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1answer
36 views

In the Zchus (merit) of?

Which specific Zchus did Miriam have for the well,Moshe for the מן Mann, and Ahron for the Ananie Hakovod (clouds of glory)?
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3answers
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Why make a Copper Snake?

Why did Moshe have to make a Copper snake. Wouldn't it be simpler if the snakes went away? (or acted as they were before the plague)
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1answer
25 views

Echad Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-one? 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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1answer
170 views

Parshas Chukas Fast

Why do people fast on the Friday of Parshas Chukas?
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9answers
210 views

What bar/bat mitzva present did you actually want/like/use?

In retrospect, what made a good bar/bat mitzva present? What actually got used? Also: for a less-observant Bar/Bat Mitzvah boy/girl, what's a good gift? How do you achieve the right balance of ...
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1answer
55 views

Why repeat if forget?

Many times in Halacha we find that one should repeat if forgetting something. For example, on Rosh Chodesh (by Shacharis or Mincha), one must repeat Shemonah Esrei if s/he forgot Yaaleh Veyovo. On ...
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2answers
35 views

Shiv'a Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-seven? 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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1answer
239 views

Is getting an aliyah and Bar-Mitzvah laining needed

Is it needed to get called up to the bimah and, also is it needed for you to lain from the torah on your Bar-Mitzvah?
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1answer
138 views

Schwa+Heh Pronunciation

How should a heh with a schwa under it be pronounced in an intermediate position in a word? E.g. פדהאל, or נהדר
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2answers
87 views

Yiddish city name from the 19th c

There is a locale referenced in a few places in stories or other materials relating to R' Y'chi'el Tz'vi Margaliyos called טאקאלא, on which extremely little information seems to be available online. ...
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5answers
62 views

Arba'a Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-four? 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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1answer
112 views

chicken kashrus

When buying chicken from your local kosher butcher, what signs should one look for that would indicate there may be a question about the chicken's kashrus? Does it matter whether one bought a whole ...
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1answer
170 views

Riddle: What halacha is learned from something said by Satan? [closed]

Riddle: Name a halacha derived from a statement of Satan.
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2answers
134 views

Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc

Psalms 31:6 in a Tanakh is beyadcha afkid ruchi, padita orti, adonai el emet. The same verse in an English Bible is at 31:5 because they skip what is 31:1 in a Tanakh. Which is correct?
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3k views

Mishnah Berurah PDF

Does anybody know where I can get a PDF of the complete Mishnah Berurah?
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1answer
72 views

Teshuvah Negating a Negative Prophecy

There is a concept that while a positive prophecy must come to pass (at least when it is a national prophecy) a negative one can be retracted if the subjects to teshuvah (repent)? While there a number ...
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1answer
110 views

The 7 Noachide Laws

What are the 7 Noachide Laws? And where do we know them from?
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1answer
118 views

Kashrus Explained

A close friend of mine asked me to fire this question at the mi.yodeya community so here goes: "I came across this rather interesting rendition of "kashrus Explained", not sure who authored it, but I ...
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3answers
65 views

Chamisha Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
38 views

Arba'a Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-four? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
104 views

Loshon HaRa and the down vote

The laws of Loshon HaRa apply whether it is the spoken word, written word, or even gestures. While I'm inclined to think it is permitted (and have done so on select occasions) how would you ...
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2answers
132 views

Tazria-Metsora Parsha Riddle [closed]

You might see me but i don't affect you yet, I come in all shapes and sizes, and i stopped the B'nai Yisroel in the desert for a week. ??????Who am I???????
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2answers
95 views

Ma'aseh Rav-the Rabbi did such and such

Often times in the course of halachic discussions it will be related that a certain Rav did such and such. When do such accounts have halachic significance? How do we safeguard against ...
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1answer
308 views

Kel (Melech) Chanun V'Rachum — do you say Melech?

Some siddurs have the phrase "Ki Kel Melech Chanun V'Rachum Ata" at the conclusion of Ya'aleh v'Yavo. Some have Melech in parentheses; some don't have it at all. Can anyone tell me something about ...
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1answer
473 views

Tevilas Keilim for Glass

Does glass need tevilas keilim? And if so, does one make a Bracha?
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1answer
100 views

Secular Concerts in a Shul?

Here's a softball. :) Does the Seridei Eish, HaRav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg zt"l permit the performance of a secular concert in a synagogue?
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2answers
915 views

What makes something “chukat goyim?”

One of the most famous examples I have heard is that one should not even tie one's shoes like the non-Jews do in times of persecution. That seems rather excessive. What if the Jews started doing some ...
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4answers
84 views

Tish'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-nine? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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3answers
134 views

Sign Language During Davening

Would one be allowed to use fingerspelling to communicate during pesukei d'zimrah (or other parts of davening where one is not allowed to talk)? Would it make any difference if one was ...
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2answers
143 views

Is diversity a Jewish value?

We hear a lot about the value of diversity these days, especially in academic settings. What about in hashkafa? Does "shivim panim l'Torah" teach that diversity is to be valued, and to what degree? ...
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1answer
87 views

Why do the names of neviim change?

I was curious why a number of names in Navi- the prophets- seem to change. Yirmiyah is also called Yirmiyahu, Yeshayah/Yeshayahu, etc. and a number of the kings have a similar variation. Is there a ...
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2answers
121 views

Chamets on pesach [closed]

If a Ba'al T'shuva had chamets that was either very important to him, or had a big monitary value and had it in his possesion over pesach before he came back, is there a possible Heter for him so that ...
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1answer
78 views

Pesach Sheini and Karet

On a related question Jeremy noted that the punishment for failing to observe the positive command of bringing a Korban Pesach is Karet, spiritual excision. If one did not bring the Korban Pesach on ...
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1answer
493 views

Mikvah erev Yom kippur

Do you have an obligation to go to the mikvah erev Yom Kippur.
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0answers
129 views

Fasting on an airplane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fast days and time zones If I am flying from Israel to NY during Tisha B'Av do I have to fast for 32 hours, or can I end the fast when it ends in the place where I was? ...
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1answer
192 views

Shiluach HaKen and a possibly Tahor bird

Shuchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292:1 rules that the commandment of shiluach haken applies only to birds which are tahor, a kosher species. The meforshim explain that the Torah say tzipor which only refers ...
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1answer
170 views

Giving away coupon to non-kosher restraurant

Can a "kosher eating only" Jew who receives a coupon for a free meal at a non-kosher restraurant give that coupon to another jew, even if they don't keep kosher? I know you are not making them go and ...
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2answers
248 views

Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?

People get these nice Israeli silver gifts like kiddush cups or fountains -- do they need to be dunked in the mikva?
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3answers
167 views

davening (coming in during shema)

where are supposed to start at when you come into shachrit during shema on a regular week day?
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1answer
1k views

Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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2answers
707 views

How to pray in public places?

If you're stuck in a public place (e.g. airport, mall) and need to daven (pray) -- usually it's Mincha, right before sunset: what's the best way to do it?
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2answers
121 views

Shalom alecha rebbi (u'mori)

What is the significance of the time it takes to say Shalom Alecha Rebbi (U'mori)?
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2answers
157 views

Baal Habayis in Bentching

When bentching (saying the prayer after meals), one is to insert a blessing for one's host. I have four scenarios, in which I wonder about whether it is appropriate to say the blessing for the host or ...
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1answer
74 views

When do you place the Mezuzah?

Possible Duplicate: Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot… When do you place the Mezuzah? 30 days after beginning rental or moving in?
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1answer
208 views

What went down in 1666 before Shabtai Tz'vi's apostasy?

It seems agreed upon that one or more representatives from Lvov traveled to either investigate, visit or out Shabtai Tzvi in 1666 when he was still claiming to be the mashi'ach. Immediately following ...
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4answers
371 views

Breakfast cereal brachot

Is there a reliable on-line source for finding the brerachot for commercially prepared breakfast cereals?
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4answers
537 views

Do bananas make the best karpas?

For karpas at the seder, one is supposed to eat a food on which the blessing "borei pri ha'adama" is made. However, many of the most commonly used food items for karpas (e.g. parsley, raw onion, raw ...
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4answers
165 views

Washing hands before Karpas

What was the Brisker Rov's explanation for washing hands before Karpas by ורחץ?
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2answers
545 views

Starting Shabbat early during the summer

Is there an earliest time one may begin Shabbat during the summer months? We were traveling south and stopped at a Jewish community for Shabbat. The Shul there davened Mincha friday at 6:10, then ...
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1answer
90 views

How do I bake my own matza?

I'd really like to bake matza by hand. I know that it's impractical and inadvisable to try doing it on my own, but I hear that groups of people go to matza factories to do it. How do I find such a ...

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