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Do popcorn kernels have to be checked for bugs?

Do popcorn kernels have to be checked for bugs?
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Must the Purim feast take place in a location where it's Purim?

Somebody who is obligated to keep Shushan-Purim (on 15th Adar); must they eat the Seudat Purim in a location where Shushan Purim is being celebrated? In other words, on Shushan Purim, can 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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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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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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How much freedom in the ketuba writing [duplicate]

What is the minimum words of the ketuba (mandatory husband insurance) to have it be halochakli kosher lichathila (date, place, name, 200/100 zuz, witnesses) And sources please And please were can I ...
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Resurrection of the dead - when did this concept started?

From an historical point of view, when did Israelites begin to believe in the resurrection of the dead? In Klausner's book (p. 47) he states the following: "(...) in the time of Hosea the people ...
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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 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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Is a person forced to used his saved vacation days immediately for Hol Hamo'ed?

Let's assume that a family plans a trip to Israel for Hol Hamo'ed Succot 5776 to attend their daughter's wedding, there. To be in Israel, a person must use 10 vacation days from work. Pesach is ...
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Why did Haman change his mind and decide to immediately hang Mordechai?

In Esther 3:6, it states that Haman was embarrassed to harm Mordechai alone, so he casts lots to decide which date to kill the entire Jewish people. In 6:14, Haman builds a special gallows for ...
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מחני נא — Moshe's real name isn't mentioned

In Shemot 32:32, Moshe tells Hashem: וְעַתָּה אִם תִּשָּׂא חַטָּאתָם וְאִם אַיִן מְחֵנִי נָא מִסִּפְרְךָ אֲשֶׁר כָּתָבְתָּ: And now, if You forgive their sin But if not, erase me now from ...
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Pet cats, and Jewish home, but couple can't agree [on hold]

So a relationship question related to pets: Within a Jewish marriage: -One spouse has a need for a pet cat (stress, emotional, whatever the reason). -The other spouse doesn't ever want a pet cat ...
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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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Is the “Special K” a reliable hechsher?

Recently, I saw this logo on a package of cereal: I couldn't locate any information on the web about this kosher symbol. Is this hechsher reliable? Who is the head mashgiach? This question is ...
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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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How did the sons of Haman die? (Chronology of Esther chapter 9)

The 10 sons of Haman were hanged as we read in the Megillah. (Esther 9:14) But it appears they were killed by the sword. Is this a correct chronology of the story / facts? Haman was hanged on or ...
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Was Mordechai upset that Ahashverush purposely hid from the rabbis the fact that drinking was like a religion?

Esther 1:8 והשתיה כדת אין אנס כי כן יסד המלך על כל רב ביתו "The drinking was like a religion. It was no accident that the king kept it a secret from the rabbis of his household." My understanding ...
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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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“God looked into the Torah to create the world”

There is a known saying written in many places, including the Zohar and Medrash Bereishis Rabba, that says: "God looked at the Torah and then made the world". What is the meaning of this saying? The ...
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Was Haman so discourteous as to bother the king's sleep?

There are actually 2 related parts to thi squestion: Haman is annoyed with Mordechai and discusses with Zeresh, his wife and his wise advisers what to do. In Esther 5:14, they tell him to make a tall ...
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Why has it not become customary for people to wish each other “Good Yontiff” on Purim?

I can't recall people wishing each other "Gut Yuntiff" (or similar, like "Good Yom Tov") or any reference to Yom Tov on Purim. (Maybe someone does, but I'm unaware of this.) Why don't people do this ...
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Who was the son of Rabi Meir's father-in-law?

The gemara in Chulin 6b mentions Rabi Yehoshua ben Zeruz, the son of the father-in-law of Rabi Meir as having given testimony about a certain practice of Rabi Meir. The way the relationship is ...
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What's generally considered the biggest risk David took in Samuel II? [on hold]

According to general Jewish exegesis, what's considered the biggest, most high-stakes risk David took throughout all of Samuel II?
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For those that consider Chabad to be heretical, would a woman that received a Get from their Beis Din require another Get?

For those that hold that Chabad are heretical in one way or another (see Rav Shach's speech, Rabbinical Council of America (1996) etc.), would a woman that was given a Get from their beis din require ...
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Recommendation for beginner's Aramaic language book

When I first learned Gemarah in yeshiva, I was given a list of common vocab. words and phrases and I had to memorize the Aramaic and Hebrew. This sufficed to help me understand most of the common ...
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What is the origin of the minhag to recite psukim having 3 words?

A few weeks ago, I saw in a Siddur (I wish I could recall which one. It's not one of the "popular brands") a section at the end of Shacharit saying that there is a minhag to recite verses from the ...
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Can one rely on halal combined with vegetarian labels?

i understand that halal can not be trusted for meat, but what about items that are certified halal and certified vegetarian? There are many vegetarian curry pastes and other spice pastes that can be ...
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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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Can a convert choose the Teimani (Yemenite) minhagim?

From what I know, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (Teshuva Shu"T Yachaveh Das Chelek 5 Siman 33) writes that someone who converts in Eretz Yisrael must take on the Minhagim of the Sephardim. However, according to ...
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Why is the Talmud so disparaging towards the “Am Ha'aretz”?

I was shocked when I read in Talmud Pesachim 49a that one should not allow his daughter to marry an "Am Ha'aretz" an ignoramus. Yet, our forefather Avraham was tremendously gracious and respectful to ...
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Why did the ignorant rabbis have to convert to Judaism?

Esther 9:17 says: ורבים מעמי הארץ מתיהדים "The ignorant rabbis became Jewish" I thought rabbis are already Jewish, even if they are ignorant! Why did they have to convert? This question is Purim ...
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Is a video “simulcast” Megilla reading for the hearing-impaired in shul permissible?

We have a many hearing-impaired people in our shul. Even with a microphone on, there is a lot of distortion and people can't hear well. We received a PowerPoint Megilla reading CD from Our Way, a ...
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Working for (non-Jewish) religious organizations

Is there anything in Jewish law restricting Jews from working for other religious organizations? Some examples: can a Jew work as a receptionist at a Mosque? As a gym teacher at a Catholic school? As ...
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Hur in Ki Tisa - You only live twice?

Rashi on sheni in this weeks parsha has two consecutive comments that, taken together, seem rather strange. In 32:5, he says: He saw his sister’s son Hur, who had reproved them [the Israelites], ...
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What does this Talmudic expression mean?

The גמרא in בבא קמא on דף סב עמוד א׳ discusses a case where someone ״דבטש בכספתא.״ What does that expression mean? What's the שורש of דבטש?
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What is special in 22? [duplicate]

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and according to Kabbalah everything has been created on a spiritual level by those 22 forces. But what exactly? Some teachers say we've 22 chromosomes, but I don't ...
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What are time/space portals? [on hold]

I'm aware that there are certain places we connect to more energy and download more energy. In example Jerusalem is the portal as the Holy Temple was built there twice. My understanding is, that ...
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1answer
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Angels in Bohemia?

In the morning birchos krias shema‘, in discussing the angels’ song of praise, the text makes an odd digression: וכולם פותחים את פיהם and they all open Pihm (= Bohemia) (See What are the major ...
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What are metaphysical cosmic windows of time? [on hold]

I'd like to know what are exactly metaphysical cosmic windows in time according to Kabbalah. Can anybody explains what these are? It's something to do with time-space portals (like Jerusalem) where we ...
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Is Baal HaSulam kosher?

There is a wide range of credible, and not so credible sources in the field of Kabbalah. I was wondering if the works of the Baal HaSulam (Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag) such as "Talmud Eser Sefirot" are ...
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What are respectful ways to depict a vision involving Hashem in fiction?

I'm Jewish writing a story that at least Modern Orthodox I hope will consider fit to read, even if not necessarily to be consider frum by some to the right. I'm at the point where the heroine needs a ...
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1answer
55 views

What is the source for this sukkah halacha?

What is the source that one must ride an elephant to shabbat evening meals served in a sukkah when the sukkah is to the northwest of your house? ...let's assume that Double AA is on-topic. This ...
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Is lotus root davar charif?

Lotus root is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, and it has a distinctive shape. Is lotus root a davar charif for kashrut purposes?
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Jumping onto a moving train on shabbos [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it is forbidden to go onto a moving train on shabbos. I'm having a hard time understanding the answer I heard before: the extra weight causes the train to use more power. I ...
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Was Mordechai correct in not bowing down?

The Megillah explains that Mordechai's refusal to bow to Haman is what provoked Haman and nearly resulted in the death of many Jews worldwide. Halachically was Mordechai correct in not bowing down, ...
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Connection Between Purim and Yom Kippur

I heard recently that the Arizal writes that Purim is a higher level holiday than Yom Kippur. In fact, Yom Kippur is Yom KiPurim, a day like Purim. What is the connection between the two? They seem ...
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Can a Jew who dies on Mars be buried there?

Recently, the news has been talking about sending people on a 1-way trip to Mars. AFAIK, no Jews have applied or are scheduled to make the trip. B"H, because I see all sorts of interesting halachic ...

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