4
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2answers
196 views

Vacuuming during the Nine Days

I have heard in the name of one posek that vacuuming carpets is forbidden during the Nine Days (between 1 Av and 9 Av, following Ashkenazic custom) since this is equivalent to laundering. Is this ...
6
votes
1answer
567 views

Staying to enjoy the unexpected playing of recorded music during the 3 weeks/9 days

Assuming for a moment that one holds that the prohibition of listening to music during the Three Weeks / Nine Days applies to recorded music, if one were in a store that had music playing on the ...
2
votes
3answers
599 views

Shave/Haircuts during the 3 weeks

What are the reasons why a person may be able shave and/or haircut (two biiiits!- sorry, just had to) during the three weeks? Please use sources.
2
votes
4answers
74 views

Echad Veshishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixty-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.
1
vote
6answers
929 views

Segulah for Children?

What is a Segulah to have children?
3
votes
1answer
150 views

Praying for a Sick Convert

If when we pray for a person we pray for Ploni ben Plonis (e.g. Judah son of Leah or Dina daughter of Leah), what name do we use when praying for a ger (convert)?
6
votes
3answers
461 views

How does an engaged person find a chosson/kallah (pre-marriage) class teacher?

How does an engaged person find a chosson/kallah (pre-marriage) class teacher? Preferably a good one? Is it "just ask around"? Ask a rabbi? Is there any good way to compare different people, or is ...
2
votes
2answers
138 views

Why is my molad-time chart off by a day?

The HaMaor Mikraos Gedolos chumash has a chart of molad (forecasted first visibility of the new moon in Jerusalem, based on averages observable to the naked eye, assuming Jerusalem local time; am I ...
5
votes
3answers
214 views

Mima nafshuch?

How do the words "ממה נפשך" mean what they mean, i.e. "either way"?
3
votes
10answers
149 views

Shishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows sixty? 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.
1
vote
1answer
225 views

Why translate Torah to 70 languages

Rashi to Devarim 1:5 says Moshe translated the Torah into 70 languages. Why did he do so?
1
vote
1answer
79 views

Why did Moshe complain about the Spies in Bamidbar if he thought it was a good idea?

The Posuk says: וַיִּיטַב בְּעֵינַי, הַדָּבָר; וָאֶקַּח מִכֶּם שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר אֲנָשִׁים, אִישׁ אֶחָד לַשָּׁבֶט Transalation: It was good in his eyes What was Moshe's complaint if it was good ...
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votes
1answer
189 views

The Female N'vios [closed]

Name the females who where also n'vios (prophetesses)?
1
vote
2answers
168 views

Shortest word in the Torah [closed]

What is the shortest word in the Torah?
10
votes
3answers
1k views

Meat on Rosh Chodesh of 9 days

Why is The reasoning that Sefardim do eat on Rosh Chodesh and Ashkinazim do not? Sefardim http://www.dailyhalacha.com/displayRead.asp?readID=950&txtSearch=meat 9 days Ashkenazim ...
4
votes
1answer
213 views

Kibus (Laundry) During the Nine Days

The reason brought by Rashi and quoted by poskim such as the Mishna Berurah as to why we do not do laundry during the nine days (or Sefardim, in the week that the Ninth of Av falls out in) is because ...
0
votes
3answers
84 views

Chair on Tisha'bav [closed]

Who must sit on a chair on Tishbav?
2
votes
2answers
423 views

4 Brachos once? [closed]

Which four brachos are said exactly once every year outside of Israel?
8
votes
4answers
283 views

Teiku VS. Kashya

When a Gemara does not have a solution to a question why does it sometimes it end off with "Teiku" and sometimes with "Kashya"?
4
votes
3answers
119 views

Why did the Torah list all the stops the Jews made in the Wilderness?

What is the significance of the stops that the Jews made in the desert, that the Torah had to name them (Numbers 33:1–49)?
7
votes
2answers
187 views

The Split Between Sefardim and Ashkenazim

How did this split happen historically and halachically before Shulchan Aruch, and why is not like having two Torahs? Where is the source for the split?
0
votes
2answers
37 views

Tish'a Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-nine? 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.
6
votes
1answer
264 views

Is it proper for a man to hold open a door for a woman?

Is it proper for a man to hold open a door for a woman? (Does it matter if it's his wife, or any other woman?) The American-manners, don't-dare-be-or-look-like-a-misogynist part of me says "always, ...
4
votes
1answer
250 views

Is returning a car with a full tank of gas a problem of ribis (interest/usury)?

I was told that if you borrow a car from a friend, it's courteous to return it washed, and with a full tank of gas (even if the car was dirty and had an empty tank when you borrowed it). Is there any ...
14
votes
5answers
558 views

Prayer for Illness - Why use the mothers name?

Why when someone is sick do we say his mothers name not his father's?
6
votes
1answer
793 views

Wearing New Clothes in Three Weeks

Can one wear new clothes during Three Weeks? Do pajamas and undergarments have the same rule?
5
votes
1answer
192 views

Can a man fulfill his obligation by listening to a woman's Birchos HaShachar?

Can a man fulfill his obligation by listening to a woman's Birchos HaShachar (morning blessings)? What about vice-versa? I suppose my question breaks down into three parts: Do women have a lesser ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

Shemona Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-eight? 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.
4
votes
1answer
110 views

Clean Cut Nazir?

Can a Nazir cut the hairs on his face?
6
votes
5answers
581 views

Eating Giraffe Meat

Why is it common practice not to eat Giraffe Meat?
7
votes
3answers
282 views

Double Yud as G-ds Name

What is the significance of the double Yud used as a stand-in for G-d's name?
0
votes
1answer
219 views

Chassan and Kallah

Why in Hebrew is the word Chosson mean both Groom and son in law and Kallah means bride and daughter in law?
6
votes
1answer
105 views

Can you have a shliach do something you have sworn not to do?

If you swear not to do something can you send someone to do it for you?
4
votes
1answer
102 views

Shabbos and Later Davening (Prayer)

Why on Shabbos do most people daven (pray) later than usual? (I seek an halachic answer.)
2
votes
1answer
180 views

Billam's Bitter End

The Gemara in Sanhedrin (Kuf Vav Amud Beis) says that Billam suffered all 4 deaths that are given by Beis Din. Rashi explains they hung him-CHENEK, and lit a fire under him, and chopped off his ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Signposts Ahead

Why do we go out of our way to put up roadsigns for unintentional murderers (Makkos 10a) while we do not for people going to Yerushalayim for Yomim Tovim (which is a Mitzva)?
2
votes
2answers
166 views

Yarden's River Name

Why is it called ירדן?
11
votes
2answers
166 views

Pool and Tzitzis

Do I need to make another Bracha on putting on tzitzis after I get out of the pool?
16
votes
2answers
2k views

Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband

Can a woman use a Mikvah if her Husband is not Jewish (She is currently on the road to becoming a BT)
12
votes
1answer
601 views

Food in bathroom

Is one allowed to take food into the bathroom? I heard that the prohibiton is only on the type of bathroom used years ago.
1
vote
3answers
139 views

How many people died before Pinchas killed Zimri?

In the mass death at the end of Parashas Balak, how many people died before Pinchas killed Zimri?
-4
votes
1answer
176 views

Zimri age at the time of sin?

What was Zimri's age at the time he had relations with Kozbi?
4
votes
2answers
318 views

What's the “ORegon 7-1222” on R' Moshe Feinstein's letterhead? [closed]

The English part of of R' Moshe Feinstein's letterhead reads as follows: RABBI MOSES FEINSTEIN 455 F.D.R. DRIVE New York, N.Y. 10002 __ ORegon 7-1222 See for instance this letter, this ...
1
vote
3answers
29 views

Shiv'a Vachamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty-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.
0
votes
1answer
108 views

Zimri real name [closed]

What was Zimri real name?
1
vote
2answers
109 views

Why did they eat?

It says that before the Jews had relations with the Midyanite women that eventually led Pinchas to kill Kozbi and Zimri they ate of their Idolatrous sacrifices and then it says and they bowed to their ...
5
votes
4answers
923 views

Significance of the gemara statment תיקו Teku?

Why do we say תיקו Teiku when there is no answer in the Gemara?
4
votes
1answer
117 views

Sefardic Wedding

Can an Askanazi (who follow the rulings of the Rema who does not allow weddings during three weeks)go to a Sefardic wedding (who follow the rulings of the Beis Yosef who allows weddings during the ...
0
votes
3answers
685 views

Who is the Demon Ketav Meriri?

What is the Ketav Meriri?
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Women and Kriyas Hatorah

Are women responsible to hear Kriyas Hatorah?

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