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What is a “migu”

A popular topic discussed sometimes at length in Yeshivas I would like to pose the question here with a few additional points: What is a "migu"? How is it used in Shas? What is a "classic" (or the ...
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Can I walk out of class? [closed]

If I am in a class where the teacher asks "illegal questions" (an "Ein Lomar"), what must I do? If I stay, I would now have those questions - very bedieved. If I close my ears I would have violated ...
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Some narrative difficulties related to the Midrash that identifies Haman with a previously-named character [closed]

If I recall correctly, there's a Midrash that, consistent with the "rule of conservation of Biblical personalities", identifies Haman with one of the people who shows up in the first two chapters of ...
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How does one own and operate a hotel on Shabbat?

Assume we're talking about a hotel that is open every day of the year. How does someone own and operate a hotel while still keeping the laws of Shabbat? Are there sources that discuss this? An ...
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May a Jew be a professional boxer?

Are there any halachic problems with a Jew being a professional boxer?
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Is every mishna mentioned in the Bavli?

On a previous question that I asked, one correspondent pointed out the existence of a Mishnaic index, which lists every page of the early rabbinic literature on which there is a reference (or ...
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Source for mid winter vacation

I have heard that there is a Sefer published 300-400 years ago which indicates that the (Melamdim) Torah teachers would be off on Chamisha Asar B'Shevat in order to rejuvenate. Anyone know where this ...
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What's the connection between Tu B'Shevat and (Bukser) carob?

Tu B'Shevat many people eat many different types of fruit. Growing up and continuing until today there seems to be a Minhag to specifically eat (bukser) carob. Is there some sort of special connection ...
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Mamzer honoring his father - why wouldn't he?

The Shulhan 'Aruch (240:18) writes that a Mamzer has an obligation to honor his father. Why might I think otherwise?
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Why are bagels a traditional Jewish food?

Inspired by this question One of the stereotypical traditional Jewish foods is a bagel (with or without lox and "shmear"). Why/how did this food come to be associated with Jews?
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An improved Jewish calendar after this one expires?

Conventional wisdom has it that about 1600 years ago, the latter Hillel utilized his Sanhedrin to sanctify the Hebrew calendar as we know it today until the year 6000. (Presumably by that point we'll ...
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What is an outsider's obligation if abuse is suspected?

What obligation does an outsider (non-family member) have if she or he suspects that there is abuse in another family? Does it matter if the abused party denies the allegation? What if the abused ...
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Why did Yosef wash his face after crying the second time but not the first?

In Miketz, Yosef is seen to cry twice. 42:24: וַיִּסֹּב מֵעֲלֵיהֶם וַיֵּבְךְּ וַיָּשָׁב אֲלֵהֶם He turned from them, cried, and returned to them. 43:30–31: וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת ...
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Does amirah L'akum apply to robots?

Can you ask/instruct a robot on shabbos to perform melacha on your behalf? Would this fall under the same category as amirah l'akum?
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Woman going out on Shabbath with a “Moch”

The Gemara (שבת, פ׳ במה בהמה) has lengthy discussions about animals going out with covers tied to their udders or other extremities, and repeatedly (briefly) mentions a Zav wearing a sac to catch his ...
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Benediction to be recited over stuffing?

On Thanksgiving, many have the custom to eat stuffing, which usually incorporates bread as a major ingredient, with their turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. What bracha should be recited up it? ...
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Bakery workers washing Negel Vasser

In my local bakery there are Jewish non religious workers. Is there a concern that perhaps when they are handling the baked goods they have not washed negel Vasser (morning n'tilas yadayim)?
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Using a Stamp from an RSVP Card

Many invitations come with return card envelopes that are already affixed with proper postage. Suppose, the recipient of such a card has no intention of replying (or decides to reply by some other ...
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Getting up by alos hashachar — Halachically required?

That which the Machaber writes in the first siman of Shulchan Aruch: יתגבר כארי לעמוד בבוקר לעבודת בוראו, שיהא הוא מעורר השחר From here could one say that if one doesn't get up by alos hashachar ...
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Daf Yomi and a half-Daf

What is typically done in the Daf Yomi Shi'ur when a Masechta ends with a half-Daf (ie., an 'Amud, or single-sided page, vs. a full Daf, which is the double-sided page that is studied daily)? Is ...
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What is the right way to wave the lulav and esrog in the down direction?

We wave the lulav and esrog (4 minim) in six directions including “down”. What is the right way to wave down? I have seen two procedures. 1) The 4 minim are held lower (nearer to the ground) than ...
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Onah and Sukkos?

Does the Mitzvah of sleeping in the Sukkah supersede the mitzvah of Onah? (one would think not, as it is a chov to someone else.) If not, is one supposed to fulfill mitzvas Onah and then retire to the ...
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What does “Maaseh Rav” mean?

I believe many people think the term "Maaseh Rav" means a story of a Rabbi: since we see from the story that a Rabbi acted a certain way, we can bring this as a proof to the halacha. However, I ...
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Borer and Grinding on Yom Tov - and other Melachoth that are Ochel Nefesh

Which Melachoth are prohibited on Shabbath but are permissible to perform on Yom Tov because of the exception of Ochel Nefesh? Famously, cooking and carrying in the public domain are allowed, yet ...
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What is a person's consciousness in the next world?

I have heard in the name of the baalei mussar that the same consciousness you have in this world carries through to the next. In other words the same "I" that you relate to in this world remains the ...
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Why did Noach plant a vineyard?

The first mention the torah makes of wine and vineyards is in Gen 9:20-21, when Noach plants a vineyard and then gets drunk on wine after the flood. What prompted him to plant a vineyard as, ...
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What is the אדני השדה

The Mishna in Kelaim 8:5 talks about the אדני השדה . I know of a few perushim who say that this is a type of monkey (Tiferes Yisroel syas that it's an orangutang). If you look in the Yerushalmi on ...
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Does Friday night's Shabbat ceremony have to centre around a meal?

Is it necessary that the giving of thanks for Shabbat, including lighting of candles, blessings over bread, and the Kiddush need centre around the consumption of a 'main' meal? I ask for those ...
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Nezikin for Annoyances?

Is there any concept of Nezikin for simple annoyances like in secular nuisance law? What if said annoyances cause difficulty sleeping, studying, or working?
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Does a borrower-lender / borrower-bailor have a claim against his borrower/bailee?

If a shoel (someone who borrowed non-fungible personalty) re-lent the borrowed item to a further borrower (which he may not do), the original borrower (i.e., the relender) is liable to the original ...
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May one have augmentative cosmetic surgery?

I realize much of the discussion on plastic surgery can be found in the answers to this question. However, the actual question was only addressing nose surgery. I would like to to know: If there ...
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The essence of a thing is in its Hebrew name?

Based on this comment here. According to Kabbalah, how do physical objects derive their life-force from their Hebrew name, if Hebrew doesn't have names for everything?
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Why do we say havdala if we already said ata chonantanu?

Based on my question here and the sources given by Double AA here it would seem logical that if ata chonantanu was the original havdala (and that is why we would say it even if we had already heard ...
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Tevila on mouthwash cup

In some people's sink area they keep a glass or metal cup to wash their mouth out after they brush their teeth. Must one Tovel that cup even though they don't swallow the water/liquid? Plus, even if ...
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Can someone kindly explain the Malachi 3. 23 -24?

In Malachi 3:23 -24 it says 23. Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord, 24. that he may turn the heart of the fathers back through ...
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Is there a spiritual meaning to wearing a Kippah?

Is there a spiritual meaning to wearing a Kippah? Why does G-d what our heads covered? Is it a sign that we are under a "covering" from G-d?
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Are bells on toys muktzeh?

Are bells muktzeh? Does the presence of bells on a toy make it muktzeh? Here are two types of bells in question:
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Why are the words “mezuzos” written differently in the Torah (Rashi)?

There are two paragraphs in the Torah where the word mezuzos appears. The first, in Vaeschanan (6:9), is written with a kubutz (no vav)- מְזֻזוֹת . The second, in Eikev (11:20), it is written with a ...
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“HagGomel” and Sefer Torah

The widespread practice seems to say the beracha of HagGomel in the presence of a Sefer Torah. Is this a halacha or a minhag? What is the source for this practice? Furthermore, what is the ...
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Ashkenazim and Kitniyot on Erev Pesach

The following hypothetical case was raised in class today: An American (ashkenazic) Jew is visiting Israel. On Erev Pesach, he has a hankering for sushi (the word hankering was not used in class -- ...
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Must a publicly owned building be cleaned for Passover?

Is the community responsible to have publicly owned buildings (such as synagogues, batei midrashot and libraries) cleaned for pesach? Does it matter if it will be used or not over the holiday? If ...
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Recommendation for Purim divrei Torah (not “Purim torah”)

I've been reading through the Malbim Esther and have found it fascinating reading, and I was wondering whether there are any other notable seforim with divrei Torah about Purim. I am going through the ...
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What are (all) the Havdalah halachic times?

What are all the halachic opinions for when to do havdalah? I'm writing a calendar and I want to provide all the options that people use. The ones I've seen are: 42 min after sunset ?? 72 min after ...
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Seeking Mevaseret Sion

On Doresh-Tzion.co.il I see Rav Mutzafi Shelit"a quoting his book "Mevaseret Tzion" many times (and I also hear Rav Meir Eliyahu Shelit"a quote it). Does anyone know where I can purchase this book?
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Archeological finds related to King Hezekiah's closing a wellspring under Jerusalem?

The Gemara says that King Hezekiah (Chizkiyahu) closed one of the springs of water in (under?) Jerusalem, so the Assyrian army wouldn't be able to use it. Do we have any guesses what exactly that ...
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Did Paroh give offerings

In Shemos 10:25, Moshe told that Paroh himself will give offerings to Hashem. Did this really happen?
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Is there any Jewish-Muslim dialogue that has come to an agreement on anti-Jewish Hadith? [closed]

This link came to my inbox today. It is a pro-Israel, and pro-Jewish website, to be sure, but my question is; Is it being fair to Islam, at least as far as we know? Are there elements in Judaism ...
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Do tzitzit have to be white?

Based on this answer do tzitzit have to be white? Where is the source that they should be? I know that they are supposed to have at least one blue (techelet) string, but even that is disputed ...
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Gemara on volunteering?

I heard that there was a Gemara to the effect of "volunteers cost more than employees because their motivation is not as good" -- or somesuch. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Do I have to know what brucha I'm making before I begin saying the brucha?

If I'm eating an apple, can I say "Baruch atah Hashem elokenu melech haolam" before I decide that the brucha I'm making is a Haeitz, and not Mezonot, Shahakol, or Haadamah?

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