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Taking three steps with limited space

The Shulchan Arukh describes the measurement of the three steps back taken after amidah in OC 122:3 (translation my own): וְשִׁעוּר פְּסִיעוֹת אֵלּוּ, לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת, הוּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּתֵּן ...
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Is the use of the term “Glatt Kosher” a case of “Genivat Da'at”?

My understanding of the term "Glatt kosher" which I heard from 3 different mashgichim (kashrut supervisors) The term "glatt" means "smooth" and applies only to beef and lamb. (I would assume that it ...
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Precedent for Forbidding Conversion

The Syrian community has a Takkanah in place which bars conversion. In addition to forbidding conversion under their own auspices, they also "Never accept a convert or a child born of a convert", as ...
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German and Ethiopian Jews in the time of the Mishna?

According to Negaim 3:1, the laws of negaim only apply to Jews (הכל מטּמאין בנגעים חוץ מגוים), but according to Negaim 2:1 they apply to people from Germany (גרמני) and Ethiopia (or Numibia, etc; ...
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Is stepping over people an עין הרע [duplicate]

There are people who don't let someone step over them either because of עין הרע or it will stunt their growth. Is there any source behind this claim?
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Where does the Zohar mention each day's challenges?

The Artscroll Stone Chumash on page 80, note 11, says the following: באים בימים - Coming with [their] days. The Zohar says, "Each day in a person's life carries with it it's own challenge and ...
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Please explain the idea of the Chair of Elijah in synagogue

What is the purpose and meaning of the Chair of Elijah? I understand that (some?) synagogues have a chair called the Chair of Elijah. Does this mean that it is a special chair that is set aside for ...
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If a virgin birth actually disqualifies a Messianic candidate, how then should Isaiah 7:14 be interpreted?

Earlier today in chat, I saw this: Jewish identity is matrilinial. Jewish tribal lineage is patrilinial. If Jesus had no biological father, then he could not be from the tribe of Judah, as ...
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Which parts of the seder must be performed individually?

I have always wondered something about the Passover seder. Is the host being motzi everyone with his seder plate, or does everyone/every head of household* need to make a plate and personally carry ...
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Which prohibition does one commit when viewing pornography?

Excluding wasting one's seed (hotzas zera l'vatelah) and Bittul Torah (wasting one's time by not learning Torah), which Jewish commandment or law (Biblical or Rabbinic) is one breaking when viewing ...
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Does Rav discourage study of Scripture?

I read the following on Yerushalmi Online: Rav said: As soon as man goes forth from Halachic to Scripture study he no longer has peace. And Shmuel said: It means one who leaves Talmud for ...
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Proper day and time for a Shloshim Seuda

per Chabad.Org: "Traditionally, families gather on the eve of the Shloshim to share support, recite prayers and Psalms, and to give charity in the merit of the deceased. Many will also make a Siyum, ...
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Why does Torah study rein in the Evil Inclination?

The Talmud in Kidushin 30b states that torah study is essential activity for gaining control of the evil inclination. "... so too the Holy One blessed be He said: 'I have created the evil ...
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אף על פי ואף על גב why these words? [on hold]

Why would something that literally means "nose on mouth" and "nose on back" be taken to mean "even though"? What's the connection?
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Do the forty-eight qualities with which Torah is acquired correspond to the days of the counting of the omer?

Pirkei Avot 6:6 includes a list of forty-eight (48) qualities with which Torah is acquired: Study, listening, verbalizing, comprehension of the heart, awe, fear, humility, joy, purity, serving the ...
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What's significant about starting the parsha at Ki Tisa?

The first two aliyot of Parshat Ki Tisa are pretty long. Then the rest are all very short. I was told that the reason for this is that we want to give the Levi the aliyah that praises him, when ...
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What is the function of this Drasha?

Brachos 64a: אמר רבי אלעזר אמר רבי חנינא תלמידי חכמים מרבים שלום בעולם שנאמר (ישעיהו נד, יג) "וכל בניך למודי ה' ורב שלום בניך" אל תקרי בניך אלא בוניך What is the function of this Al ...
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What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? [on hold]

What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? Any tips to keep in mind while studying it? It's the start of a new Seder of Talmud so it may have a different manner ...
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Take away a neder

Is it possible to remove a neder through saying kol nidre alone on a regular weekday? And if not, what possibilities are there to remove a neder without asking a Beit din.
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Why “Hamotzi Lechem” instead of “Hamotzi Chitah”?

A bread question in time for Pesach! The words to the blessing over bread are: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ which ends with "...who brings forth ...
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Is Halakhic law man-made?

I heard it is. I heard that the Torah only states what is wrong (adultery, stealing, killing, etc.), but it doesn't establish any punishment for it. So some men decided to assign stoning to the crime ...
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555 views

Keeping Kosher and Leather

I would like to ask a question regarding something I am quite confused by. Why is it okay to wear leather from an animal slaughtered not in a kosher fashion yet you cannot eat that animal's meat? To ...
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Shemona Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty eight? שמונה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?

Various sources say that "12,000 pairs" of Rabbi Akiva's students died between Pesach and Shavuos because they did not treat each other with respect. See Genesis Rabba 61:3, Ecclesiastes Rabba 11, ...
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118 views

Why are different psalms chanted differently in the Moroccan tradition?

I'm listening to the Moroccan T'hilim recordings at Torat Hashem T'mimah, and I noticed that, in the first day of t'hilim, psalms 1-11 are recited in one trope and psalm 12 uses a different one. It ...
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When Honoring An Elder Results In Violation of Mitzvos [on hold]

How does a Jew balance conflicting directives of honoring one's elders, and speaking up if one sees or feels something is inherently wrong? What is the path to peace with self, halakha, and G-d in ...
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חַשְׁמוֹנָאִי or חַשְׁמוֹנַאי which is correct?

Artscroll English Siddur has in the על הנסים the word as חַשְׁמוֹנַאי. The Artscroll all Hebrew Siddur has the word as חַשְׁמוֹנָאִי. Which is correct? Is there a difference in meaning if it is ...
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Origin, need, and purpose of “Upper” trope for reading 10 Commandments

Most תקון לקוראים (study "guide used by Torah reader to prepare for reading weekly Torah portion) that I have seen have a special trope for the reading of the 10 Commandments called טעם עליון (loosely ...
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Messiah concept in Qumran [on hold]

Shalom, What does dead sea scrolls say about coming of Messiah? and what does people of Qumran believe in coming of Messiah? Did they believe in two Messiahs? And what does Jews nowadays believe in ...
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Why do we need to count omer for fifty days exactly?

We count the omer from the second day of Pesach until or before Shavuot totalling 50 days. Why do we need to count up to 50 days and why is the 50th day connected to Shavuot? In other ways why does ...
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Why is the section of ארמי אובד אבי chosen as the main part of Maggid in the Seder?

Bab. Talmud Pesachim 116b says that during the Seder, one begins with shame / humility and ends with praise. Meaning, that during the Magid section of the Seder, we begin with the "mood" of our humble ...
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Why does the Torah say ואלה תולדת יצחק?

Parashat Toldot starts with the words ואלה תולדת יצחק בן אברהם; אברהם הוליד את יצחק These are the generations of Yitzhak the son of Avraham; Avraham gave birth to Yitzhak. Normally when the ...
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Is pleasuring yourself without masturbation permitted in Judaism?

I know masturbation is aveira in Judaism, but what about stimulating one's sex organs without ejaculation? If I fear I may masturbate, is it permissible to touch or simulate my genitals but just not ...
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Jewish Minecraft instructions?

My 8 year old son wants to build a mizbeyach or a simple beit hamikdash structure on Minecraft. I know nothing about Minecraft and he is not great at it, though he uses it a lot. Does anyone know how ...
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Dismantling a Succah on Chol Hamoed in order to rebuild it

A succah is huktsa, set apart, for its mitzvah usage and therefore cannot be dismantled on Succos. See here in the Shulchan Aruch. To clarify, although the words used in the shulchan aruch are to ...
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What happened to the academy of Shem? [duplicate]

Shem had a Torah Academy while Abraham was alive? Abraham studied there? What happened to the Academy?
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Blessing after bread when eating alone

When I am eating a meal alone and that meal includes bread what parts of the Birkat Hamazon do I pray? Which parts do I exclude? And please be specific. (I use the Schottenstein Artscroll siddur ...
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What was red in the stew that Jacob made for Esau?

Genesis 25:29–30 (JPS): And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I ...
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Bris for non-Jewish boy whose parents are converting

If in the process of conversion, a couple has a baby boy, what is done regarding the bris? They have not yet fully converted, but are in the process, with a Rabbi and regularly attending synagogue ...
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How to respect your wife (what type of respect)

What does it mean practically from a halohik point of view to respect your wife. Can i do it by standing for her when she comes in? I know that by parents it is to feed, drink, dress, cover, ...
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Proving Jewish identity through gravestone

What needs to be considered to show that under a grave marker lies a Jewish person?
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1answer
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Kel Maleh Rachamim for Jewish martyrs

I am looking for variant texts of Kel Maleh Rachamim for the shoah, for Jewish martyrs generally, and for members of the IDF who perished in battle.
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Story of Pesach during 2nd year in desert - Where did they get the dough for matzot?

Rashi on Exodus 16:1:1: בחמשה עשר יום. נתפרש היום של חניה זו, לפי שבו ביום כלתה החררה שהוציאו ממצרים והצרכו למן, למדנו שאכלו משירי הבצק [משירי המצה] ששים ואחת סעודות, : Summary: The Torah ...
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Rabbi “shopping”

Is there any explicit halachah against going to different rabbanim to find the most lenient one for a specific shaylah? I know it says in pirkei avos "asei l'cho rav", but what if you don't have a ...
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Has the minhag regarding weddings during the Omer changed recently?

My father in law was a musician. He explained that other than Lag Ba'Omer and beginning 3 days before Shavuot, there were no weddings at all during the Omer. Even though, there are two versions of the ...
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Is there “Torah Inerrancy”?

Is there Torah inerrancy? In other words, does the Torah contain no factual errors: the Noah flood did occur, Garden of Eden did exist, Adam and Eve did live there and were subsequently expelled, etc ...
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Is there any reason a Jewish woman should not shake hands with a non-Jewish man?

My question refers to the custom of certain groups to prohibit all physical contact between men and women who are not spouses or related. Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch ...
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99 views

To what crying was Hashem responding?

In Bereishit 21, Avraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out with water. When the water is done, she sends him over to some trees and removes herself so as not to see his suffering. According to pasuk 16, she ...
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Does a Jewish idolater's pouring of non-mevushal wine make that wine forbidden to himself?

We see from this answer that wine poured by a Jew who rejects Judaism is yayin nesech. Would that cause the wine to be forbidden even to himself, or is it only forbidden to others? Would he be ...
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Can a person move during Chol HaMoed Pesach?

I understand no melacha is permitted during the first two days and last two days of Pesach, but can a person move during Chol HaMoed?

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