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5answers
322 views

Why twins? Why not just Yaakov?

Why did HaShem create twins (Yaakov and Esuv) if he could just create one righteous person who would be Yaakov with the good traits of Esuv? I know Esuv was supposed to support Yaakov, but Yaakov ...
6
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5answers
1k views

Non-Jews (Gentiles) in Olam Haba (Jewish Afterlife)?

Are there non-Jews in Olam Haba (the world to come), either in Gehenom (Hell) or Gan Eden (Heaven)?
2
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2answers
152 views

Geihinom and Gan Eden

What are Gohenom and Gan Eden? Is it common to go to Gohenom before Gan Eden?
3
votes
3answers
912 views

Music on Rosh Chodesh Iyar?

1) Are you allowed to listen to Music on Rosh Chodesh Iyar? 1a) Does your individual Sefirah status matter such as the first half, second half or both?
6
votes
4answers
350 views

Hashem is here and there and everywhere?

Is Hashem really in front of us, behind us, next to us, etc?
5
votes
3answers
412 views

Why did Hashem offer the Torah to all the other nations?

Why did Hashem bother to ask all the other nations if they wanted to get the Torah when He knew they'd say no? (See Midrash Sifri, Deuteronomy 343) (I already know Hashem is beyond time)
4
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3answers
175 views

good learning site [closed]

what is a good source for learning?
5
votes
4answers
317 views

What's the origin of the name “Jew”?

Why are we called "the Jews"? Did Hashem pick out this name for us? What does the word "Jew" mean?
3
votes
5answers
220 views

bad things' happening to good people

Why do bad things happen to good people? And, even if they do, bad things, not good things, should happen to bad people!
7
votes
6answers
336 views

why create non kosher animals?

why did hashem create non kosher animals, was it to tempt us and see if we would control ourselves?
8
votes
6answers
341 views

Why do we sing “Echad Mi Yodeya”?

Why do we sing the song "Echad Mi Yodeya" at the seder?
11
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9answers
632 views

do we really have free choice?

I was told Hashem created us with free will; so we can make a choice to do good or evil, right? Well, Hashem knows what we are going to do in 10 minutes. So do we really have free will? Hashem can see ...
3
votes
3answers
167 views

What does Hashem see right now? [closed]

I know Hashem looks down at us and watches everything we do. The question I am trying to ask is, what does he see right now? I don't think Hashem exists in time, as he is not in the past or the ...
1
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4answers
329 views

Is Hashem spiritual? [closed]

I know that Hashem is not physical but is He spiritual? Also does He exist in time?
4
votes
2answers
107 views

The Inquisition [closed]

What was the reason of the Inquisition, who started it, and did it do what it was supposed to do?
2
votes
7answers
121 views

Shisha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixteen? 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.
4
votes
2answers
91 views

Judaism and successful life - which details in jewish culture determines success?

Statistics show 30% of Nobel Prizes in science and twenty percent of Forbes 400 are Jewish achievements. I don't believe genetic explanation is accurate, there must be some parts of upbringing and ...
7
votes
2answers
185 views

washing your hands and forgetting

If you wash your hands and your mind goes blank and you dont remember if you said a bracha or not. do you make a new one? Do you wash again and then make a new one?
3
votes
1answer
76 views

Can a person who killed by accident subsequently be a witness?

If a person kills and there are only two witnesses and one witness has killed by accident before, are there two witnesses, or does the one who killed before not count?
2
votes
2answers
66 views

A persons potential

It says that a persons potential keeps rising as his spiritual level rises. If so, how does a person reach his potential?
5
votes
4answers
230 views

Does HaShem need rest?

Why did HaShem create Shabbos? He doesn't need rest!
6
votes
4answers
232 views

do we get another chance to reach shamayim if we missed our goal once?

I have heard that there is a task for everyone to fulfill before they enter shamayim, but what happens if you had a chance to fulfill your task in life and you missed it? do you get a different task? ...
2
votes
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???????
7
votes
2answers
419 views

Why does Halacha say to tie your shoes in a specific order?

What is the point of putting on your right shoe and then your left? (And if you're a righty to tie your left shoe and then your right.)
5
votes
13answers
147 views

Chamisha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifteen? 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.
6
votes
1answer
520 views

Why does the Torah forbid interest only on loans to Jews?

Why aren't we allowed to charge a Jew interest but we're allowed to charge a non-Jew?
18
votes
7answers
718 views

Why the vast difference of opinion about the age of the Universe?

5770 and 13,000,000,000 is a big difference! I am looking for a good explanation to the difference opinion of the age of the universe. Please help me out!
8
votes
2answers
482 views

matzah = mezonos or hamotzi

What is the reasoning of the 2 different minhagim (traditions) on what bracha to say on matzah when its not Peasach?
16
votes
2answers
449 views

Why do we say Mazel Tov? Shouldn't we thank Hashem?

Why do we say "Mazel Tov" when something good happens to a person? Doesn't that mean "good luck?" Are we saying that what happened, happened because of luck?
15
votes
8answers
516 views

Why is “Shalom Aleichem” always plural?

Why do we say Shalom Alaichem to one person if Alaichem is plural? Is it saying you and all of the Jews? Is that why it's plural?
15
votes
8answers
929 views

Why wear Black hats

Why do people wear black hats if their kippa has 2 layers?
8
votes
3answers
227 views

Bar Mitzva during S'fira

If someone has his bar mitzva during s'firas haomer and said the bracha every night so far, can he still make a bracha? (I will be asking a Rav for the actual P'sak Halacha)
5
votes
4answers
189 views

Shalom Alaichem and vice versa

Why do people respond Alaichem shalom when someone tells them Shalom Alaichem? Doesn't it mean the same thing?
6
votes
4answers
284 views

Is Hashem corporeal?

I heard of a discussion over Peseach about whether Hashem is corporeal. Which classical Jewish sources (Talmud/Achronim/Rishonim) offer definitive opinions about this? (Please cite references!) I ...
3
votes
9answers
111 views

Arba'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows fourteen? 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.
5
votes
2answers
273 views

What does Yarmulka mean?

What does the word Yarmulka mean?
7
votes
5answers
408 views

Kippa in Torah?

Where does it say in the Torah to wear a Kippa?
3
votes
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 ...
2
votes
2answers
96 views

How is it possible that Yisrael went out of Egypt after only 210 years due to hard work?

Is it possible to say that the Jews were in Egypt for only 210 years because they were worked so hard? Would Hashem really do that if he already told Avraham that they would be there for 400 years?
11
votes
3answers
234 views

Why are there only four mothers?

Why aren't Bilhah and Zilpah considered matriarchs? If Yaakov married them, obviously they were great people, right?
8
votes
1answer
773 views

Blowing bubbles on Shabbos

Is there any halachik problem with blowing bubbles on Shabbos? If so what melacha categories does it fall under? Does the age of the blower matter?
5
votes
1answer
177 views

Does one do aliya-ending notes when reading Torah in private?

When reading the Torah with cantillation in private, such as when doing "Shnayim Mikra Ve-echad Targum," when one gets to the end of an aliya (formal division of a parasha), does one end with the tune ...
13
votes
6answers
1k views

Sheidim, fact or fiction?

Are there really such thing as sheidim? If so, what are they? Please include sources.
14
votes
4answers
1k views

Is it muttar to whistle?

Is it allowed for a Jew to whistle? If yes, is it even allowed on Shabbos? If no, why not? Has anyone ever heard that if one whistles at night, that it attracts sheidim and mazikin? And what are the ...
3
votes
10answers
137 views

Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirteen? 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. (What, you ...
7
votes
6answers
389 views

A letter prohibiting television?

I don't have the book myself, but I believe it is called To Touch Kindle a Soul, on chinuch. It contains, in the endnotes a reference to a letter written by Rav Moshe Feinstein zt'l, Rav Shach zt'l, ...
15
votes
4answers
941 views

What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?

What is the famous argument between the Vilna Gaon and the Ba'al HaTanya in understanding the Sod HaTzimtzum? And what are some ma'areh mekomos in their works where this Machlokes is seen?
5
votes
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 ...
7
votes
2answers
175 views

Yisrael or Yaakov?

Does anyone have any sources on a conclusive guide to when the name "Yisrael" is used and when the name "Yaakov" is used in the Torah in reference to Yaakov Avinu, the individual?
4
votes
8answers
109 views

Shneim Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows twelve? 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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