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What does a bracha do?

What does a bracha do? It isn't a spell, some magical utterance, or words with power that realise everything one tells. Is it something to changes G-ds mind, will or emotions in order to gain or ...
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Answering kedusha differently to the kehilla?

If one is praying a nusach which is different to the nusach that the shul is using, is it wrong to answer according to your own nusach?
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Asking a shaila with Loshon Hara

Can you say loshon hara for the purposes of asking a shaila (i.e., of a rav)? Must you meet the Chofetz Chaim's seven prerequisites for saying constructive loshon hara in order to do so in this case? ...
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Should you ask someone for forgiveness before Yom Kippur if doing so might embarrass them?

It is a mitzvah to beg for forgiveness on the eve of Yom Kippur from those you have wronged in the previous year. As I understand it, this is necessary at once as a practical tikkun; as a necessary ...
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Why do women wash before family purity bedika on Yom Kippur?

Rechitza--washing/bathing--is, it seems, Biblically prohibited on Yom Kippur. And yet I learned that a married woman who is due to make a bedikah--the twice-daily inspection for blood during niddah, ...
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Crossing the International Date Line too many times during Sefirah

The Lubavitcher Rebbe brought the chiddush (I don't know if everyone holds by it) that one must delay one's celebration of Shavuos by a day if one loses a day in the count as a result of crossing the ...
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Does anyone agree with Rebbe Nachman that the Tikkun HaKlali is a teshuvah for all sins?

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Zt"l apparently recommended reciting a series of ten psalms--plus several interpolated prayers--as a teshuvah for any sin, and particularly the questionable sin of involuntary ...
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Should you apologize before Yom Kippur for a wrongdoing that is more than a year old?

It is a mitzvah to beg for forgiveness on the eve of Yom Kippur from those you have wronged in the previous year. As I understand it, this is necessary at once as a practical tikkun; as a necessary ...
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Is chicken collagen considered fleishig or parve?

I have seen a few brands of Type 2 collagen in a pill form contain chicken collagen. Regarding taking pills, I have asked 2 local rabbanim who agreed with this general rule: Preferably, one should ...
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Can you use a not kosher knife sharpening stone/wheel [duplicate]

I learned the the sharpening stone kashers the knife But are there any sources regarding the use of a sharpening stone/wheel that was used for non kosher knifes (possibly used even when dirty knives)...
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Tehillim 72.17 ינין or ינון?

Is messiahs name ינין or ינון? I know the vav and the yo'd are very similar, is this why it reads differently ?
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Which keilim hold which status now [closed]

Which sources can I use to answer the following: --> What is the rule following Ashkenazim Poskim about the following? Boiling water was poured into a meat metal bowl that contained dry pasta. --> ...
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What was the Lubavitcher Rebbe's position on women's gemara study?

It is my understanding that women's gemara study is rabbinically prohibited. However, I keep hearing that the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l had an interesting, perhaps liberal position regarding women's ...
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In Bemidbar 2.14 , it says רעואל is the father of Eliasaph. Isn't the father of Eliasaph דעואל?

דעואל is known as the father of Eliasaph in bemidbar 1.14, and 3 other places, the resh and the Dalet are very similar, is that the reason ? , this is the only instance I know of that רעואל is known ...
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How do jewish scholars reconcile sex outside marriage with David “technically” not sinning?

Did what David do to Batsheba and Uriah technically legal (not sin?) Says that David is technically not sinning because Batsheba is "technically" divorced. It seems that in ancient Israel, where ...
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Visiting Deceased Loved Ones

Is it a mitzvah of some sort to visit the grave-sites of parents or other close relatives at the cemetery (as opposed to it being primarily sentimental/emotional in nature)? To what extent must one go ...
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How early can I take down my mezuzos before a move?

Suppose a Jew will be vacating an apartment or other property rented from a gentile. In such a case, he is permitted to take down his mezuzos before leaving. How long before actually moving out may he ...
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Do any modern day halachic authorities permit salting vegetables?

I understand from Rabbi Ribbiat's 39 Melachos book that salting many kinds of vegetables including lettuce on Shabbos is a violation of a rabbinic ordinance related to curing/tanning/m'abaid. I ...
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Who customarily wears a tallis by a bris?

By the ceremony of a bris milah there are many "kibbudim" or honors that are given to those that are present. Here is the list (please edit and add if I missed any): Kvater - a man and woman who ...
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Praise for abstract thinking

Where in the Jewish scriptures and law can praise for abstract thinking be found? Presumably this has something to do with why so many Nobel prize winners are Jewish. Thanks.
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different types of kiryah shema(bedtime shema) [closed]

I have seen in many siddur which are of different types of kiryah shema for example in Eliyahu siddur we found shema with all the three paragraphs i,e. Deu:6:4-9, 11:13-21,&number:15:37-41 and ...
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Yekke Jew customs

I would like to know the customs and unique details of what a Yekke Jew does and stands for. I wait three hours between milk and meat but do not know why I do and what makes it right. Can you speak ...
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Be a blessing; what does it mean

In Bereshit (Genesis) 12:2 HaShem tells Avraham that he should be a blessing: V'heyeh Bracha: וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה But what does it mean that someone is a blessing? Isn't all blessing from HaShem, the ...
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Which synagogues in the Catskill, NY area are active during Shabbat and High Holidays?

I am looking to spend a Shabbat in one of the historic Catskill mountain, NY area synagogues (i.e. any shul located in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties.) during the summer as ...
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1answer
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The 5th Commandment - Who should be financially supported first - children or parents?

During a recent Pirkei Avot shi'ur in my synagogue, our rabbi discussed two concepts. Jewish Virtual Library citing of Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin 31B Our Rabbis taught: What is "revere" and what ...
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A Fleishig-Milchig Mixture that's Pareve

I had heard that a dish that's 59 parts pareve to 1 part milchig to 1 part fleishig is pareve, as the fleishig portion is batel by a 1:60 ratio, as is the milchig portion. My question is twofold. ...
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When was the Beith Hamiqdash hasheni fully completed?

What year was the second Beith Hamiqdash fully completed? Can any one of you answer back with both Hebrew and Secular dates?
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Did Jews kill any of their prophet?

Qur'an accuses Jews of killing their prophets: And [recall] when you said, "O Moses, we can never endure one [kind of] food. So call upon your Lord to bring forth for us from the earth its green ...
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Why does Hashem react so violently against the people who demanded meat?

The question is self explanatory so I'll just clarify why it seems to me that Hashem's reaction is disproportionate. Imagine a parent with a spoiled child who starts demanding more than he deserves. ...
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Jews don't pray, we do mitpalel and other things, but how do other forms of divine communication with HaShem fit into this view?

Within the Tanach there seem to be a lot of words which define our communication with HaShem. The world calls this 'prayer', but within the Tanach there are several words to describe this unique ...
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105 views

Why does the Torah have to be in a scroll format

Why does the Torah have to be in a scroll format? How do we know that's what God wants? What insight do we have into why god wants that? Why is it diffenent from all other religions in the world ...
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1answer
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Sowing your field with 2 different seeds “kilayim” does this apply to outside of Israel as well? [duplicate]

Today i ran into a relative that was doing this and mentioned the forbidden law of doing this, he then replied to me that outside of Israel it is allowed. Is this true? And if so does all of judaism ...
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Will parve item remain so within a fume-proof vessel heated inside a meat stove? [closed]

I'm laying out my kitchen for kosher and have decided to make my stove and oven all meat. I'll have a separate nook for cooking dairy. The problem is baking hallah. Normally that is a parve recipe. ...
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1answer
109 views

Drawing breasts

Is it an avierah to draw women with their breasts exposed? I have seen paintings by European artists that depict biblical women with their breasts exposed and wondered: if a Jew were to do this, would ...
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Sanctifying Hashem's Name by getting killed [duplicate]

I heard that if someone is given the option to either convert to Christianity or get burned at the stake; and he gets burned at the stake, then he will not feel the pain since he's sanctifying Hashem'...
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Is there a reason for putting on tefillin in a different room?

In many places where I have davened I have observed people (apparently intentionally) putting on their tallis and tefillin in a different room from where davening takes place. I have seen this even ...
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Ending Shabbat behind a mountain

Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain addresses the question of when Shabbat comes in when there are natural obstructions to the sunset. This question is according to those who follow the ...
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Did the Vilna Gaon ever mention the Ramchal by name in his writings?

It is said that the Vilna Gaon thought very highly of the Ramchal. I would like to know if he is ever mentioned by name by the Gra?
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Are intimate not intercourse acts forbidden between same sex individuals [duplicate]

May two people of the same gender perform intimate (non-intercourse) acts, e.g. fondling, kissing on the lips etc. According to Halacha?
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Do you have to hear the morning blessings of the next minyan before leaving synagogue?

A minyan has just finished davenning and its participants are leaving. The next minyan is starting saying the morning blessings. Is there any obligation of the departing people to hear all the ...
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Targum Onkelos on זה קרבן פלוני בן פלוני

At the end of Naso, there is a difference in the Stone chumash's Targum Onkelos (edit: it's the same in the Dirshu chumash) between Nachshon and the other nesiim. For Nachshon, it says: דין ...
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Why is the father the more important parent? [duplicate]

According to rabbanan Halacha, father is superior to mother and respect due to him takes precedence. I don't believe it's fair to mothers to regard them as inferior. Mother brought you to this world, ...
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Who's more important parent: father or mother? [closed]

Whom should child love, respect, and care for more and why? Or, should he equally love both parents?
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Tumah and Taharah partially practiced Nowadays despit Tum'at met [duplicate]

We cannot to be reach cleanness from death unclenness nowadays, because of the lake of "Mey Chat'at". So, almost all hilchos Tumah v'Taharah are not practiced. We assume that everyone's "Tmei Met". ...
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Is there any significance in the wording of Genesis 3:23?

The text reads: "וישלחהו ה' אלהים מגן עדן לעבד את האדמה אשר לקח משם" "And Hashem God banished him from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken" Why does it only say "ישלחהו" "...
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Shamai HaZakein Buying for Shabbos All Week

The Gemara (Beitzah 16a) talks about Shamai HaZakein, who would buy meat every day, setting aside the current day's meat for Shabbos and eat the previous day's portion, which is no longer set aside ...
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Last line of Yetziv Pitgam

The Artscroll siddurim (that I've seen, I haven't done a full survey of the siddurim and machzorim) translate the last line of Yetziv Pitgam as a reference to Yonatan ben Uziel. The Artscroll chumash,...

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