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Who were members of Beth Shammai?

I know Rav Eliezer was one, but do we know other members of Beth Shammai?
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Shulchan Aruch HaRav Signs Omens Location?

Does anyone know where the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch speaks about halachos of signs and omens in Shulchan Aruch HaRav? I think the Rema speaks about it in Yoreh Deah 179:4, but does anyone know if the ...
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What conditions would render plants non-kosher?

Under certain conditions, I know that uncontaminated (e.g. no insects / meat, etc) plant-based foods are prohibited (ie., non-kosher). Examples I can think of include: Non-kosher wine Chometz ...
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Why does the Haggadah interpret ביד חזקה as referring to דבר?

Why does the Haggadah interpret ביד חזקה (strong hand) as referring to the plague of דבר (pestilence)? Why don’t the other plagues demonstrate a strong hand?
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Where is the Rabbinic prohibition of tattoos discussed?

According to the gemara in Makkos 21a, it seems that the biblical prohibition of tattoos only extends to tattoos made for religious purpose. However, the vast majority of poskim all seem to imply that ...
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Chamisha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Why does Rav Saadia Gaon say to make a bracha by Orchatz and Borei Nephashot after Karpas?

In the Siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon on page 136, where he discusses the Pesach Seder, he says that when we do Orchatz we are supposed to make a bracha, and after Karpas to say Borei Nephashot. However, ...
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Washing Pesach: kohanim

In preperation of the Pesach i read a couple of verses from the Tenach and found something which raised a couple of questions. In Divrei Hayamim II 35:6 for example i found that the Levites should ...
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Songs Under the Chuppah

The is a widespread wedding custom to sing a short benediction, מי אדיר‎, when the groom arrives under the canopy, and to sing מי בן שיח‎, for the bride as she arrives and walks around the ...
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Urchatz Pesach Meal

At the Pesach Seder the Urchatz is the washing of hands without a bracha. At the Pesach seder our table is like the altar, so since the Kohanim should wash their hands and feet in order to serve or ...
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Ashkenazic Rabbanim who hold Kitniyot are batel berov lechatchilah before pesach

Are there any Ashkenazic poskim who hold, like R.Yitzchak Abadi, that kitniyot are batel berov lechatchilah before pesach, thus allowing Ashkenazim to drink regular coke with corn syrup, for example, ...
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Why are karbanos brought on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Rashi to the beginning of Vayakhel points out that despite its importance, the mishkan can not be built on Shabbos. However, we find that most karbanos can be brought on Shabbos, even though this ...
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437 views

What is the difference between sephardi and ashkenazi rituals? [closed]

I was wondering about the difference between sephardim and ashkenazim. I know there is a difference in the pronunciation. What about rituals? Customs? Etc etc.
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How much of benching should be said aloud in a zimmun?

When a zimmun (rabbotai nevarech, etc.) is done, I have heard that the first three paragraphs should be said aloud by the leader. (That'd be: Baruch Ata Adoshem Hazan Et Haolam......Baruch Ata ...
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1answer
59 views

Missing words in parshas zachor or parshas parah

If someone didn't hear words (or perhaps even an entire verse) from Parshas Zachor or Parshas Parah, are they yotzee b'dieved? I'm specifically asking in this case since Parshas Zachor is d'oraisa and ...
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289 views

What is the source that Parshas Parah is from the Torah?

I have read in many places that Parah could be a bliblical requirement to read. Why is that? Zachor makes sense (as it says so in the Torah here). Why Parah?
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458 views

The single male and shabbat

Is a single male permitted to light the shabbat candles and say the blessing? And if so, how many candles? Do the rules change based on whether alone or in the company any single females?
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What are the relevance of the first three posukim of the Haftorah for parshas Tazria to the Torah reading?

The Haftorah for parshas Tazria - Kings Ⅱ 4:42-5:19 - talks about how Na’aman, who was supra-naturally afflicted with a skin blemish, went to Elisha the prophet and was cured, and this ...
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1answer
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Husband lighting Shabbat candles

If my wife is out of the country for an extended trip, am I required to light Shabbat candles in the house if I am home alone? Does it matter how long she is going to be away? Or that the time ...
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2answers
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Did Esther eat at the first feast she made for the king and Haman?

Esther 5:1,5:4 says that Esther made the first feast on the third day of the fast. Earlier (4:16), Esther tells Mordechai that she will also fast for three days. Did she eat at the feast, or was ...
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Does a poor person have to give Maaser?

If someone can't finish the month financially, and has to borrow or take gifts in order to feed his family, does he still have to give Maaser from his salary?
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151 views

Bittul Chometz before the time

After bedikas chometz on the 14th of Nissan by night and again on the 14th of Nissan by day we are "m'vatel" (nullify) all of the chometz in our reshus (property.) Can a person say already any time ...
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992 views

Maaser Deductibles

Are there any expenses that one is allowed to "deduct" from his income before calculating the amount of Maaser one must give? For example, if one makes a hundred thousand dollars a year, but his ...
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1answer
172 views

Adding cold water to an electric urn on Yom Tov causes the main heating element to come on after a delay. Is it allowed?

This question is related. The difference here is that there is a delay between adding the water and the element coming on. On Yom Tov there is insufficient water in the urn. A small amount of cold ...
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1answer
76 views

Toiveling of Industrial Equipment

Recently, I made some vodka at home and my friend (modern orthodox) asked that it be toiveled so that he may drink the beverage. However, I know that extremely religious Jews will drink whiskey or ...
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1answer
162 views

Tsnius for Women : Talmud Torah for Men

I have heard the idea that the concept of tsnius, or modesty, for women is equivalent to the command of Torah study for men. Once, I overheard this in a conversation between two men, one of whom I ...
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1answer
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Signs from Hashem

Is one allowed to make a sign if there is no one around them, which can guide and help them, except Hashem. If one is allowed to make a sign, are they allowed to believe in it and make life changing ...
3
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1answer
85 views

How long did the showdown with Paro last?

Recently my torah-study group was discussing the events of Parshat Sh'mot, and someone claimed that people could only gather straw for bricks in the fall (I don't know if that's true) and the exodus ...
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1answer
520 views

Borrowed an egg from my neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside

If one borrowed an egg from a neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside, do they have to repay the egg? Should you say that since the neighbor would also throw away the egg if they found a bloodspot then ...
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5answers
344 views

Sonogram (ultrasonography) on Infant for Gender

It seems there are some people who specifically don't want to know their baby's gender before birth. Is there any halachic basis to this, or is it just superstition?
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0answers
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Why is the torah reading for minor fast days different by just one verse from when that reading occurs in the regular cycle?

On minor fast days we read Sh'mot 32:11-14 and 34:1-10. The latter is almost the fifth aliyah of Ki Tisa, which is Sh'mot 34:1-9. I've been taught that aliyah boundaries are thoughtful (not ...
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2answers
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Why were Yisrael allowed to mourn for the death of the two sons of Aharon, but not Aharon and his two remaining sons?

After the two sons of Aharon were killed by Hashem, it says in Vayikra 10:6 “ And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons: Do not leave your heads unshorn and do not rend your ...
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1answer
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How did Moshe know that Nadav and Avihu were greater than either himself or Aharon?

In Vayikra 10:3 after the two sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, were killed, Moshe said to Aharon “This is what the Hashem said, saying: I will be sanctified through those near to Me, and before all ...
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3answers
359 views

December 25 Greetings

Is it permitted say any of the following to a Christian colleague: 1) Merry Christmas 2) Happy Xmas 3) Happy Holidays I am specifically referring to initiating a greeting not responding to such a ...
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6answers
183 views

Seforim with Drashos on the Torah (Recommendation)

What are good Seforim for using to help in developing drashos to say on the weekly Parsha (i.e. to use as a starting point, to quote, to find Medreshim, "nice vertlach", various "p'shatim" in pasukim, ...
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1answer
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Can the promise to repay through a credit card be considered a guarantee for a loan to a Gemach?

Money Gemachs typically insist on at least one guarantor before they make a loan. Someone needing a loan, suggests to the Gemach that his guarantor will be his credit card. He is using the Gemach to ...
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2answers
179 views

What's the reason for conquering the different nations in Joshua?

The first book of the prophets, Yehoshua, begins with God commanding Joshua to battle the various nations in Israel. Did these nations do any evil to the Jews prior? Or, was this simply the will of ...
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1answer
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Plants vs Zombies Avoda Zara

In the digital game Plants vs. Zombies, there are graveyard tombs in the shapes of crosses. Does this constitute avoda zara? Is it therefore assur to play this game?
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2answers
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Why do we make blessings on mitzvot d'rabbanan at the second seder?

As far as I know mitzvot such as eating marror or saying hallel at the Pesach seder are only rabbinic (the marror was biblical previously but I am told that is no longer so). If this is the case and ...
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1answer
84 views

Is there a prohibition of paying interest misafek (doubt)?

Reuvain borrowed money from Shimon, and both are unsure if it was ever payed back. Now, of course Shimon can't claim any money from Reuvain, but if Reuvain wants to pay him back out of doubt, should ...
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86 views

Eating after shkiah on a weekday

ב"ה I know one isnt allowed to eat after Shkiah on Shabbos. But what about a weekday? For instance what if one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis? My question is prompted ...
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1answer
104 views

If there are not the required ten in a minyan? [closed]

How should one proceed if after arriving there are not the required ten for a minyan for let's say Shacharit or Mincha?
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1answer
66 views

Ex post facto realization of having seen a living member of a royal family

If one happened to be in a place at a time when a member of a royal family walked by, should one make the Berachah that one says upon seeing a king? Assume the royal person did, in fact, wield great ...
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4answers
540 views

In regards to writing, can soda bottles be opened on Shabbos?

Specifically, when the writing - such as an expiration date - is printed in dot matrix style across the line between the bottle cap and the bottle cap's ring, what are the issues involved in opening ...
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2answers
280 views

Placing a unattached plastic over the stroller on Shabbos / Yom Tov

According to Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Shlita The Rama in Hilchos Succah 626:3 says that one is permitted to open and shut hinged flaps that are used for covering the Succah when raining. The ...
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4answers
863 views

Is cross-dressing permitted on Purim and if so why?

As part of dressing in costume on Purim is a person allowed to put on clothes normally worn by the opposite gender? If so, where does this heter come from in the face of the biblical prohibition ...
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1answer
168 views

Can non-kosher meat be eaten with fish?

The prohibition of mixing meat with milk and of deriving benefit from their mixture concerns only kosher meat (Hullin 8:4 [113a]; Hilkhot Maakhalot Assurot 9:3; Yoreh De'ah 87:3; etc). As such, it may ...
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2answers
172 views

Holiness in Intimacy

My understanding of one functionality of blessings is that they help one to take a moment and focus one's intent on the Creator and on one's higher purpose. This idea is especially poignant when one ...
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1answer
162 views

Where does 5774 fall in the 19-year cycle?

We are in a leap year, as indicated by the presence of Adar Bet. Leap years occur every third, sixth, eighth, eleventh, fourteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth years in the cycle. So how to tell ...
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Why be happy Shushan Purim?

Rama (695:2) quotes from the Maharil (though I don't see it there): וחייב במשתה ושמחה קצת בב׳ ימים י״ד וט״ו and one must have a drinking party and joy, a little, on two days: the fourteenth and ...

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