, large and monolithic blocks of material are imported wholesale from each of the ancestral languages. Thus, while the verbal ...
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Simchas Bais HaShoaiva

On Succos we celebrate starting the second night Simchas Bais HaShoaiva. According to the Chachamim we can not start on the first night as we use musical instruments and it is not Doche Shabbos or Yom ...
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Arba'a Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred fourteen? 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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Mitzvas Kesivas Sefer Torah

If you purchase a finished Sefer Torah are you Yotzei the Mitzva of Kesivas Sefer Torah?
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Cutting Nails on Chol Hamoed

Is one allowed to cut nails on Chol Hamoed? what about if it's also erev yom tov (like today)?
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Seuda Hoshanah Rabah

If I recall correctly the reason we eat a Seuda on Hoshanah Rabah is it is the last day we have a Chiuv to eat in the Succah. Suppose it is raining and you can not eat in the Succah do you still have ...
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All about Kreplach

Many people eat Kreplach on Purim, Erev Yom Kippur, and Hoshanah Rabah. These 3 days are considered like hidden Yomim Tovim, as work is technically allowed. They are also days that we Klap. On Purim ...
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What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?

In the Selichot (fifth day of Aseret Yimei Teshuvah, HaPizmon shel Yud Gimel Middot HaRahamim) and in Ne'ila of Yom Kippur, there's the stanza that reads: The concern is the few middle lines: ...
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Sechach supported partially by metal

For those who are careful to only support their sechach on sechach-eligible materials, how much does it matter if a small amount of the sechach inadvertently rests on non-sechach-eligible materials? ...
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Chamisha Veshiv'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows seventy-five? 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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152 views

Not Kissing our Tzitzis on Tisha Bav in Shacharis

Why do we not Kiss our Tzitzis on Tisha Bav by Boroch Sheamar and Kriyas Shemah as we do the rest of the year?
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148 views

Women and writing a Mezuzah

Can a women write a Mezuzah?
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What does “responsive recitation” mean for Selichos?

There are a bunch of Selichos that are supposed to be "recited responsively." I think for many of them, I've seen the format: Chazan: line 1 Kehila: line 1 Kehila: line 2 Chazan: line 2 Kehila: ...
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358 views

Bringing a gun into a synagogue

Can you bring a gun into a synagogue? (The question is in reference to Israel.)
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Tzar Balay Chaim- Killing Pests?

Are you allowed to kill flies and other pests (mice, mosquitoes, etc.) or would that go under the prohibition of Tzar Balay Chaim?
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Why is the weekday reading for Devarim different than for Shabbos?

Generally, the short Torah reading used on Shabbos afternoon, Monday and Thursday morning is the ~10--15 verses that will constitute the first Aliya the coming Shabbos morning. But for Devarim, the ...
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Why repeat if forget?

Many times in Halacha we find that one should repeat if forgetting something. For example, on Rosh Chodesh (by Shacharis or Mincha), one must repeat Shemonah Esrei if s/he forgot Yaaleh Veyovo. On ...
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Riddle: What halacha is learned from something said by Satan? [closed]

Riddle: Name a halacha derived from a statement of Satan.
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Kids listening to music in sefira: what age

At which age should children be trained not to listen to music during sefira.
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Shalom alecha rebbi (u'mori)

What is the significance of the time it takes to say Shalom Alecha Rebbi (U'mori)?
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How to deal with the parts of the Torah reading that are pre-empted by the congregation

Sometimes, our traditional approach to the reading includes having the congregation recite a short section of the reading aloud before the Torah reader does it, and then he follows. The most ...
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Mixing up the order of Retzei and Ya'aleh V'yavoh?

If someone is bentching on Shabbat-Rosh Chodesh, and accidentally skips Retzei, but says Ya'aleh V'yavoh, can they then say Retzei after Ya'aleh V'yavoh, but before Uvenei? Or must they continue and ...
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What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?

The Zohar (and the Sulam even more so) refers to 'Zer Anpin', usually in relationship to other middos/bechinos such as Malchus. What does Zer Anpin mean?

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