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Wearing Tallis/Tzitzit at night

I have read in Rabbi Hertzel Hillel Yitzchak's book Tzel Heharim: Tzitzit that it is permissable for a chazzan to wear a tallis at night (see page 60 of that book) provided that he does not have an ...
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On shabbos there are three meals. Why does the last meal not have the distinction of requiring kiddush?

If every meal on shabbos is a seudas mitzvah why does sudas shilshis not have the honor of having a kiddush?
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When should one start building one's Sukkah?

Some people start putting their Sukkos up the week of Rosh Hashanah. I understand that people don't want to do things until the last minute. However, in my opinion, the earlier one starts putting his ...
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Did 1 million Ethiopians really attack Israel?

2 Chronicles 14:8: And Zerah the Cushite came out against them with an army of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots, and he came as far as Mareshah. How could the Ethiopians have an ...
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why is the order of kiddush different at night from the day?

multiple parts to this question... At night time why do we mention the wine before the day? It would seem most appropriate that after making the bracha on the wine there should be no interruption ...
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Why do Jews look before crossing streets?

If Jews claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, why do we look before we cross the road? I'm a Jewish man myself and personally never look before crossing and have ...
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Saying “HaMakom yenachem…” multiple times

Does one say "HaMakom yenachem..." each time one visits/leaves a shiva house or only once during the shiva period? I recall someone telling me one only says it once, but I cannot find any source for ...
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Is it forbidden to wear a snap-brim Borsolino fedora on Shabbos?

The Talmud, at Shabbos 138b, presents the opinion that one may not wear a siyana -- which Rashi defines as a wide-brimmed hat -- on Shabbos if it has a brim that is one tefach (hand-bredth) wide ...
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Chabad Houses singing Yedid Nefesh before Kabalash Shabbos

In the Nusach Ari used by Chabad, Yedid Nefesh appears as a continuation of Pasach Eliyahu to be said before Mincha. The standard print of the Tehilas Hashem siddur explicitly instructs to say it ...
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When is the proper time to say Berich Shemei? [duplicate]

I have read and heard that (ideally) Berich Shemei should be said after the sefer Torah has been taken out of the ahron. Is this true? What is the source and idea behind this?
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How do Karaites shecht?

Simlah Chadasha writes (2:25) that those groups of people that do not accept the validity of the Oral Torah such as צדוקים (Sadducees) is acceptable, because even though all laws of kosher slaughter ...
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Kohenim Taking shoes off during rosh hashana

Why did Kohenim take off their shoes on the bimah during a certain prayer on Rosh hashana? Why did they also hold their tallit up over their heads more like tents with their arms raised?
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suggestions on staying dry without an eruv on shabbos

What are some suggestions on staying dry in the rain without an eruv on shabbos? Wearing a raincoat? Is there any issue with wearing more than one coat at a time and also removing it when it is ...
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Koren Machzor and Shochen Ad

Last year I started using the Koren machzorim and I realized that the Ashkenaz editions use the wrong Shochen Ad. In most other machzorim, the section "B'fi Yisharim" forms acrostics of the names of ...
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What's the difference between שמחה and חדוה?

The Gra was quoted to me (I think from the Aderes Eliyah, but I'm not sure) as saying that during the shofar blowing on Rosh HaShanna a person should be in a state of simcha and chedva. I would like ...
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Is there a negative connotation to Yair Mazolam - יאיר מזלם?

Yesterday The Yeshiva World posted a letter the Lubavitcher Rabbi Zatzal sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon the birth of his son Yair. In the letter the Rabbi handwrote the words V'Yair ...
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Do Shaving Restrictions Apply to Bearded Women?

For example, if a woman were to have a beard, would she be permitted to shave it off with a razor or otherwise destroy it, or do these restrictions apply to both men and women?
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Were women allowed to offer korbanot on private altars?

When private altars were permitted (heter bamot) were women allowed to offer sacrifices on them or was it similar to the temple where only men were allowed to offer the sacrifices?
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Beracha acharona on a mixture of two of the seven species of Israel

If one eats a mixture of two of the 7 species of Israel where one is the ikar and the other a tofel (for example, Wheaties with grapes used as toppings). Using the principal of ikar and tofel, only a ...
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the reason for a tallit being used as a chuppah

Is there any reason for or significance to a tallit being used as the chuppah canopy in a Jewish wedding?
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Why did Abraham treat his three visitors in this way?

I am new to this site. I'd like to ask some questions on the interpretation and cultural significance of the events in Genesis 18 in the Bible. First, why does Abraham have Sarah use 3 seahs of ...
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How can I learn Yemenite ta'amei hamikrah?

I'm working with a student for his bar mitzvah whose family is Yemenite in origin, but has no living relatives who remember much of their tradition. He is interested in learning to leyn with Yemenite ...
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Is it permissible to use an umbrella on Shabbat?

Assuming one is inside an eruv which generally permits transferring between domains on Shabbat, may one use an umbrella on Shabbat? If not, why not? Follow-up question: What about other things that ...
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What is the significance of the ten azharos of tshuva?

Rashi in Yeshayah chapter 1 vs. 16 tells us that the ten words in the next two pukim, רחצו, הזכו, הסירו, חדלו, למדו, דרשו, אשרו, שפטו, ריבו, are all אזהרות של לשון תשובה כנגד עשרת ימי תשובה, וכנגד ...
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Are Jews commanded to love Muslims?

Does the Jewish tradition command Jews to love Muslims, who believe in the same God as the Jews do, as opposed to Christians, who worship avodah zarah (A human being worshipped as an Idol)?
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Are minor fasts obligatory?

Are "minor" fasts such as Taanit Esther ("Fast of Esther"; i.e. the day before Purim) or Tzom Gedaliyah ("Fast of Gedaliyah"; i.e. the day after Rosh Hashanah) optional or obligatory? Under what ...
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What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?

What Berachah does one make on a kiwi berry? It grows on a perennial vine, which can climb very high (ha'etz) or snake along the ground (ha'adamah).
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Trapping mosquitoes on Shabbat

If there's a mosquito found on a wall on shabbat, are you allowed to place a cup over it and slide a sheet of paper under it and remove it from the house? The reason for doing this would be that you ...
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How to make Purim more female friendly?

At a recent Shabbat meal the conversation was about how Purim was a "guy holiday" where women felt like second class citizens, especially married women who often found themselves cooking the seuda, ...
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Drowning ants in the sink on Shabbat

If there are ants (or other creepy-crawlies) in a sink on Shabbat, what is permitted to do with them when using the sink? Here are some things i can think of: Intentionally avoid pouring water on ...
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Watching TV on weekdays (not on shabbat)

Is it generally allowed to watch TV at my home (I am male and living alone)? I wrote "generally," meaning watching on a regular weekday (i.e. not Shabbat or Holiday) and just watching normal programs, ...
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Why a formulaic greeting on ליל ראש השנה?

On Rosh Hashana night, it is customary to greet one another with "לשנה טובה תכתב (ותחתם)‏" (Rama 582:9, MB). People (in my experience) and machzorim (Rosh Hashana prayer books) treat this as ...
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Should you say mashiv haruach if it's raining?

If it is currently raining in your location and it is not the proper time to say mashiv haruach, should you say it anyways? Mashiv haruach, unlike v'ten tal umatar, is a recognition of God's power to ...
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Taschlich Bread crumbs on Yom Tov

What is, and more over is there a source for throwing of bread during Tashlich (other then the Kids song that says to throw our Aveiros away)? The reason for the the question is because on Rosh ...
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What is the meaning of surnames that number-related? [on hold]

I deal a lot with names, whether given names or family names, especially as I collect genealogical information. So recently I'm puzzled about some Germanic-Jewish names that are related to numbers. ...
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Maharal a Mashal to the female Jewish spouse

I'm not sure if the Maharal says this per se but I heard a beautiful mashal on the woman: when this object or matter changes shape the outer object or matter changes to that shape and so on. The inner ...
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Which Animals Have Only One Kosher Sign?

Vayikra 11:4-7 mentions four animals that either chew their cud or have split hooves, but do not posses both kosher signs and are therefore not kosher. At the present time, is this a complete list or ...
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Praying for rain in the Diaspora

Why on this year (and on other years that precede civil leap years) do we start praying for rain in the Diaspora (by inserting the phrase 'Vetein tal umatar") at maariv of December 5 and not maariv of ...
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When was the last time the “Leap Year” postponement rule was used to delay the date of Rosh Hashannah?

This site explains that there are 4 rules that would cause Rosh Hashannah to be postponed 1 or 2 days after the date of Molad Tishrei. You can view all 4 rules on the web site, but rule 4 states: ...
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How was Tevilas Ezra effective in limiting conjugal relations?

Many go to mikve (perform ritual immersion) every morning. One reason for this is voluntary continuation of a cancelled decree, Tevilas Ezra, meant to limit conjugal relations by requiring immersion ...
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If someone didn't appease their fellow, what do they say in Ashamnu?

The standardized "Ashamnu" viduy has in it several sins which are between one person and another, for example stealing or giving bad advice. If someone hasn't asked forgiveness from the victim, does ...
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What year was the first Shemita?

When was the first Shemita year? I want to compare with our years from 1800 til now.
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Source of non-verse in Selichot

In Ashkenazi Selichot, the following set of verses from Tanach (patterned around the opening verb ז.כ.ר.‏ to remember) appears towards the end of the Selichot service (there may be some slight ...
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Is it permissible to name one's child with a name from the opposite gender?

Is a person allowed to name a boy with a girl's name and vice versa? I remember seeing that one musn't, although in Nach one finds these things a lot. I understand it is not best practice for ...
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Gmar Chasima Tova - What does it mean?

When we wish one another during the Aseres Yemei Teshuva "Gmar Chasima Tova" what does it mean? Does it not depend on what is written in the document? What difference does it make if the seal is good ...
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What is the proper translation of Samuel 1:17?

I have seen two translations of Samuel 1:17. Mechon Mamre says: Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant thy petition that thou hast asked of Him The Art Scroll Rosh Hashannah Machzor ...
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Why don't we say Hallel on Rosh Hashanah?

For most months, on the first day (Rosh Hodesh) we say the Hallel service between Shacharit and Mussaf. For the first day of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah), however, we do not say Hallel. Why is it not ...
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How is the Sefer Ha'Aruch supposed to be used?

The Sefer Ha'Aruch is a type of dictionary that is quoted by Rashi and Tosfos. I took a look at the sefer the other day and couldn't figure out how it's supposed to be used. All I saw was a list of ...
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What does Selichot consist of?

In Sephardic tradition Selichot is said from the second day of Elul through to Yom Kippur. I did not practice all this growing up and am trying to understand now. What tefilot make up Sephardic ...
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Preparing food for Yom Tov Sheni

Orach Chaim 503 says that one may not prepare from the first day of Yom Tov for the second day of Yom Tov. However, if one is going to eat even one piece of meat on the first day, they may fill up a ...

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