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Are all אוזני המן halachically equal?

Is it permissible for a shul to serve אוזני המן (Hamantaschen) without including poppy seed or chocolate ones? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See ...
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Step-by-step Kashering: Libbun

What is the step by step process of Kashering for the method of Libbun? Assume I've never done it before, and I am taking a recently used, non-Kosher oven and stove, as well as a frying pan, for ...
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May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?

May the One Ring be used to be mekadesh a woman? At least from one perspective, the Ring seems ideal, given the verse: אַשׁ נַזְגּ דֻּרְבַּתֻּלֻקּ, אַשׁ נַזְגּ גִּמְבַּתֻּלּ , אַשׁ נַזְגּ ...
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Is “recycling” Mishloach Manot halachically acceptable?

Inevitably, this happens to me almost every year. I give mishloa'ch manot to Shmer'l. Shmer'l take some of my mishloa'ch manot and gives it to Chatzkel. Chatzkel, not knowing that the huge ...
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Why is adloyada not recognizing the difference between “ארור המן” and “ברוך מרדכי”? [on hold]

Why is adloyada not recognizing the difference between "ארור המן" and "ברוך מרדכי"? Even then you have to be somewhat sentient. Growing up, I always thought that it was when you boo or make noise for ...
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Connection of Gog and Yavan/Greece

I saw somewhere that "Gog" mentioned in the Torah is Greece. Does anyone know a source for this?
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May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?

This is a hatmana (insulation) question. I want to know if there is an issue with putting food on the platta on Shabbos day and then putting a thick towel ontop of that food in order for the food to ...
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whats the diffrence

Whits teh difference btween arur hAman and Baruch mosses? -- This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy
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Do you force yourself to eat Shalosh Seuda if you are not hungry?

Let's say on a short winter Shabbos you had a large meal on Friday night and another large midday meal on Shabbos day. The midday meal lasts a few hours and now it is close to the end of the day. ...
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Meaning of the term “Amen Ve'Amen”?

Upon completing a lecture many rabbis end their blessings with the words "Amen Ve'Amen" (True and True). The source for this quote seems to be Tehillim 41:14. What is meant by the repetition of the ...
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Mosaic Law and ISIS

Recently I had a conversation about ISIS with a friend who is Catholic by faith, he said that ISIS should be stopped but that we (The US or any other foreign power) should not kill them, whereas I ...
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Is wearing masks on Purim a Biblical Commandment or a Rabbinic Commandment?

As we all know, wearing masks on Purim is a Mitzva. Is it from the Torah, or was it only originated in the times of Esther, making it Rabbinic? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to ...
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Prayer and the Noahide/Gentile

I know that Noahides have their own siddur and are not bound or obligated to pray, but could one (a Noahide) pray the actual Amhidah for example and omit the words "our" or anything that connects them ...
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how would you translate כמה דתימא

In Midrash Rabbah Bereshit we have היך מה דאת אמר first (as you read [verse]). But then Rabba HaOshaya uses this expression כמה דתימא and he quotes a verse. The last part דתימא i don't understand how ...
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Being Machmir in “Matanot Laevyonim”

Purim is always a rough time for me, as I am always worried about being mekayem Matanot Laevyonim properly. The problem is of course that if you share an עני with someone else, then if the other guy ...
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was God actively involved in bringing out the holocaust

did the holocaust occur due to G-d's active involvement or was it due to Him merely removing His protection from them.
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Jesus the Rabbi [on hold]

To all of my Jewish friends, Blessings. As we are coming up to the celebration of Easter what Jewish holidays will you be celebrating during the Passion week? Also, may non Jews attend Synagogue? If ...
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tehillim division not equal lengths

What is the logic behind the unequal divisions of Tehillim into days of the month; the sections are of very varying lengths i.e. the "longest days" are twice the length of the "shortest days?"
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What did “נ ג ה ש” stand for before the Hanukkah miracle?

A well known reason we play dreidel on Hanukkah is this: Before the miracle of Hanukkah, when those who controlled the land severely restricted Torah study, Jewish children would gather to study Torah ...
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How can a person who can't read Hebrew be yotzeh the megillah?

Jews are obligated to hear the reading of the megillah during the night and day of Purim. For someone who doesn't know how to read Hebrew, what should he do while sitting in shul and listening to the ...
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What is the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism?

The pomegranate as a symbol in adorning the robe of the high priest, engraved on the pillars of the temple and brought by the spies to show the fruits of the land of Israel. Is there an explanation of ...
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Charbonah related to destruction?

Charbonah is the person who reminded Ahashverosh about the tree that Haman made to hang Mordechai on. I realize that the names of most of the people mentioned in the Megillah are Persian. However, ...
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Burying face down in Judaism

I understand in other cultures burying face down is a sign of disgrace and is generally frowned upon. How is it viewed in Judaism? Is the position of the body at burial of concern? If a body is buried ...
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What is the traditional Jewish name for this dish?

My wife's minhag (that she made up bli nedder) is to make chicken stuffed wontons for the family Purim Seuda. This year she decided to dig deeper into the minhag she made up last Thursday and made ...
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If my teeth are extracted, are they conisder shaimos?

Shemot 13:9 says: למען תהיה תורח ה בפיך So that G-d's Torah should be in your mouth. So, my teeth are in my mouth together with the Torah, and they absorbed some of the Torah, too. So, I guess ...
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How should we profit from wine?

The Gemara in Megillah 7b says מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן לברוך מרדכי A person is obligated to besumi on Purim until he doesn't know the difference between the ...
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Are there reliable Rav Hamchshir for certified pre-owned Hondas?

In my neighborhood, many of my frum neighbors drive Honda Odysseys. They are a popular minivan esp. for families with lots of kids. I asked someone about her car and what it costs. She said that she ...
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Rishonim saying Ester took place during the second bayis

Elsewhere on this site, avi cited sources to the effect that, contrary to the Bavli (M'gila), the events recounted in the book of Ester took place after the second bes hamikdash was built. Do any ...
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Why was Moshe told to put two cabbages on top of the Aron?

Shmot 25:19: ועשה כרוב אחד מקצה מזה וכרוב אחד מקצה מזה And make one cabbage on this side and one cabbage on this side What purpose do the 2 cabbages have doing on top of the ark? Wouldn't ...
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Perl Programming in the Torah

According to Rav xkcd (an oft quoted authority in Bam), the universe was written in perl. Since the Torah is the blueprint of creation, it follows that it must contain a Perl Programming manual. Where ...
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What's kabbalistic term for chakras? [on hold]

In Sanātana/Hindu, Buddhism and tantric/yogic traditions chakras are energy points in the astral body (Haluka D'Rabbanan is Torah term for astral body - literally a “rabbi's cloak”). So what's then ...
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Was Achashverosh drunk throughout the Megillah?

Achashverosh has almost no agency in Megillah. He basically walks around signing whatever anyone tells him to sign and making edicts out of anger. Was he totally schnockered from the half year of ...
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Why do we read VaYechal on Taanis Esther?

Taanis Esther is the day when Esthers fast (or else it would be Taanis Mordechai). Why do we read Vayechal on this day? All days are celebrated in the same way they were first celebrated. Pesach - ...
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Does Kabalah require us to follow the Atkins Diet?

During sholas sedudos we say אתקינו סעודתא, a remez to the Atkins Diet. It includes descriptions like "זעיר אנפין" -- make your face smaller (thinner), and even instructions about "וַחֲקַל ...
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Is there a chasidus that is makpid on dikduk?

I know siddur chabad meant to be meduyak but I'd like to know if other chassidus or their rebbes are makpid on correct dikduk / wording as I often read they are not on pronunciation, accentuation and ...
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Antibiotics, Strep and Taanit Esther

Can someone with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, but can not swallow the antibiotics dry or with minimal water, take the medicine using a full glass of water and/or dissolving the ...
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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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Why Don't Ashkenasim say ברכו at the end of Shabbos Mussaf?

I noticed that while Sephardim do in fact say: ברכו את ה המבורך at the conclusion of Mussaf on Shabbos, it seems that Ashkenasim (at least the shuls that I go to) don't. Is there a reason for this? A ...
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Why are most machine matzas rectangular, not square?

Your average machine matza is almost square, but if you look carefully has one dimension longer than the other. How did this come about, and why?
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Adam masculine and feminine?

I've gotten the advice to ask this question apart from another question i asked (Elohim plural singular): so here it is Bereshit 5:1 reads according to my own words: 'In/On the day that Elohim ...
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What does אקים means?

Does אקים means "I will resurrect" or "I will raise up"? Are these terms synonyms? Consider this: וְעָבְדוּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם, וְאֵת דָּוִד מַלְכָּם, אֲשֶׁר אָקִים לָהֶם. But they shall ...
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Sephardic Halakhoth for Kashering a Sink

Moving into a new place, the previous tenant was not Jewish, and the sink is made from porcelain. i know that Hacham Ovadia Yosef Zal allowed Sephardim to kasher a porcelain sink for Pesach by using ...
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What did “נ ג ה פ” stand for before the miracle?

As is well known, the reason we play dreidel on Hanukkah is this: Before the miracle of Hanukkah, when the gentiles who controlled the land severely restricted Torah study, Jewish children would ...
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Is there a best time of year to make aliya?

If one has decided to make aliya, are there particularly good (or bad) times during the year to do so, beyond the desire to be there for chagim? Factors that seem relevant would include tax-related ...
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“Peyshar Davar” - mi yodeya?

Who knows what the meaning of "a thing" is? פשר דבר - מי יודע?‏ Kohelet 8:1 expresses uncertainty about the meaning of "a thing": ... וּמִ֥י יוֹדֵ֖עַ פֵּ֣שֶׁר דָּבָ֑ר ... ... and who ...
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How to fold Esther's scroll

The custom is to unroll the m'gila and fold it over, 'page' over 'page', before reading it in public on Purim, then to roll it up again before reciting the b'racha after the reading. Suppose there's ...
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Is it a assur to arrive at schul early?

I have always noticed that the rabbanim in the schuls I attend typically arrive after the beginning of tefillah. On the other hand, many ba'alei battim are makpid to arrive on time or a few minutes ...
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Structure and form of the ketubah

Where can I find a list of requirements for a ketubah (what it needs say, how it needs to be phrased, and - most importantly - what invalidates it from being a kosher ketubah)?
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Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows ninety-five? 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 the ...

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