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Harkachot while grieving, ch"v

If, G-d forbid, a wife learned of a terrible tragedy while a niddah, is there any possibility that her husband could hug her? To be clear, I am asking for respected sources that look at this matter ...
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How do we explain genaelogy differences between Genesis 4 and 5?

I read in The Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament "Genesis" by Diane Bergant that the similar names in both Cainite and Sethite genealogies found in Genesis 4 and 5 such as Lamech, Enoch, ...
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Rabbinical student married to a Christian receive his smicha [on hold]

Can an Orthodox Jew who has been married for ten years to a Christian wife still become a rabbi?
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Tzadikkim hands above the waist?

The Tzaddikim used to always keep their hands above their waists. I can understand how this was done when all you wore was a robe and sandals, but how did men like the Chofetz Chaim do it when they ...
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75 views
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Bracha covering something retroactively

If I made a bracha on some of the items of food that were in front of me, then realized that this bracha also applies to another of the foods in front of me, do I need to make a new bracha? If not ...
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What is the nuance expressed by Bilam in B'midbar 23:12?

When explaiing G-d's command to Balak, in B'midbar 22:38, Bilam says "what G-d places in my mouth is what I shall speak." In B'midbar 23:12, his phrasing is, "... Whatever G-d places in my mouth is ...
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20 views

Blessings and giving

Malachi 3:10 - Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and ...
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Is negiah okay if the relationship would be forbidden?

Please excuse my lack of knowledge on this topic. Is non-sexual touch allowed between two people between whom a relationship would be halachically forbidden? I assume the answer is "yes" for, say, a ...
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Abram's worship of El Elyon [closed]

In Genesis 14:18-20 Abram recognizes the deity El Elyon of the Jebusite monarch Melchizedek. Some scholars have investigated into the meaning of this name El Elyon and propose that it actually ...
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How do we know that Zimri was the same person as Shlumiel ben Tzurishaddai?

Sanhedrin 82b says that Zimri is the same person as Shlumiel ben Tzurishaddai, and that Zimri is simply a derogatory nickname. But in the passuk that identifies him, he is described as "נשיא בית אב ...
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50 views

Chazakah Halachah?

I know that when a person does something 3 times (some say twice), he has to do it forever. What if there's a break in between the times? Say, a person wear Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin once, the next ...
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143 views

Learning w/o saying Birchas HaTorah

If someone,for whatever reason, cannot say Birchas HaTorah, would that person nevertheless be able to learn Torah that day?
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Why wasn't Zimri executed before Pinchas acted?

At the end of Parshat Balak we get the following sequence: The people, en masse it appears, go after Ba'al Peor. God tells Moshe to execute all the leaders in response. Moshe tells the judges to ...
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God's name--combinaiton of words--looking for verifiables sources or gramatic support

A Mi Yodeya member responded to a question on the proper pronunciation of God's name and said that God's name is "a combination of the words 'Will be, is, was' (יהיה Yihiyeh, Hoveh הווה, haya היה)" I ...
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asking G_d over the life of the enemies [closed]

When a prophet prayed over the life of his enemies the lord responded, and in the same way his son ask for wisdom instead of the life of his enemies. Is the prayer still in practice because I too ...
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Teshuvah for emissions?

So let's say a man had a emission at night or in the morning, would he need to do anything, like teshuvah wise? What exactly does a person do when he wakes up and realises he just had an emission? ...
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In what language did Adam name the animals?

I wonder what language Adam used when he named the animals: Hebrew, Aramaic, or some Sacred Language. Obviously the names reflect the "true nature" of the animal, so it must be a special language, ...
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About Yehuda Amichai poem [closed]

Amichai says in his poem Jerusalem 1967 לשוא תחפש. אתה נושא עיניך להרים, אולי לשם? לא ההרים האלה, מקרי הגיאולוגיה, אלא ההרים. אתה שואל שאלות בלי עליה בקול, בלי סימן שאלה, כדי לצאת ידי חובת שאלות; ...
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37 views

What if you miss the time of the sprinkling?

In parshat chukat it says that if you become tamei due to a dead body, you become pure again by being sprinkled with red-heifer ash-water on the third and seventh day of your impurity, but if you don'...
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35 views

Conversion and Hebrew Names

If a person is converting and considering their Hebrew name for being called to Torah, does the name have to be ancient Hebrew, or would a slightly different ethnic version of the same name be ...
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1answer
32 views

Moshe doubts G-d in Numbers 20:8

In Numbers 20:8 G-d commands Moshe to speak to the inanimate rock for water. Was this really a reasonable command for G-d to make? Even Moshe seems to have thought this was an impossible ...
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67 views

Every blessing begins baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam. Why?

For the past half-century, every blessing I have recited has begun with " baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam". Why is this so? When was the phrase created? Was there some rationale behind ...
2
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2answers
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Did God create all animals in pairs?

I can't find any proof about how many animals of every kind were created in the creation of the world. Is that information mentioned anywhere? Before this question, I mistakenly thought that the ...
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67 views

Why the term “Lord God” in Genesis 2–4?

We sometimes see the term "YHVH Elohim", like in Genesis 2-4. I don't understand why it doesn't just say one or the other, like in many other places in the torah. According to the Documentary ...
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32 views

Brachah on Tefillin, Mezuzah, and Terumah [closed]

When sitting in the Sukkah, we make a brachah of "leishev baSukkah," reflective of the passuk of "basukkos teishvu shiv'as yamim" (Vayikra 23). Similarly, when putting up a ma'akeh, we make a brachah ...
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Unconsciousness in Jewish Thought

Yes, that pun was intended. We know that sleep is 1/60 of death, and dreaming is 1/60 of prophecy (Brachos 57b). This is because it's a partial death, in which a piece of the Neshamah leaves the ...
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What is the Scriptural equivelant of Rabbi?

I am endeavoring to understand the source of Rabbinic authority. I don't mean to be contrary in asking. I find great wisdom abounds in much rabbinic tradition. I just find myself perplexed when it ...
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Sefer Olat Tamid, 13 fulfillments of bracha

Found this online here: Sefer Olat Tamid lists 13 verses that one fulfills each time one says a bracha properly. Included among them: the mitzvah to remember God (Deut. 8:18) recalling ...
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Were the Rabbi's required to be married men with a family? [duplicate]

Were the Rabbi's during the 1st Century AD, and after, required to be men of families, and thus obviously married, having therefore insight into counseling others with inter-family issues to be ...
3
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1answer
109 views

Are there any fonts that allow for the name of Hashem to be typed the way it is in Sephardi siddurim?

I'd like to be able to typeset various tefilos on my computer, so I'd like to be able to type the name of Hashem the way it appears in Sephardi siddurim, like this: Are there any fonts that allow ...
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77 views

Is there a bracha achrona called “Al Ha'Adama”?

This Web page alludes (at Footnote 2) to a discussion of the possibility that the correct bracha after raw grain is "Al HaAdama": Tosfot 37a D"H HaKoses has a doubt that perhaps the Bracha ...
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Which groups hold by the eiruv in Crown Heights?

Crown Heights, Brooklyn is now home to a controversial new eiruv.* I am aware that the majority of Lubavitchers do not hold by it for both Chasidic and Halachic reasons. I am also under the impression ...
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R' Akiva Niggun on Lag B'Omer

What is the source, and the reason, for the widespread custom[1] of singing the last Mishnah in Yoma on Lag B'Omer? Also, why do people, when singing this on Lag B'Omer, skip part of the song (put in ...
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If a woman who wants a divorce destroys her ketubah is she somehow forcing her husband's hand?

Not a practical question! I'm reading a parable (from haza"l) that I don't understand. If a woman wanted to get out of a marriage because she committed adultery and the choice was between divorce or ...
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1answer
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Can I cut to my kippah to make it smaller?

I have a nice black silk kippah, the only problem is that it's too big. Can i cut around to make it smaller? Is there holiness in Kippa, is there a prohibition to cut it?
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What were Moshe and Aharon supposed to say to the rock?

B'midbar 20:8 shows that G-d instructs Moshe and Aharon to speak to the rock, and it will bring forth water. Usually, when G-d instructs Moshe to speak to B'nai Yisra'el he indicates what Moshe ...
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What is the motivation behind the obligated number of times different workers are required to fulfill their conjugal rights obligations?

In Hilchot Ishut the Rambam gives different requirements to men to fulfill their conjugal rights obligations (http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/952888/jewish/Ishut-Chapter-Fourteen.htm). ...
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59 views

Source of שלום זכר

What is the earliest source for the מנהג of making a שלום זכר? Anything earlier than שולחן ערוך will make me happy to be honest...
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Transgender Halachos [duplicate]

In light of recent technologies, for academic purposes only (that is, please do not try this at home under any circumstances): Is one l'chatchillah allowed to become a transgender? If b'dieved one ...
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Kaddish Said by Mourners [duplicate]

When was it instituted that all those who are aveilim in a minyan recite Kaddish? I am under the impression that most codifiers are of the opinion that only one person in the minyan is designated to ...
2
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3answers
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In which historical periods was it allowed to pronounce the tetragrammaton?

We know that Boaz introduced the possibility of greeting people using the tetragrammaton. The Mishnah in Berochos 54a says והתקינו שיהא אדם שואל את שלום חברו בשם שנאמר והנה בעז בא מבית לחם ...
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Does this passage prove a Greek source to the prohibition of speaking the Tetragramaton?

Follow-up to previous quesitons: Where are Jews forbidden to speak the name of God How can we learn the correct way to pronounce God's name? I found a quote from The Babylonian Talmud that ...
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תיקו How can we rely on Eliyohu to decide halachic issues? The Torah is to be decided on earth.

Halachic discussions in the Gemoro can end with the word תיקו. According to one view in Hebrew Wikpedia it stands for תשבי יתרץ קושיות ובעיות. שמשמעותן: השאלה תעמוד ותוכרע רק כאשר יבוא התשבי -...
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1answer
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Cohanim in Paris

Purely out of curiosity; Would a Cohen have to be careful when walking around Paris because of the Catacombs (an underground network of tombs where an estimated 6 million people's bones are buried), ...
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47 views

Which sefiros does each seder matzah correspond to according to the Ari?

The Ari says regarding the Pesach seder, (I'm not sure of the exact source though), "Arrange the Plate on the table by taking three matzahs and placing them one on the other: First the Israelite [...
2
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3answers
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Why was Aharon punished at Mei Meriva?

In parshat Chukat, we see that it was Moshe who hit the rock instead of speaking to it, as G-d had commanded him. Yet, Aharon was punished with dying before entering the land of Israel, receiving the ...
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Why are large parts of the Torah not applicable nowadays?

There are 613 mitzvot enumerated in the Torah. There are many mitzvot (more than half) that are not directly applicable today e.g. laws pertaining to the temples. Despite there being some remnants of ...
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Why not stipulate that Machpela would be a burial site? (N'tziv)

Genesis 23 describes Avraham's purchase of a burial site from Efron the Hittite. The way Haamek Davar explains it — if I understand his commentary to verse 20 correctly — the transaction ...
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How much is one obligated to help a struggling minyan?

Someone attends a minyan that has a near perfect record of getting at least 10 men. Occasionally, a rabbi from another struggling minyan may call him and ask him to assist forming his minyan. What ...

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